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Aerodyne is thrilled to introduce the ZULU.
The ZULU is the totally new high performance, non cross braced, 9 cell canopy now being introduced by Aerodyne. It was designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation software with the application of sophisticated aerodynamic principles to create a versatile high performance aerofoil.
With the ZULU, the canopy pilot gets consistent and positive on heading openings. It is elliptical at both the nose and the tail, with a tapered wing, and it is highly responsive to toggle, riser, and harness input. Like a great sports car or an aerobatic airplane, it does exactly what it is told to do. The ZULU does not exhibit the temperamental nature of some high performance canopies which can be prone to radical openings and oversteer. It is a parachute that is easy to fly with precision.
With that said, it is a performance canopy and not intended for the inexperienced canopy pilot. The more experienced skydiver will appreciate the ZULU’s capabilities and should be prepared for the exhilaration of a canopy that can make your heart pound as you put it through its paces.
The ZULU is a well-mannered high performance canopy and is suitable for many disciplines. The Aerodyne test team made hundreds of jumps on ZULUs which included wingsuiting, big way, and camera jumps.
"Honestly, it's tough to compare it to any other canopy out there. It's set to compete with the Crossfire2 and the Katana, but it isn't really 'like' either of those canopies. It opens a lot faster than both of them, it has similar flight performance as the Katana (very responsive) but it doesn't dive at the ground like the Katana. The Katana and Crossfire have a bit longer recovery arc. if I had to try to explain it compared to other canopies out there, I would say it has the openings of a Pilot, the responsiveness of a Katana, the recovery arc of a Stiletto and the flare of a Sabre2." -- Aerodyne Tour Rep
Aerodyne selected a pool of expert test pilots and did exhaustive head-to-head comparisons with the leading parachutes in the same class. The ZULU emerged as the preferred canopy among the test pilot group. With test wing loadings ranging from 1.3 to 2.2, the ZULU was stable in all conditions, and it exhibited great control response with brakes stowed. The electronic monitors calculated the Zulu’s best glide of 4.26 to 1 as the highest canopy glide ratio in the class. At the same time, the ZULU turned and dived more aggressively than the other canopies, showing both a greater increase in speed and carving through more altitude in a 360° turn.
Along with the all-new ZULU aerofoil, Aerodyne developed an all-new premium line type, a highly ordered structured thermoplastic polymer, the new ZLX.
You will be impressed by the soft and supple feel of the line, which is not as brittle and abrasive as other high performance lines. It has shown Aerodyne remarkable strength and endurance in a year of jump testing. It maintains the feel of the line over hundreds of jumps without pilling like some lines can show over time. It provides no shrinkage and a longer life than lines currently available in the market. The ZULU will come standard with the new ZLX 700 lines.
In addition, the ZULU is available with a removable slider as an option. This is an Aerodyne design, with high grade stainless steel custom hardware. By removing the slider, you will allow the risers to open wider, flattening the wing for optimum performance. The Aerodyne RDS slider is a simple and elegant design, easy to use, and very secure.
When you are flying a ZULU, the canopy flight is where the fun begins! The ZULU will provide the most fun and the least stress of any high performance canopy on the market…
The ZULU only comes with the 700 ZLX lines, standard ZPX fabric, and a removable slider is an option available at $250.
The huge Z logo is available as a no cost option.
The current ZULU stock list is at the link below:
To place an order for a custom ZULU, use the online custom color designer program at the link below:
Add your custom color ZULU to the online cart on Aerodyne's site and proceed through check out process by clicking "Send to Distributor" for the check out method. Choose AR0135 - Chuting Star Rigging Loft as the distributor.
Once the order is submitted, we will contact you to review the order. Payment can be made through adding this ZULU to your online cart with payment.
Detail InformationCell Count9 cellFabric TypeZPLine Types700 ZLXLink TypesSoft LinksCanopy Performance LevelAdvancedCanopy ShapeEllipticalSlider GrommetsStainlessSlider TypesCollapsible, RDSCanopy TypeMainColors Available
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- Want to move up to fully elliptical? Zulu is a totally good choice.
I have to admit I don't have a ton of jumps on Aerodyne's new Zulu elliptical but on the jumps I did get it was a hell of a good time. I have about 15 jumps on a Zulu 112 and while I didn't fully explore every aspect of the canopy I can definitely say it's a good wing with good flare power. It isn't a swoop machine (though someone with more experience than me could surely wring it out for some decent ones). It doesn't have a really long recovery arc but it's got great openings, is very responsive and is super fun to land. I'm sure we'll see more and more of these as the name gets out there.
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