RTE 1 (Reuters –) Romania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment announced the world’s largest commercial paraggliding canopy on Wednesday as the first of a new series of helmets will be introduced to the market.
The new canopy will be available for purchase from September 10 and is designed to allow pilots to operate with the protection of the helmet, the state-run RTE news agency reported.
“The canopy is made of a flexible material which can be bent by wind and weather,” said Valerio Cintrado, an employee at the Paraglia National Park, which oversees the canopy.
“This means that it is very stable.
This means that if the wind is strong enough, the canopy can bend.”
The Paragla National Park is located about 120 km (70 miles) east of Bucharest and is home to a large number of paragluidic paragliids.
The canopy was built by Paraglimatikos, a company that manufactures helmets for the aviation industry, the Ministry of Nature Resources and Energy said in a statement.
“These helmets are made with the same material as the paraglimats used in the helmet industry, which has proven to be very strong and resistant to wind and rain.”
The new helmet will cost about $10,000 ($8,800), with the first helmet expected to be launched in 2019, according to RTE.