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Firebird Spider Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Firebird Spider.

A Firebird Spider paraglider in flight.
Photo from Firebird, reproduced with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1-2
Size Designation M



Paraglider Reviews From Other Visitors

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Firebird Spider First Flight 
I am an average pilot at best. Only at CP level and only flown a medium DHV1 Tempus. Getting a little frustrated with being at the top of its weight …





Price

Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Sep 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 2900 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3700 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2000 GBP
Australian Dollars 4900 AUD
South African Rand 28500 ZAR
South Korean Won 3480000 KRW
Indian Rupees 168700 INR


Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 7.3 kg (16.1 lbs)
wing area (flat) 28.5 m² (307 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.5 m² (253 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.6 m (41 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.4 m (34 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.6
aspect ratio (projected) 4.6
min sink 1.1 m/s (216 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 8.6:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 37 kph (23 mph, 20 knts)
speed max 48 kph (30 mph, 26 knts)


Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel high
agility average
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit turn continues through < 180 degrees
landing behavior easy
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
All the above were recorded when this Firebird paraglider was flown at max weight.


Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Firebird Spider. I hope this approach is useful for getting a good idea of the colors when quickly comparing wings. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge.


white, black leading edge




yellow, black leading edge




red, black leading edge




blue, black leading edge


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