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Newbie Question: Canopy sizing

 


xlh883  (B 30058)

Sep 4, 2003, 10:45 PM
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I have been reading a lot of posts that refer to different canopy sizes. How do the size numbers, ie 190, relate to actual measurements. What are the numbers telling you?

Thanks,

David


Fast  (D 28237)

Sep 4, 2003, 10:54 PM
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Re: [xlh883] Newbie Question: Canopy sizing [In reply to] Can't Post

The number refers to the square footage of the canopy. These days with tapered/semi-tapered canopys it is rough to relate them exactly to a length * width type of thing.

You use the square footage of the canopy to determine wingloading (LBS / Sq Ft) of the canopy. There are also other things that you can infer from the canopy size. Generally speaking for a particular model of canopy, the smaller the faster, and more responsive. This comes from shorther lines, and higher WL.


(This post was edited by Fast on Sep 4, 2003, 10:56 PM)



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