There was a canopy called a "Cruisair" but I don't know what the sq ft was.
The first canopy I owned! The Cruisair was made of 1.25 oz fabric, a departure from the Strato-Cloud/Strato-Star 1.55 oz fabric. Para-Flite had not yet started making canopies from F-111. It came without crossports, and it tended to open with end cell closure. I had about 100 jumps when I cut the crossports and did the stabilizer mod myself, removing the stabilizer fabric between the A and B lines.
The Cruisair was advertised as 200 square feet, but IIRC the Pegasus was an almost exact copy (but made from F-111 and with improved line trim) and was advertised as 220 square feet. There was no standard measuring protocol at that time.
The Cruislite was the F-111 version of the Cruisair. I think they were the same size, with Para-Flite choosing to use their competition's measurement method for the Cruislite, hence the 220 square foot size.
If you want t get picky, the 200 square foot, 7-cell Cruiseair came first - in the late 1970s. Then Django built a similar canopy - circa 1980 - with lighter weight (F-111) fabric and lighter construction methods (I-Beam rib seams). The simplified construction methods allowed the canopy to spread more so Django's Pegasus ended up with about 220 square feet. In 1981 Para-Flite introduced the 220 square foot Cruiselite, which was a direct competitor for Django's Pegasus. Para-Flite eventually sued Django into bankruptsy over patent infringement. Django re-opened as Glide Path, which eventually morphed into Glide Path International.
What do you mean about there being no standardized canopy measurement method in the early 1980s? PIA tried to introduce a standardized measuring method, but few manufacturers use it, so in the long run customers are still forced to wade through a bewildering array of numbers written by marketing managers.
They now only make stuff for the military and such. You can still find their website.
It's kinda sad, time was when Para Flite was the uncontested numero uno canopy maker, they "squared away sport parachuting" (from an old Strato Star ad). Their Safety Flyer was the first square reserve on the market, in '78. Their quality control wasn't always the greates, some of their canopies would start tearing out at the ribs. And then people complained about canopies not flaring well. They tried a triple riser 9 cell design for the nineties, the "Evolution", but the Sabre crushed it. How the mighty can rise and fall...
It's kinda sad, time was when Para Flite was the uncontested numero uno canopy maker, reply] They still make a lot of canopies for the military. They probably don't have to worry about getting sued either.
(This post was edited by SkydiverRick on Aug 1, 2003, 7:31 PM)