Early flights of prototype:
[Ed: RC glide separated launch-assist unit back to club launch point
for others to use?
Split cost of launch unit among 20 club members?]
( motor creator)
Dr. Ing. Werner Eck
Toni Roth (motor and electronics)
Joachim Geiger (electrical system)
Rainer Lammertz (visionary)
Bea Ashman (creative)
Paul Dewhurst (research)
Sergey Drobyshev (wing design)
Paul Welsh (calcs and camera)
Mark Ireland (photograph)
Dan the Man (pushing)
All at FlyLight
All at Aeros
All those with spirit
How to RC glide the unit back to club-launch zone for multiple users?
RELEASE: April 7, 2009:
Electric driven PPG's are on market and can be ordered from now on.
At the exhibition and airshow
AERO Friedrichshafen (April 2-5, 2009) SWIFT/Fresh Breeze and PAP Team
Germany showed their new electric driven paragliders both equipped with our
drive chain based on HPD 10. These 2 different drive units
have already got the approval by German DULV (FB) and DMSV (PAP) and can be
ordered from now on. Together with an electrified version of the light trike
Dragonfly from FLYLIGHT (GB) and Toni Roth's E-Lift - both also using our
Test pilots showed impressive
flights at the air show on these motors. Strong climb-rates of more than 2m/s
and very low noise-level of less than 50dB(A) set new standards for electric
flying. Both drives are based on standard frames FB/Sportix and PAP 1400,
using propellers of 1.3m diameter at 2000 rpm. Different types and size of
batteries can be supplied to stay airborne from 20-60 min without
THE FIRST SOLAR AIRPLANE AIMING TO FLY NIGHT & DAY WITHOUT FUEL
The size of an Airbus A340
The weight of a midsize car
The power of a motorcycle
After five years of passionate work,
Bertrand Piccard (hang glider pilot),
André Borschberg and their team
would like to offer you the opportunity to attend this first appearance taking
place Friday June, 26, 2009
Notice niche hang glider glances in his history. And especially notice
the depth of wind watching and how such might lend hang glider
pilots encouragement about seeing the invisible at during all sectors of
When will "Hang Burgers" be served at the cafe at Torrey Pines
Gliderport? Will they be monoplane or double deckers or triple deckers or
even quadra deckers? Suggest your choice to the Cliff
Hanger Cafe. Do you want a triangle sandwich?
Chicken wings? Or go for light foods to lower your hang glider's sail
Busy years: first decade of 1900s. In that decade the cable-stayed triangle
control frame or A-frame was gifted to hang gliders (or re-gifted from even
earlier lifting gifters). In this link we see the push past gliders into
powering a four-plane flying machine by Matthew B. Seller II.
Chicago Daily News negatives collection,
DN-0003451. Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society.
Citation: Lamson, Charles Henry. C. H. Lamson's
experiments on kite flying, Crerar Ms 176, Special Collections Research Center,
University of Chicago Library
Citation: Huffaker, Edward C. The Kite : Its
Mechanism and Equilibrium, Crerar Ms 172, Special Collections Research Center,
University of Chicago Library
This seems to deserve a thread: http://www.smaga.de/hmitsitz.jpg
Seems like the holding site has non-functioning e-mail;
and it seems that a commercial cycle of ads appear if one clicks the
"guestbook" ...crashed my browser.
So far, I have no more information, but have a gut feel that it is an
interesting part of airchair history. Open for all to add comment or research
notes. Who, what, where, when? Is the image a modern piece of art, or
does the image have an early 1900s date?
Thursday April 02, 2009: Who will be the first human taking off in a powered-assisted hang glider off
flat land using a motor powered by energy stored from the product of an energy
kite system? Same question for taking off of a lake or ocean water surface?
More? Who will do those things with the additional proviso that the flight
system carries the whole kite-charging system for use in later repeat cycles?
No new invention needs to be made. Gathering the parts and accomplishing the
feats is all that remains. Electric-assisted hang gliders exist ...both in the
limp paraglider sort and the boned or framed-sail type of hang glider. Have an
energy kite system make electricity to charge the batteries; then pack the
energy kite system into the hang glider with the pilot. Then start the motor
and take off into the blue skies. Who will do these firsts? It is not far away;
it could happen soon. Travel the world foot-launching via help from an
energy kite system.
