The Firefly 3 builds on the legacy of the Firefly series , which was founded on a simple principle: A high performance profile in an extremely stable speed wing planform.
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The original Firefly contained an HPP profile that was tuned to work with the low aspect ratio hybrid speed wing planform. The FF3 continues this trend of high stability and good glide performance for its size and aspect ratio.
- New 18m size
- New cell openings at leading edge
- New leading edge reinforcement
- Lighter sail construction
- Improved riser system
- New tip arc for smoother roll behaviour
The FireFly Improvements
The FF3 have improved all factors, with an emphasis on launch, handling, and stability. Like its predecessor, the FF3 launches easily with its behavior here being improved by a lighter sail – we have changed the N30D to the light yet durable N20D for the bottom surface, which aids not only the launch but also reduces sail inertia in flight for a crisper and more agile feel in the air. In high winds, the wing still has no tendency to overshoot, and is very easy to control and ground-handle.
Further improvements have been made to the riser system by reconfiguring the trimmer position, allowing easier manipulation of trim with brakes in-hand.
New cell openings have allowed for increased internal pressure at accelerated speeds, which aids in collapse resistance and improves handling. A new leading edge reinforcement has reduced wear and tear at this crucial part of the sail, without compromising leading edge shape at all AoAs.
At the request of pilots, we have added a new larger size. The 18m FF3’s weight range maxes out at 120kg, for the big guys (or gals) out there. At higher wingloadings, roll stability is excellent and the flare power remains impressive.
|Number of cells||24||24|
|Projected area (m2)||14.2||15.9|
|Flat area (m2)||16||18|
|Projected span (m)||6.46||6.85|
|Flat span (m)||7.62||8.08|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||2.94||2.94|
|Flat aspect ratio||3.63||3.63|
|Load Test (6G)||142kg||142kg|
The Firefly 3 Comes in 3 Standard Colours
- White; Light Blue and Blue (W/L/B)
- Black-Light Green-White (K/H/W)
- Red-Orange-Yellow (R/O/Y)
Ozone encourages you to customize your own personal colour combination for your wing. Customization generally incurs a small fee. Once you’ve decided you can share your design with your friends. Choose your custom colours here and then email us the Ozone Reference with your order.
Please be aware that the colour you see on your screen may not accurately represent the actual fabric colour. Given the wide varience in monitor calibration and the fabric appearance in different light and colour combinations, it is impossible to perfectly represent fabric colour on screen. If you have any doubts about the colours, look at photos of various wings on our website to see them in different light and colour combinations.
All of the fabric that we use undergoes extensive
testing in prototype colour phase to ensure colourfastness, mechanical stability, porosity, and general longevity before we put it into production. Once our fabric is in production, every meter of it is rigorously inspected upon arrival in our factory, and fabric which does not pass our stringent quality control standards is returned to the manufacturer. We are frequently asked, "Which colours last the longest, or have the best UV resistance?" All of the colours that we stock score between 4 and 5 on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest possible rating for longevity.
Top Surface Cloth: Dominico 30D MF
Bottom Surface Cloth: Dominico N20D MF
internal Ribs: Dominico 30D MF
Upper Lines: Liros DSL serie
Mid Lines: Liros DSL serie
Lower Lines: Edelrid 6843 serie
Finally, a new arc at the tip has led to improved roll behaviour, a critical topic for speed flying pilots. When carving near terrain, predictable and progressive roll behaviour is important, and the FF3’s progressive feel is consistent across the weight range.
In the history of this wing series, the FF3’s advanced profile has proven to be ideal for high pitch stability and excellent performance in the class, and the low aspect ratio and thick chord adds protection for passive safety and stability. It remains an excellent choice for pilots who want to experience the thrill of mini-wing piloting without the sacrifice in stability that is inherent in higher aspect ratio designs which are common in the mini-wing category.
Part of the FF3 performance is thanks to an advanced, reduced-drag line-plan. This could be considered a “free” performance gain, which has come at no cost in stability.