MSRP $2,350 USD
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. She’s available in any size you want, so you can load her exactly what you want. If you’re not sure, ask us.
Loaded lightly she is the vehicle to carry any beginner or even the most nervous canopy pilot to the ground safely, and for the intermediate jumper she will make your flying experience come alive with quick turns and a powerful flare.
If you’re looking for superior opening qualities, outstanding slow flight stability and confidence-inspiring flight, the Safire 3 is your perfect choice.
The power band on the Safire3 is made of ZP material and can be any one of our colors. You can choose that color on the order page that follows the color picker.
We've added the power band to the Safire3. The power band is not just a stripe.
If you look at this CFD pressure distribution image you will see that almost all of the aerodynamic lift work is done on the upper surface within the first 20% of the leading edge where the power band is located.
This is a critical area to get right and to maximize. We’re trying to create the most accurate shape we can which is a compound curve out of flat fabric. If you hold a power band up during construction its like an eggshell rather than a pancake.
Also the way we lay the fabric reduces it going out of shape under load. There is a lot of stretch in the fabrics your canopies are made from.
We love it, and we knew it from the beginning of the Safire3 project, that this would be one of the feature we wanted to transfer from Petra and Leia, despite the added complexity in manufacturing.
It's not everyday that we are given the opportunity to make a product technically better, and make it look cool and different at the same time!
What can you expect when you fly the Safire 3? The unique blend of awesome openings, hassle-free flight and unrestricted everyday practicality that the Safire is known for, mixed with the cutting edge design and performance that is typical of NZ Aerosports newer performance wings. And the inevitable desire to do it all again after every landing.
The Safire 2 is known for her sweet, soft openings. Our goal was to improve the consistency of the heading. In comparison to the Safire 2, the Safire 3 has a shorter opening process, but one that is more progressive. The result is confidence inspiring smooth openings, with even more predictability than before.
The Safire 3 is more responsive to toggle input, and gives you more control. She gives more feedback throughout turns and you’ll notice a better ‘feel’ and connection to the canopy.
Harness inputs cause the least distortion to the canopy and in comparison to other inputs, are much smoother - achieving more efficient harness flight for the Safire 3 has been a focus on this project. She responds better to harness inputs than her predecessor, making her a joy to fly around simply by weight shifting.
Front Riser Flight:
Front riser pressure on the Safire 3 is comparable to the Safire 2, if not a little lighter.
Rear Riser Flight:
Thanks to the Safire 3’s improved planform shaping she has a great glide on rears, so you don’t have to stress too much about your long spot! The rears are easy to manage and only a small input is needed to see results. If you still don’t make it back, talk to the fucking pilot.
The Safire 3 isn’t more 'high performance' than the Safire 2 in terms of the class of wing she belongs to, but she performs to a higher standard due to being a more efficient design. You’ll see the extra performance in her improved openings, responsiveness and flare.
Recovery and Flare:
Her quick recovery arc has got your back and her powerful flare will give you the confidence to be able to stick those tricky landings.