Performance under pressure
As far back as 2006 (when we were working on the Rookie, DHV 1-2) we were considering how we could reduce the loss of internal wing pressure during accelerated flight. The solution: we changed the cell openings so that during acceleration the intake area is not as reduced than in a conventional cell opening.
The idea is similar to the ram-air inlet duct on a sports car: the more intake area the more charging and internal pressure.
Since the Rookie we have continued to develop and optimise the Air Scoop. Today most of our paragliders are fitted with the Air Scoop. It improves the collapse resistance, particularly in accelerated flight, and simultaneously increases performance. So this feature is good for both safety and performance.