We have been manufacturing different versions of cross braced tri-cells for several years, and the Xaos-21 includes a number of refinements we have made during our continuing research and development of ultra performing crossbraced canopies.You don't have to be a NASA Pilot in the Space Program to appreciate the awesome flight of the Xaos-21, but after you fly it, you will think you are.**
Our developmental program for the Xaos began in the summer of 1999 and has continued for two years, culminating in the most advanced airfoil we have produced to date. The primary focus in our development of this 3rd generation cross braced tri-cell airfoil was to generate a true 3-D wing whose strong suit centered on high speed swoops with a tremendous reservoir of lift available to be unleashed during the landing phase of flight.
Some people who have closely inspected the Xaos-21 have noticed and commented on the addition of lower surface lateral reinforcement bands. It is interesting to note that the general impression is that these bands are intended for opening integrity, and while that may certainly be true, the real reason for spanwise lower surface reinforcement bands is flight stability, especially during radical flight maneuvers. The spanwise lower surface reinforcement bands allow the airfoil to retain its proper 3-D shape during all phases of radical canopy flight.
The Refined Leading Edge One of the least noticeable, but most significant changes in the Xaos-21, is the refinement of the canopy's leading edge. We spent months on this small but important element of the Xaos airfoil. Take a close look at the shape of the Xaos leading edge as compared to other cross-braced canopies available. While it is not so apparent in full flight because of typical speed distortion, the refined leading edge of the Xaos-21 airfoil explodes dynamically into play throughout the entire landing phase of flight, while it works in concert with each of the previously mentioned enhancements (Stabilrib technology, HMA fiber braided suspension lines, continuous line geometry, and lateral lower surface reinforcement bands) to deliver an ultra-performance canopy flyer's dream... an ultra performance canopy flight that defies gravity.
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