HG assisted by pilot muscle power:
Patent number: 4417707 Filed: Jan 26, 1982 Issued: Nov 29, 1983 Inventor:
Hang glider which can fly by human strength Hiroaki Yasuda: Patent
Filed: Apr 30, 1991 Issued: Dec 15, 1992
Inventor: Hiroaki Yasuda
http://www.airbikeuk.co.uk/ "You can get an Airbike
in three forms, pedal only for the purist, a hybrid system which is a
combination of pedal and conventional power (petrol or electric) to get you
up there, or conventional power."
"These safety problems have been associated with lithium-ion cobalt
batteries, however, not the more chemically stable lithium-ion phosphate
batteries now being adapted to automotive use"
Different note: "A new incarnation of lithium-ion batteries based on
solid polymers is in the works. Berkeley, CA-based
startup Seeo, Inc.
says its lithium-ion cells will be safer, longer-lasting, lighter, and
cheaper than current batteries. Seeo's batteries use thin films of polymer as
the electrolyte and high-energy-density, light-weight electrodes. Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory is now making and testing cells designed by the
University of California, Berkeley spinoff"
Target? 1. The very flight structure of HG/PG to be storage-of-charge.
2. Surfaces of HG/PG, harness, helmet, etc...all surfaces .. to be converters
of solar radiation and reflected solar radiation to electricity to charge
the flight structure. EnterNotes+
Son of Pete Brock (Peter Brock of UP Products). 1975 flying in
Worlds meet: Yes, Pete Brock of UP.
He showed up at the showing of The Big Blue Sky last summer. He is well, fit,
Hall is seen flying in the video of the Escape Country 1975 meet:
Gliding Worlds 1975 Escape Country California
Caption at the video:
::::""Hang Gliding Worlds 1975 Escape Country California filmed by Bob Grant
while attending the first World Competition held near San Diego California.
Sandy McDougal and myself drove the 2,300 miles to fly in the meet. I do have a
higher quality movie if needed. The youngest ever hang glider pilot Hall Brock
is shown flying from the mountain at Robinson Ranch where the meet was held and
tragically Hall died a few weeks later in a hang gliding accident. There is
also a segment filmed at the Saddleback Mountain take-off which is near
Robinson Ranch in California.
Contact me for further info at- email@example.com ""
Limp no-bone governable parachute hang glider ("paraglider" ...termed
since about 1965c)
Boned governable hang glider (The cable-stayed A-frame in front of
tethered hung fall-arrested hang glider pilot was at least present over 100
years ago--instanced in a
gliding club in the territory of Breslau; this fall-arrest system is
highly still used in hang gliding and ultralights)
(Invite all to send in brief description of fall-arrest devices: SendNoteOnlineForm)
"It is the assumptions we make
that will get us killed."
+ Stuart Caruk, 2009
Keep heart, eye, and mind open for coming ultracaps as opposed
to chemical-based batteries.
Look to flight structural parts being at once the ultracaps. Look toward
practically unlimited charge cycles of the nano-based ultracaps. When it all
comes together, one will not notice a mass-cost for the storing of the
assistive energy; and one will not see a profile drag cost for the storing of
the assistive energy. And look to having all surfaces of all parts of the hang
glider system (sail both sides, harness surfaces, helmet surfaces) being
solar-radiation collector-converters to charge the ultracaps.
Shumeyko built this gyro glider in the early 90's.
Chuck Slusarczyk, designer of the CGS Hawk line of ultralight aircraft,
hassold CGS Aviation due to health reasons.
Item in today's EAA's e-Hotline:
CGS AVIATION SOLD
Chuck Slusarczyk, designer of the CGS Hawk line of ultralight aircraft, has
sold CGS Aviation due to health reasons. Danny DeZauche, a Hawk owner
businessman from Georgia, has purchased the company; transfer of ownership
took place on April 1. "I am so happy and relieved that CGS and the Hawk are
going to live on," Chuck Slusarczyk. "Danny will have Steve Bensinger
team. Steve is located in Florida and is a well known Hawk dealer and
champion quality builder."
