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Kiting Kite Hang Gliders (KKHG)
The focus in this folder regards
hang gliders that have the pilot hanging from a wing by short kite lines
(hang lines) generally for gliding purposes following release from towing,
but not always; then that arrangement is further kited by long tow lines
(one or more). The purposes of such two-level kiting of an occupied winged
system are many. We distinguish KKHG from kiting of non-kite hang
gliders, man-lifting by kite systems where the wing set is not directed
toward release-to-gliding activity, and from occupied aerotecture.
People have died kiting kite hang gliders;
prevent such result for yourself and others, if you enter this kind of
activity. This folder is not adequate
for assuring safety of anyone involved in kiting occupied kite hang
gliders. This folder is an open study; people interested in the
topic are invited to send essays for inclusion.
Have a kite hang glider; then consider long-line kiting of that kite
hang glider. Is the kite hang glider structurally ready for being
secondarily kited? Is the pilot and involved team ready for the
Why long-line kite an occupied kite hang
Launch into recreational and sport hang
gliding when satisfactory launch alternatives are not available
(hills, mountains, slopes, inclines)
Extraction of people from difficult
Moving goods, supplies, foods,
What methods and arrangements have been
explored for long-line kiting of kite hang gliders?
What will be the nature of the anchor
set for the long-line kiting arrangement? Will the kite hang
glider pilot have what controls over the anchor set? Will the anchor
set have humans involved? What would be the communications to
helpers in the system?
Fixed anchors using ambient
winds only for the kiting of the kite hang gliders? The wind
might thus be too much for safe kiting of a human-occupied kite
Still, the nature of the ambient wind for safety will
be important. Is the path clear for the moving vehicle or device?
Is the airspace clear of hazards? Has communications been
completed? Are communications open during the operation?
Powered aircraft? Manned? Robot?
Drogues in rivers?
Fixed winch with powered rotating
Unmanned controlled kite systems
pulling the line?
Human helpers towing the line or
Animal helpers towing the line or
Moving car or truck with
fixed-long-line length already set out?
Moving car or truck with payout
from controlled winch?
Moving motorized boat?
Moving unmanned kites or
parachutes as prime movers of the long tow line?
FFAWE method with the anchor set
being a kited wing?
Drag mass with ground friction?
Falling mass? Hole? Incline?
What methods and arrangements
might be explored for long-line kiting of kite hang gliders?
Explore the various ways to have
the long-line kiting continue to happen.
How is the long-line connected to
the kite hang glider?
Bridling the KHG? What kinds of
bridles have been explored?
Explore various ways of releasing
the kited kite hang glider from the initial kiting situation.
Are there ways that are better than others? Why? What studies
have been made over methods?
What happens to the released long
line? Line chutes? Line kites? Reeling? Collecting?
What happens if the long line
releases near the anchor or breaks mid-tether and the KHG pilot
fails to release the remaining line?
Examine various ways to release
the kite hang glider from the long-line kited format.
What are the challenges in each
choice of release method?
What devices are involved in each
Are the devices to be certified
for specific use?
How does one train to use
Explore the control environment
while long-line kiting of the kite hang glider is occurring.
What is involved in gliding
with slack-long-line during step-towing operations?
Explore the control environment
during the release from-long-line towing operation.
What incidents have occurred in
various types of kiting of kite hang gliders?
How many people have been
injured and/or killed during kiting of kite hang gliders?
What lessons have been learned?
What guides and tips have been
What has been found to be
Are there safe methods?
How to keep safe methods safe?
What risks are involved? How
are risks being managed?
What are references to the body
of knowledge affecting KKHG?
Do KKHG instructors have
adequate knowledge and training skills? What would that
knowledge be? How might one know that an instructor is
qualified to instructor KKHG?
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