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- An island country in southeastern Europe, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, about 50 miles (80 km) south of the Turkish coast; pop. 775,000; capital, Nicosia; official languages, Greek and Turkish
- an island in the eastern Mediterranean
- a country on the island of Cyprus; 80% of the people are of Greek origin and 20% or Turkish origin
- Cyprus (; ??????, Kypros, ; K?br?s), – officially the Republic of Cyprus (???????? ??????????, Kypriaki? Dimokratia, ; K?br?s Cumhuriyeti) – is a Eurasian island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon.
- Shoot (wildfowl) in flight
- a formation of aircraft in flight
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Parasailing, also known as parascending, is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail. The boat then drives off, carrying the parascender into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute.
There are six parts of a parasail. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or other speeding vehicle, by the tow rope. The activity is primarily an amusement ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding. There are parasailing locations all over the world.
Land based parasailing has also been formed into competition sport in Northern Europe and especially in Finland. In land based parasailing, the parasail is towed behind a car or a snowmobile. In accuracy competitions the tow-vehicle controls the speed and height, and the parascender controls the lateral movement of the parasail. The competitions consist of two parts: dropping or throwing a streamer to a target, and accuracy landing. The sport was developed at the end of the 1990s in growing rapidly. The first international competitions were held in 2004.
Chris Abbott designed chute
The first Parasails were developed by Pierre-Marcel Lemoigne in 1961. Lemoigne is a well known developer of ParaCommander-type of parachutes known as ParaCommander or PC-canopies. The date of the first towing of a parasail is not known, but one of the first mentions is a flight by Colonel Michel Tournier from France flying behind a tractor in the same year - 1961. In 1963 Jacques-Andre Istel from Pioneer Parachute Company bought a licence from Lemoigne to manufacture and sell the invention with a name parasail.
Mark McCulloh of Miami, Florida is the original inventor of modern day parasailing equipment.
In 1973, McCulloh introduced the world?s first Stationary Parasailing Platform. His continued innovations, inventions and accomplishments within the parasailing industry are broad in scope with a focus on improving the safety of parasailing.
His most successful invention was called the wangboat, which he patented in 1976 and made its commercial debut in the 1980s. Riding the wangboat is a lot more pleasurable than the normal winchboat. Today nearly all commercial operators use winchboats equipped with a PTO (power-take-off), which uses the boat's engine to drive a hydraulic winch. The combination of these two designs ushered in the era of widespread commercial parasailing.
Another highlight of McCulloh?s inventions, was the Aerial Recliner and the Rider Assembly strap design, which made its debut in the mid-eighties and inspired NASA?s new X-38 Crew Rescue Vehicle.
Aerial perspective of parasailing, Bali Indonesia
To date, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued McCulloh the only patents ever granted related to commercial parasailing methods and equipment.
Many of McCulloh?s accomplishments have been aired on worldwide Television Print Media, such as Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Fox News NBC, LA Times, New York Times, and the Miami Herald.
Since the early 70's, McCulloh's innovations, inventions and operating techniques continue to advance safety within the parasailing industry and has set the standards by which responsible operators follow. ___
Brian Gaskin, the founder of Waterbird, created some of the first parasails after experimenting with ex-military parachutes. In 1974, he created and tested the first true parasail which he named Waterbird. Nearly all commercial parasails canopies in operation today were derived from Gaskin's original Waterbird design. In 1975 Gaskin founded his company Waterbird Parakites which is still in operation today, producing commercial and recreational parasail?s in the UK.
 Parasailing Associations
Commercial watersports winchboat
Today's parasail operators have evolved into highly organized and professional operations. Many of the largest operators are located in the Southeast US and Caribbean.
In 1998, Mark McCulloh formed ?Parasail Safety Council?, [www.parasail.org]  which established the first commercial parasail safety guidelines, procedures and provided the public with valuable information about parasailing.
In 2003, Arrit McPherson, an advent parasail operator formed PAPO (the Professional Association of Parasail Operators to also promote safety throughout the sport and help the industry's failing image in recent years.
Operators have moved from small (20-foot range) parachutes to large (30-40 feet) parachutes which utilize high-lift, low-drag designs enabling operators to fly higher payloads in lower (typically and more preferably extremly dangerous) winds. Most operators now offer double and triple flights using a tandem bar. The tandem bar is an aluminum bar attached to the yoke of the chute, allow
Cyprus Airways Airbus A320-231 5B-DBC Tefkros (22649)
Cyprus Airways Airbus A320-231 5B-DBC Tefkros is on short final for runway 25L.
MSN 295 has had its first flight on 27.01.92 with the test registration F-WWIE and was delivered to Eurocypria on 31.03.92. It was transferred to Cyprus Airways on 13.04.03.
This is flight CY376 from Larnaca (LCA).
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