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Zefira

The rising Star

Certification: EN C

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ZEFIRA – APCO’s long awaited reentry into challenging high end EN C Class paragliders.
ZEFIRA is of Hebrew origin meaning Morning star, lighting up the skies. And ZEFIRA will indeed be a rising star in the paragliding skies.

APCO as policy, did not launch competition gliders for almost a decade, concentrating instead on so called “normal gliders”.
Having a top class reputation built on such world beating paragliders like Bagheera, Astra, Xtra and Tigra, reentry into competition scene obligated us to bring a glider which must exceed your most optimistic expectations.

Over the past 2 years, we invested a significant effort in developing a new generation of FAI Class 1 Competition wing named ENIGMA and in parallel developing a new high end EN-D Class wing. ENIGMA was introduced just before Paragliding World Championship 2011 in Spain. Unfortunately, the FAI Class 1 wings were banned following the events at the Championship, making ENIGMA obsolete.
But the effort invested into developing ENIGMA was not wasted and experience gained fully implemented into our latest creation – ZEFIRA.
The ZEFIRA, based on ENIGMA revolutionary technology, was conceived as a high end wing, capable of competing with any certified wing.
Our mission with ZEFIRA was to maximize the performance making it competitive with EN-D Class certified wings on the scene at that time.
Having this in mind, we did not neglect the true performance, but kept the stability, handling and safety of ZEFIRA comfortably manageable.

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Technical Data

Small Medium Large
Cells 63 63 63
Area [m2] 25.3 27.1 28.9
Area (projected) [m2] 21.59 23.13 24.66
Span [m] 13.17 13.63 14.08
Span (projected) [m] 10.37 10.73 11.09
Aspect Ratio 6.86 6.86 6.86
Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.98 4.98 4.98
Pilot Weight (all up) free flight [kg] 75-105 90-115 105-130
Canopy Weight [kg] 5.9 6.3 6.7
Root Cord m 2.38 2.46 2.48
Tip Chord [m] 0.45 0.46 0.48
Length of Lines on B [m] 7.71 7.98 8.23
Total Length of Lines [m] 285 303 322

Performance

V-min [km/h] 22
V-trim [km/h] 39
V-max [km/h] 55+
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading 0.9

The glider is made from tear resistant Ripstop Nylon cloth, which is P.U. coated to zero porosity and then siliconized to give the fabric high resistance to the elements. Different cloth is used for the top, bottom and ribs due to their different functions.

The lines are made of superaramid covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The karabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

Material Diameter [mm] Strength [kg]
Top A1;B1;C1 ;Mid Brake Super Aramid 0.7 80
Top A3;B3;C3 Super Aramid 0.65 65
Top A5;B5;C5;D;St;Brake Super Aramid 0.55 45
Bottom A1;B1 Super Aramid 1.5 280
Bottom A3;B3 Super Aramid 1.4 230
Bottom C1 Super Aramid 1.3 200
Bottom A5;C3 Super Aramid 1.2 160
Bottom B5;C5;St Super Aramid 1.1 120
Steering Line Dyneema 1.4 200
Sail Cloth Hybrid cloth construction 32-42 g/m2 “Zero Porosity” Ripstop Nylon
Rib Reinforcement FLEXON® batten system
Warranty 3 years / 250 Hours

In the Box

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    Best in its class

  • LANDING

    Floats in ground effect, giving a very light and easy flair.

  • THERMALLING

    the Zefira will bank into a coordinated turn and pull itself into the core almost automatically.

  • PERFORMANCE

    Best in its class, with exceptional glide on bar

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    The ZEFIRA, based on ENIGMA revolutionary technology, was conceived as a high end wing, capable of competing with any certified wing.

  • CONSTRUCTION

    According to Apco’s legendary tradition for durability – the construction of the wing is bullet proof! Extremely durable cloth combined with proven construction.

  • Vista IV

    Zefira – XC machine with handling and safety to keep you cool, even on the most demaning days.

Features

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    L/E FLEXON battens®

    A system for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan

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    NBM

    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets

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    EHP

    Embedded Hook-In Points

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    BBP

    Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys ®

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    3D

    3D Cut

Certification

Size

S, M, L

Colours

Red, Grey Bird

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