Look for the new owners in their booth at Sun 'n Fun,
April 21-26, 2009 in Lakeland, Florida.
Those interested in exploring the eventual potentials of
ultracapacitors in hang gliding
are invited to send notes for publication inLift.
expression in E-FLPHG:
Is there a sweet spot in on-board eventual ultracapacitors
for reaching assistive launch to 300 m AGL? With the on-board ultracapacitors
as actual double-purposed flight structural parts (not simple stuffed add-ons)?
VerifyingEEstor EEStor Announces Third Party Verification of Key
Production Milestone July 29th, 2008 http://gm-volt.com/2008/07/29/eestor-announces-third-party-verification-of-key-production-milestone/
Turning, for instance is a simple, one-step process for
Santos-Dumont visited bamboo for his pioneering aircraft. Bamboo was
revisited by Richard Miller in the Bamboo Butterfly hang glider. Highly expert
use of bamboo may yet find niche uses in contemporary hang gliding. The variety
of bamboo is great; crafty care for vital part making and maintenance can be
part of a fine hang-glider-making hobby.
Flying within the safety zone of a
finished hang glider remains important. One need not enter the quick, dirty,
untested, poorly-engineered world; rather, methodical test-saturated
constructing may bring some people a genuine safe bamboo hang glider hobby
Your bamboo ideas are welcome to Lift. EnterYourBambooNotes+
Inspection? Forming composites with bamboo? Partial hang glider
systems? Care? Storage? Sealing? Wraps? Compositing wraps? Laminations?
Butterfly by and shown flying: Richard Miller, photographed by George Uveges
of Santa Monica, CA (now in his second-half of his eighties and still active) at
Dockweiler in early 1960s. The image from a slide became part of the Bat
Glider plans published by Jim Foreman with permission by Richard and
George. A similar craft Batso following this lead was built by
Taras Kiceniuk, Jr. and team and flown in Los Angeles, California, and in
Livermore, California at self-soar meets. The bamboo choice and use was
rough-and-fast. What might be done with high-level bamboo engineering?
Photographer: George Uveges of Santa Monica, California. Historic photo of
designer Richard Miller flying his design "Bamboo Butterfly." A precursor to
Richard Miller's construction shown was an article regarding I Flew the
Flex Wing published by Popular Mechanics magazine in the November
1961 issue; that article was not regarding Richard Miller, but someone else,
probably (confirmable by a simple look at the article itself) Lou Everett of
Ryan Aeronautical Company. Research detail note: The Popular Mechanics
article was short-titled on the cover of the November 1961 issue; inside the
magazine the article had a full title: I Flew the Pterodactyl! Flex-Wing
shown on table of contents page on page 4 for article occurrence on page
85 and following. The article may be viewed in the new Google search at
Author of the article was Lou Everett of Ryan Aeronautical Company.
The photograph indicated full development of the four-boom foldable powered
foldable hang glider frame later similarly reached by Mike Burns and Barry
Hill Palmer; replace pilot control with the 1908 Breslau territory
hang-glider cable-stayed triangle control bar or A-frame and know clearly
that the flex-wing batten-enhanced hang glider was known in the first
decade of 1900s, at least.
On page 260 of the 1961 article about Lou
Everett: "This machine could be converted into a road vehicle in a few
minutes by unfastening the safety locks and folding the wing's leading edge
back alongside its keel. " And: "If he wants to go to town,"
Craigo says, "he could change his cloth wing for a smaller one in about half
an hour. The small wing hasn't the carrying capacity of the large one but it
provides more speed. And the rancher could fold it back for street use in
town." And: "..., we recently scalloped the trailing edge of the
wing to try to eliminate the slight flutter that occurs at the back of the
cloth. It was a small change and yet it shifted the center of lift so far
forward that the plane was too hazardous to fly until we repositioned the
hinge point." And: "These features make it ideal for "untenanted"
applications and for use as a glider, either towed or free."
