After 2 years, Independence (the brand created by designer Michael Nesler) created a replacement for its intermediate model Dragon. The Dragon 2 comes with a higher aspect ratio and increased number of cells (46). The glider features a black stripe that goes from tip to tip, on the centre of the canopy and used in all the 2003 models of this brand. In the development of Dragon 2, Independence worked with the new design software FD, with which they obtained "a really clean upper and lower surface", according to the brand. Special attention was paid to the tension between the leading and the trailing edge, which adds up for better performance at the same security level DHV 1-2, say the designers. Dragon 2 was to be available in 4 sizes including S, L and XL.
Dragon 1 Medium
Clip in weight: 85 - 105kg.
The Dragon 3 is a completely new glider, introducing a new material for the profile that helps reduce the diagonal extension and get a smoother, cleaner canopy, according to the manufacturer. The handling has also been improved to obtain a “very good dynamic for a DHV1-2 glider”, together with safe and good-natured extreme-flight behaviour that make the Dragon 3 a good choice for “freestyle” pilots. Another design feature is the brake system with variable rear-edge-tension to slightly contract the rear edge during braking for more efficient turning and improved performance, as fewer lines are used and so there’s less drag. The Dragon 3 was available in 3 sizes.