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What are Airlocks?

"I am the proud pilot of two Samurai 105s and couldn't be happier. Previously had a 136 and 120. From the opening to the plane out, it's superb! A rigid, stable wing with great openings and peak performance. Don't miss your chance to get one!"
-Chris Ehrlinger, Skydive Suffolk

For all those who lamented the discontinuation of Brian Germain's Samurai and Lotus Airlock canopies, great news! In a limited release, Brian will be building a few canopies for airlock enthusiasts. Signature Series canopies are built to the highest standards in the industry, and hold their value far better than any canopy in the world. Purchase a legend!

"I love my Samurai!!!! High quality craftsmanship!!" - Jeff Lambert, Samurai 120

"You won't be disappointed with one of Brian's canopies!!!! I'm totally in love with mine!!" - Lisa Marie Maly, Lotus 150

"Once again your air lock design saved me in surprise turbulent, thermally winds today at SD Dallas. She stayed true and solid in the dive portion of my hook turn despite the turbulence that tried hard to collapse her! Thank you my friend for designing this and building me a new one yourself!" - Kevin Kologey, Samurai 136

"I had been jumping a Sabre2-190. I also own a Sabre2-170 that I never jump in winds below 10 mph. (I called it my high-speed canopy). I was a little apprehensive about getting a 170 Lotus, but I had heard so much good about it that I decided to get it. My first jump on it was in a 3 mph breeze and I stood it up. I was amazed how steady and controllable it is in those last few seconds of flight. It opens nicely and has all the responsiveness in flight that I could ask for. I am very pleased with it."
- Ray Whipple, NASA

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The Samurai is our high performance 9-Cell elliptical parachute equipped with "Airlocks." Based on the Jedei Sweptwing, the Samurai is a versatile airfoil that will please both conservative experienced skydivers, and super-swoopers alike. The rigid feel of the wing is reminiscent of the Jedei, but without the severe "ground-hungriness" that some customers didnít like. Make no mistake, however, the Samurai will out-swoop the Jedei both in overall distance as well as in softness of the touchdown. The Samurai is available in the following sizes: 87, 95, 105, 120, 136, 150, and 170 square feet.

The Lotus is BIG AIR's medium performance 9-Cell parachute equipped with "Airlocks." The Lotus is a versatile airfoil that will please both conservative experienced skydivers, and newer jumpers looking for a safe canopy. The rigid feel of the wing is reminiscent of the Jedei, but without the severe "ground-hungriness" or radical turns associated with elliptical designs. The Lotus is available in the following sizes: 95, 105, 120, 136, 150, 170, and 190 square feet.



Nearly ten years in research and development make the Sensei Project the longest test-piloting program of any ram-air canopy in history. Now Aerodyne Research has teamed with master designer Brian Germain to bring this elegant canopy design to the marketplace.

In order to shave some of the increased drag experienced at high speeds, the Sensei uses a 21-cell cross-braced infrastructure. This makes it a beautifully proportioned wing, configured into seven cells.

Twenty eight tiny but incredibly strong suspension lines constructed of High Modulus Aramid fiber are coated for extra wear resistance. These low drag lines are essential for preservation of energy. We know you worked hard for your airspeed, and we want you to keep it all the way to the entry gate.

The carefully sculpted airfoil is a novel "Fat-Tail" design, with a greater thickness at the trailing edge to create superior stability when maneuvering with rear risers, especially when pulling high Gs around the corner, down in the power band.

The reduced span at the trailing edge makes the canopy more responsive to toggle input during ground effect and throughout the flare.

The Sensei comes with your choice of 350 or 450 HMA lines.

Available sizes: 81, 91, 101, 111 and 121 sq ft.

For information and ordering of The Sensei, visit Aerodyne Research through the following link:



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