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to pilot a large parafoil aircraft from the harness, to pilot a paraglider
para- 'dropped by parachute' + glide
sport of flying parachutes with design modifications that enhance their gliding capabilities. Unlike hang gliders, their close relations, paragliders have no rigid framework; the parachute canopy acts as a wing and is constructed of fabric cells with openings at the front that allow them to be inflated by movement through the air-the "ram-air" effect