Aerodyne Research is a major designer, manufacturer, and distributor of some of the most technically advanced and highest-quality sport parachute systems in the world.
The company has recently moved its headquarters from Tampa to Deland, Florida. This places our headquarters just a few steps from one of the most active DZ’s in the world, and brings us to the center of the global parachute manufacturing industry. In addition to our sales office and Research & Development facilities, it is the location of our warehouse as well as a FAA certified parachute loft.
Aerodyne Research was founded in 1989 by Bill Hazlett, a passionate Canopy Formation competitor and member of the US National Team for many years. He decided to incorporate the ideas he had into ram air canopies specifically designed for Canopy Relative Work (CReW) as the discipline was then called. This led to the birth of the AR-7 series, followed by the Triathlon and the Diablo. Many of the innovations introduced by Bill have since been adopted industry-wide.
Aerodyne Research is led today by Bill Legard. Bill brings to this task a Masters Degree in Business Administration, extensive experience running global businesses, and nearly 8000 skydives. Aerodyne has committed to a simple philosophy: build a great global brand, make money for our shareholders, and have fun doing it.
Aerodyne Research is one of the few manufacturers in the world with the ability to equip a skydiver with a full set of equipment, including the main canopy, the reserve canopy and the harness-container system. Our strength is also that our products are all recent designs and incorporate the latest technology. Our design and manufacturing efforts are headed by Dominic Hayhurst. Dominic holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has designed the Pilot, A2, Mamba, and Smart canopies.
The manufacturing facilities comply with the highest standards for quality assurance and our products are certified by the Aviation Authorities in the United States, Europe and several other countries.
Aerodyne has created innovations such as the mini force ring which significantly lowers the force required to cut away. We have developed what is arguably the best opening canopy on the market, the Pilot. We continue to bring new products and innovations to the market. Our elements line, for example, puts custom fitted gear on your back faster than anyone in the marketplace. Our zpX canopy fabric shrinks pack volumes by nearly twenty percent, and is available only from Aerodyne. In addition, we have licensed innovations from others, such as the Skyhook, which became available for all Pro and Student Icons in 2009.
Everything we do at Aerodyne follows our motto: Better Gear, Better Value, and most importantly, Better Skydives!
Aerodyne is a truly global enterprise, and we can bring the very best products and services to you anywhere in the world.