The reader is drawn to the 1960c use of the term "paraglider" which is
distant from the use of the 2000 use of the term. It is to be noted
firmly that Francis Rogallo demonstrated hang gliders prior to this article
and promoted the use of such for sport use. Ryan Aeronautical and also
Langley center were with thousands of pages of research notes on use of the
flexible wing. The pterodactyl and first-decade Europe also knew
flex-wing hang gliding.
Richard Miller also himself referenced his communications
with pioneer foot-launch Rogallo-wing hang glider builder, designer, and
pilot Barry Hill Palmer on Palmer's 1960-to-1962 hang glider work.
16:47, 11 April 2009 (UTC)
The photograph is from a slide authored by George Uveges of Santa Monica,
California, who is still active in his eighties (2009 note here). George
Uveges gave a slide copy to Richard Miller, then editor of Soaring
Magazine of the Soaring Society of America, then headquartered at the
Santa Monica Airport just 1 mile distant from Geoge Uveges' home. Richard
Miller and George Uveges gave permission to Jim Foreman to use the image on
the paper-printed plans of the Bat Glider; thousands of copies of the
plans were sold by mailorder. The session photographed was definitely not
1961, but a few years later at Dockweiler Beach dunes where now is a
developed hang glider flight training park run by
Windsports and managed by Joe Greblo. George Uveges may still be
contacted for dating the photograph. Since the craft shown and the photograph
were formed after 1961, then whatever Popular Mechanics magazine
published in November 1961 could not be the plan by Richard Miller for the
shown Bamboo Butterfly. Foreman named his planned craft Bat Glider.
Taras Kiceniuk, Jr. followed up on the image and plans with his own built and
flown craft which Taras named Batso.
16:35, 11 April 2009 (UTC) ]
What was the November 1961 Popular Mechanics article about?
See Lou Everett's test pilot story. Notice the references to lateral and
earlier projects. Sense the depth and breath of flex-wing concerns and
explorations; note the awareness of applications..
Barry Hill Palmer was prior to Bill Moyes for successful foot-launching of a
Rogallo-wing-using hang glider ..by some 8 or so years. However, in the
first decade of 1900s, the very mechanics of the flexible-wing hang glider
(which anachronously might be referred to by some people as a
Rogallo-wing-using craft) were successfully foot launched into hang glider
flight in Europe. So, Palmer and Moyes were actually revisiting what had
been already accomplished. Even in 1908 we see a photograph (gliding club
member in territory of Breslau) of a cable-stayed triangle control bar
or A-frame in front of a hung tethered hang glider pilot just as we see used in
2009.. Many have invalidly
claimed global invention on hang glider matters without respecting prior
use of term "stiffenened Rogallo wing glider" would be appropriate for
the Lilienthal's kite release-to-glide device! Yes. They used
leading edges and keel as we know today; they kited the device and then let the
device go into free-flight glide. They then quickly explored flapping flight
and then returned to highly ribbed glider. But the fact remains: they visited
the design that anachronistically in two forms: stiffened and also
minimally boned "Rogallo Wing" glider. Reference: Figures 73, 74,
and 75 on page 93 of Birdflight As the Basis of Aviation.
Markowski is selling copies of the book. So, though
Francis Rogallo invented the 100% limp wing, a strong credit for utilizing the
simply-boned flexible wing both unbattened and strongly battened flexible wing
glider can go to the Lilienthal brothers. Then the 1908 (or earlier)
cable-stayed triangle control frame with hung pilot from single point in
Breslau ...and we have a finished technology only to be later revisited for
more extensive use. Global invention had occurred in Gustav and Otto
Lilienthal kite-glider experiments for the "Rogallo" glider, permitting
time-warp use of the term "Rogallo" where recognition is given for Francis
Rogallo's recognition and instruction for the fully-limp single-surface wing.
With the publication of Birdflight As the Basis of Aviation, global
invention was accomplished. The 2000 flight in other hang gliders later
by Otto L. may tend to blind some from the earlier technology that the brothers
had visited. May their full works be explored!
