The NZ Aerosports Icarus Tandem main canopy, available in sizes of 300, 330, 365 and 400.
The original NZ Aerosports Icarus Tandem was rectangular and zero porosity; it sold well, having been developed and released onto the market before any other manufacturer had released a ZP tandem. Eventually elliptical and tapered 1/2 ZP tandem canopies arrived on the scene, providing similar performance.
In early 1997 NZ Aerosports expanded into the US and Europe. Theyhad also secured an arrangement with Stunts Adventure Equipment to provide tandem canopies for their Eclipse Tandem rig. It now became viable to focus their energy into designing a new tandem main canopy.
NZ Aerosprorts learned a lot from their first canopy; what worked well and what its weaknesses were. They stuck with a proven construction design, evaluated some newly available materials and began shaping, testing, tweaking and re-testing the Icarus Elliptical Tandem.
NZ Aerosports has now built in excess of a thousand Icarus Elliptical Tandem canopies. In 1998 it was approved for use by 3 of the 5 FAA tandem exemption holders for use in their equipment in the US (no longer a requirement and not a requirement in most other countries). The Icarus Tandem is the only canopy to be approved in the US, which is not manufactured and sold in conjunction with the exemption holder's equipment.
As with your personal canopy, going to total ZP and a fully elliptical planform improves the landings enormously. Landings on the 365 size and above are more gentle than any tandem canopies on the market. The 6 & 2 option is maneuverable enough to build up a lot of speed for a good surf if you're into that. Nil winds with heavy loads will still have some minimal forward speed as you will get with any canopy, the light toggle pressure makes flaring and controlling the flare very easy.
The openings are soft, consistent and comfortable, they take 500-700 feet. There is a variable lip over the nose as with many Zero-P canopies, there is no flag or hole in the slider, the slider is flat. The openings on this canopy were exceptional right from the beginning of the development program. There are absolutely no brake settings on the canopy, which has worked out very well with absolutely no down side. The canopy opens centre cell first with the ends collapsed, the remaining cells slowly inflate to a full canopy. Off heading openings do exist but will not dive away so do not become an issue. The openings are very consistent. During testing NZ Aerosports opened the canopy at Tandem Terminal (Drogueless) on many occasions and had nothing but smooth soft openings.
The cost effectiveness of the Icarus Elliptical Tandem is currently unbeatable. The canopy will still be performing as it does from new throughout its life, rather than slowly losing its performance over the next 500 jumps. For larger Dzs, your tandem masters won't be avoiding the older rigs any more (but the packers might be avoiding the new ones at first). Tandem masters will find the Icarus Elliptical Tandem easy to fly and land; the toggle pressure is refreshingly light and the openings are great.
NZ Aerosports recommends the 365sf canopy with the Vectran line (although any size can be ordered).
You can pick an Icarus Tandem from the stock list at this link. And then note size and colors above when placing the order through ChutingStar.com.
For custom colors, complete your design at this link and then note "ChutingStar Customer Order" in the Instructions box when you submit the design online at nzaerosports.com. You can then complete the order through ChutingStar.com and note "Custom Order Placed at NZ Aerosports" in the text box above. We'll match up the order with NZ Aerosports and be in touch with a confirmation and delivery time.
Turnaround times for stock canopy orders is approximately 1 week. Turnaround time for custom canopies varies frequently, so contact us for the current turnaround time.
|Manufacturer||Icarus Canopies by NZ Aerosports|
|Cell Count||9 cell|
|Crew Lineset Available||No|