More and more pilots are discovering the fun and excitement of speed-flying and mini-wing piloting around the world, and our range is slowly growing to suit the demand.
The new Firefly is a hybrid speed wing with performance that will match many “mini-wings”, but stability that resembles lower aspect ratio speed-wings. The performance of the Firefly is very impressive for its aspect ratio, with the result being glide performance and handling from the mini-wing category, but stability from the speed-flying category. The Firefly is equipped with an advanced profile which gives high pitch stability and excellent performance, and the low aspect ratio and thick chord adds protection for passive safety and stability. This wing is an excellent choice for pilots who want to experience the thrill of mini-wing piloting without the sacrifice in stability that is inherent in the higher aspect ratio designs which are common in the mini-wing category.
At Ozone, our main priority for mini-wings and speed-wings is safety. Higher wingloading does not automatically means higher stability, and we have taken great care to produce a smaller wing that, while fun to fly, still retains a level of passive safety that is suitable for intermediate to experienced pilots. We have entered the mini-wing category late, and slowly, due to our desire to only release wings with what we consider to be this reasonable level of ease of use, and stability.
The Firefly offers significantly better glide performance than the XT16, with improved speed and more dynamic handling. Pilots will find the Firefly to be much easier to ridge-soar at a wider range of sites than the XT. It will also handle shallower launches and naturally has an increased “range” due to the better glide performance.
Part of the Firefly’s performance increase is the result of a more advanced, reduced-drag line-plan. This could be considered a “free” performance gain, which has come at no cost in stability. However, the Firefly also has an increased aspect ratio and more cells, which has made it a more advanced wing than the XT16. While the XT16 remains an excellent choice for speed-flying pilots who want a stable and easy to use wing, the Firefly is intended for experienced speed-flying pilots only. Pilots with less than a full season of experience flying mini-wings and speed-flying wings in varied conditions would be better suited for the XT16.
The Firefly is born from our years of speed-wing designing combined with more recent technology developed in the Ozone Performance Research program, and we think it represents an excellent balance between performance and stability for modern speed-flyers. We’re happy with the result, and look forward to hearing what you think of it. Get a demo from your local Ozone Dealer and tell us what you think. Cheers from all the Team!