I got sent this. New ownership structure over at Icarus. New name too I think?
Bill Legard, formerly CEO of Aerodyne is now CEO of Icarus World.
I'm intrigued how all the new canopies will stack up.
Announcing the formation of a new parachute company, ICARUS World, LLC.
Fernando de Caralt and Bill Legard have joined forces to create this new company to market, sell, and distribute the newest line of sport canopies in the industry.
The ICARUS brand has been a known force in the parachute industry for many years. The brand name has been used on products designed and manufactured both in New Zealand by NZ Aerosports since the late 1980s and in Spain for Icarus Canopies, Incorporated since the late 1990s. The companies had differences regarding their working relationship and their agreement was terminated in 2016.
ICARUS Canopies has since, independently, designed a new line of products for the sports market. Drawing upon its 20 years of manufacturing expertise in sport parachuting and its 70 plus years of global leadership in the military and aerospace industry, they put substantial R & D resources into designing a new breed of canopies and brought them to market in 2017. All canopies were designed using fluid dynamics and are built in a state-of-the-art ISO certified facility.
The new lineup now includes the S FIRE, a semi elliptical 9 cell canopy that serves a broad market from those just off student status to highly experienced jumpers who want a canopy that offers outstanding openings and a powerful flare. The TX2 is an innovative tandem canopy, incorporating some key designs from the military and aerospace teams. An exclusive Drogue Attachment By-Pass system significantly improves the durability of the tandem canopies, lowering the maintenance expenses and extending the life of the product. The X FIRE is a high performance, fully elliptical, non-cross-braced canopy that almost defines a new canopy class. X FIRE is a beautifully shaped wing with breathtaking performance. These canopies incorporate a number of cutting edge design elements such as parabolic reinforcement tapes, ram air stabilizers and other innovations developed to meet the demands of the aerospace market.
These new canopies join a solid lineup that includes the OMNI 7 cell, the EQUINOX student canopy, the very popular ICARUS Reserve and the NANO low pack volume reserve.
Bill Legard will be President and CEO of the new company which will be headquartered in DeLand, FL. Bill is an active skydiver approaching 10,000 jumps. He has a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has over 30 years of management experience in senior positions with International Paper and Chesapeake Corporation and was President and CEO of the skydiving company Aerodyne Research from 2008 through 2016.
“I am very excited to join Fernando in the creation of ICARUS World and to bring the most contemporary fleet of canopies to our sport. We are structuring our business to offer best in class service for distributors and jumpers from our new headquarters in DeLand, Florida. Our growing inventory of stock canopies and expansion of production capacity are calculated to bring optimal market responsiveness. We are committed to having a knowledgeable staff of skydivers and growing our business with them. The global skydiving industry has really grown up around the world class facilities of Skydive DeLand, and it’s great to be a part of this community. Our R&D team is hard at work, so expect the innovations to continue. And call your local distributor to arrange a demo soon, you will be impressed!”