Der Vogelflug als Grundlage
Entered discussion note:
Having a closer look at Gustav and Otto Lilienthal's early kite-to-glider
experiments, one may have cause for a serious reappraisal of stiffenend or
boned "Rogallo' flexible-wing glider history. The brothers explored both
unbattened and then heavily battened-to-ribbed kites that were simple
keeled-leading-edged flexible wing "Rogallos" (anachronistic, albeit) AND they
let overfly occur so that free-flight gliding occurred for their experimental
unmanned glider flight experiments; they made direct comments to the technology
in Birdflight. Though Francis Rogallo probably gets global invention for the
finding and instruction and demonstration of the fully-limp near-ethereal
"Rogallo Wing," we can at least see in the Lilienthal brothers a full
visiting of the simple leading-edged and keeled stiffened flexible wing kite
and its free-flight glider version. That they quickened to more-birdlike
explorations does not negate that they had pointed visited and instructed the
flexible-wing kite and its glider mode....to the point that such visiting gave
them enthusiasm for the visioned success of all that was concerning them. The
first decade of 1900s saw many different stiffened flexible wing hang gliders
that anachronistically could be dubbed "Rogallo hang gliders" ....The users did
not know about the behind-the-scenes full "Rogallo Wing," of course. The
right-on 1908 Breslau territory gliding club's hung pilot behind the
cable-stayed simple triangle control frame was near the end of the 30-some
years of anachronistic "Rogallos." The brothers Lilienthals pressed
for the tighter control of the airfoil and left the simplistic flexible-wing at
the lee of their rush. Francis Rogallo and company restarted the fine tuning of
the flexible wing and stiffened flexible wing; but the stiffened flexible wing
anachronistic "Rogallo" was invented by at least Otto and Gustav ....if not by
earlier Walker and others. Fun that continued play among the 1800s still brings
fresh delights .... JoeF, April 21, 2009
[ED: Note that it was well understood the the
kite's line is secondary, that the line could be short and in free-flight with
apparent wind, as know in 1870s by the Lilienthal brothers and indeed by others
in the first decade of 1800s.]
For LIFT, welcome references about Wellner
and also F. von Lossl (aka? Loessl)]
The smell of ___________ pointed me to
the thermal. Fill in the blanks.
Tell your story.
Argentina and Italy are on the move to bring on a fresh change for hang
gliders. Various pressures are inviting creativity that will
affect the entire world of hang gliding.Discuss
What would you like to
have in your May issue of Lift?
We call for your notes
about one or more of the following items:
launching HGs from lake or ocean water surfaces
> Effective use
of pilot power in hang gliding
hang glider building
> Airbeams in
hang glider construction>
Ultracapacitors in hang gliding's future
Mass-production of HG wings
> HGs in parades
> Flatland long
> Working hang
long-fence HG soaring
> Bow-wing HGs
future in hang gliders
> Robot AT of
altitude target choices for E-FLPHG
> Complex beams
that are at once structural and electrostatic energy reservoirs
> Complex beams
that are at once structural and compressed-air reservoirs
> Limited uses
of compressed air in hang gliders?
> Morphable HG
> Towing Tactics
operating procedures (SOPs)
HGs? Feast on a HG (eat it?). HG from trash materials? PG
as clothes? Feathering HG?
least-mass limit for HG? For PG?
> Moon City hang
> State of the
arts for electric-assist for HG?
> Hang gliding
into the Dead Sea?
realtime mechanical status of flying lines and terminals? Is such possible?
How? Item: RealtimeFlightCableStatus>
military uses of hang gliders?
> Challenges of
self-kiting morphable HGs?
assisted-launch via solar power or wind power or combination of both
Photo proof that the
triangle control frame cable-stayed with hung pilot on a battened broad-cloth
aeroelastic sailed hang glider was in place over 100 years ago in at least
1908? Yes, that what we find so in place today was already in hang gliding at
least by the first decade of 1900?
> Will mini
electric power units replace towings and truckings-up?
What is theoretically
possible here? Upon exhaustion of the for-launch-only energy, the system
becomes a launched unpowered hang glider. How much more green will be
the on-board launch-assist devices than the towings and truckings? How much
more flying will occur?