Firebird Eagle Paraglider

Some tables, some simple graphics and a great pic of the Firebird Eagle!

Canopy of the Firebird Eagle paraglider.
Photo by Gérard Florit, reproduced with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 2
Size Designation M

Ever Flown This Wing?

If so, feel free to share anything you like about the experience here. What were your first impressions?

Please state your experience level, just to put your comments in perspective.

For example, you might be a low-time pilot flying a new wing for the first time and loving it!


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Sep 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 3150 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4000 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2100 GBP
Australian Dollars 5400 AUD
South African Rand 30800 ZAR
South Korean Won 3780000 KRW
Indian Rupees 183600 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-100 kg (177-220 lbs)
wing weight 6.0 kg (13.0 lbs)
wing area (flat) 27.2 m² (293 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.7 m² (255 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.4 m (41 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.2 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.7
aspect ratio (projected) 4.4
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 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 52 kph (32 mph, 28 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel average
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 Eagle. 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. You might be able to get a detailed look at one of the color schemes from the manufacturer's picture at the top of this page.

yellow, black leading edge

red, black leading edge

blue, black leading edge

white, orange leading edge

white, yellow leading edge

white, blue leading edge


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