Leia is not a canopy built to the standards of a mere workhorse, but to the impossibly high standards of a modern competition canopy. With advanced panel shaping and the latest generation planform initiated with Petra, she is the most modern wing you can buy short of a full comp-specific sail fabric parachute. Her high ellipticity, optimized wing tips and signature Powerband nose make for a leading edge that simply slices through air. From Leia’s sleek computer engineered 21-cell design to her sexy airfoil and Vectran 400 lines, she is not just the world’s ultimate ZP canopy. She is your ultimate everyday swoop wing. The result? She’s soft where you want her and strong where you need her. A canopy that can be jumped anytime hassle-free and can also kick ass over the pond like nothing you’ve ever seen. Made for highly skilled pilots to fly with everyday, she is not a toy – she’s a weapon. Which is why everyone who is anyone (or thinks they are) wants to get his or her hands on one. True, that extra ten percent that separates the truly extraordinary from the merely good doesn’t come easy. Or cheap. But after one test flight we’re confident you’ll agree, she’s worth every penny.
The all-new Leia. Fall in love.
NZ Aerosports DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF ICARUS CANOPIES AND DAEDALUS PROJECT PARACHUTES
has been building canopies since 1985. We started by making a few Pegasus copies for friends, then began gradually elevating the performance levels of the designs of the day. We've always had a passion for high performance canopies and when the Excalibur and Blue Trac came out, an obvious move for us seemed to be a ZP X-Braced Tri-cell. The Excalibur (developed by Bill Coe of Performance Designs) and the Blue Trac Parachute de France) had been the most significant developments canopies had seen for a long time. Since then, several other canopies have debuted - lifting the bar a little each time. Notably the Sabre, the Jonathon, then in 1993, the Stiletto - the most popular sport main of all time. People started swooping their landings and we've never looked back. In 2005 we launched the brand Daedalus in an effort to satisfy the most demanding breed of canopy pilots out there. With the aim of developing aggressive high performance canopies for competition, the "JVX" was released in January 2005 - Petra came out with a bang in 2011, winning world records, international titles, and turning swooping stars into super stars almost overnight.
The new Crossfire 3 continues the era of the legendary Crossfire 2 that began in 2001. But she isn't simply a remake - she's a completely new canopy designed from the ground up. The Crossfire 3 was designed with you, the pilot, in mind. From the plain-to-see to the supposedly inconsequential, every detail makes for an effortless and enjoyable flight. Shape, planform, lines: in every component we have invested years of experience, thousands of ideas and countless hours of development.The result? A completely 3D designed canopy with smooth curves and even smoother openings and landings. The Crossfire 3 benefits from the most up to date CAD design tools and CFD technology available, and all the important lessons we learned designing Petra, Leia and the Safire 3. She's the most modern 9-cell sports parachute in our range. The new shaping gives her a massively improved performance range...and she looks prettier than ever.The Crossfire. Our identity. A truly unique design. Now completely redone in the new Crossfire 3. This is how we do justice to the Crossfire legend.Unparalleled openings, a longer recovery arc and incredible swoop distance combine in a 9-cell fully elliptical wing that's 100% devoted to the art of having fun. If you're ready to step it up a notch from your Safire or want to upgrade your Crossfire 2, the Crossfire 3 is for you. She's fun to fly at docile wingloadings between 1.0 and 1.4 for the confident intermediate pilot, but we recommend a wingloading between 1.5 and 2.0 for maximum performance.
The Safire 3 is the result of five years of research, development and refinement. She is the most modern mainstream all-rounder canopy to hit the market.
She’s not just different. She’s a beginner and intermediate wing that let’s you take advantage of parametric design software and Computational Fluid Dynamics technologies used formerly only in high performance wings. She’s been engineered to fly better. More efficiently. More responsively. Safire pilots will find her completely familiar, but entirely revolutionary.
She has all the things you love about the Safire 2 – great openings, safe predictable flight, a short recovery arc and a smooth flare – and everything else you asked us for.
You wanted the same consistent openings. We made them smoother and more progressive. You wanted to have more range. We made the Safire 3 more efficient and gave you the glide to get back from that long spot. You wanted more fun. We made all her inputs more responsive. You wanted even more flare. We found a balance of more power, without inducing an early stall.
The Safire 3 is perfect for your first canopy or a fun intermediate canopy at slightly higher wingloadings. We recommend loading her between 0.8 and 1.5.