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paraglider click to hear : paraglider

Equipment made up of a flexible canopy attached to a harness; it is used to take off from a height and gain altitude on lifting air currents.
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stabilizer suspension line trailing edge leading edge half cell canopy

stabilizer click to hear : stabilizer

Fabric triangle attached to the sides of the canopy; it is used primarily to stabilize the paraglider.

suspension line click to hear : suspension line

Cables that connect the canopy to the risers; they are arranged in rows on the risers according to the point where they attach to the canopy.

trailing edge click to hear : trailing edge

Back edge of the canopy where the suspension lines connected to the brake loops are attached.

leading edge click to hear : leading edge

Front edge of the canopy where the half cells open; during liftoff, the leading edge faces into the wind so the canopy fills with air.

half cell click to hear : half cell

The fabric compartments that fill with air to give the canopy its shape.

canopy click to hear : canopy

Structure of fabric cells that, when filled with air, forms an elliptical surface with the aerodynamic properties of an airplane wing.