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NZ Aerosports Icarus Safire2 (Custom in 15 weeks)

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Icarus Safire2 manufactured by NZ Aerosports.

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Icarus Safire2 manufactured by NZ Aerosports.

In 1998 the original Icarus Safire was released. It was the first all purpose 9 cell canopy to include a lightly & truly elliptical planform shape offering superior openings and flight characteristics compared to competing mid-performance 9 cell designs at the time.

The Safire 2 is an enhanced version integrating new trim and plan form shaping techniques offering an increased glide ratio, more responsive flight controls both on toggles and risers, a more powerful flare and a shorter recovery arc making the canopy even more predictable.

NZ Aerosports knew that the superior characteristics of this design (a lightly elliptical, planform shape, and constant cell proportioning) would not be ignored by other canopy manufacturers. This style of design would become the benchmark for mid-range performance canopies prompting other manufacturers to build similar designs.

But the Safire 2 goes one step beyond the competition again. Like the original Safire, it is a truly elliptical canopy with light shaping, incorporating a constant cell aspect ratio. This consistently controls the airfoil shape across the canopy, maintaining increased rigidity and reducing drag.

The Safire 2 builds on its predecessor; integrating new trim and plan form shaping techniques offering an increased glide ratio, more responsive flight controls on both toggles and risers, a more powerful flare and a shorter recovery arc. This makes the canopy highly predictable.

Its openings are arguably the sweetest of any canopy in its class; you'd swear it was a 7 cell opening above your head.

The Safire 2 is an all-round, hassle free, mid-range canopy offering the benefits of 9 cell performance, without getting radical or requiring any special attention. It's simple to use, with consistent, reliable openings, easy packing and great landings.

This canopy is a versatile performer; suitable as a first canopy when lightly loaded, and equally useful as a modern mid-range performing wing at heavier wing-loadings.

The result - an impressively balanced all-round wing offering:

  • superior opening qualities
  • exceptional glide and range
  • outstanding slow flight stability
  • superior safety

Do you want the latest technology, but without the issues normally associated with ellipticals? Want to avoid jumping outdated designs with limited performance? Then the Icarus Safire 2 is the perfect choice.

Recommended for wing loadings from .75 PSF to 1.6 PSF. Standard sizes: 99, 109, 119, 129, 139, 149, 169, 189, 209 and 229.

The Safire2 is available in any size you choose as a custom order. You can pick one from the stock list at this link. And then note size and colors above when placing the order through

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 You can then complete the order through 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.

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Nice Review by Frederick
No drama openings, no matter who does the pack job or how. Gets me back and lands me soft. Sweet (Posted on 11/17/2013)

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Additional Info

Manufacturer Icarus Canopies by NZ Aerosports
Cell Count 9 cell
Crew Lineset Available No
Fabric Type ZP
Line Types 500 Vectran, 750 Vectran
Links Soft Links
Performance Novice
Shape Semi-Elliptical
Slider Grommets Stainless
Slider Types Collapsible
Canopy Type Main
Colors Available No

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