Want to start hang gliding?  Click here.
and  WHGA     and     WPGA

Hang Gliding Association of America      says:
"By the way, we're only accepting Founding Members until July 4th, 2010.
Anyone who joins by midnight on the 4th (anywhere in the world)
will be considered a Founding Member.
It doesn't cost anything and anyone who supports hang gliding is welcome."
You may give your name and e-mail to Lift@HangGliderMagazine.com and we will get you onto the Founder's list.  

 June 2010   
During the month, your notes and comments are invited:  
Send to: Lift@HangGliderMagazine.com

~~~=> The Screamer

  Spring fly celebrations throughout northern hemisphere.  Honors and renewals. Lessons, mentoring, instructing, dues paying, buying, selling, inspecting, fixing, sharpening skills.  
Instrument notes
  • How might sails be a source of heat for warming the hang glider pilot? PV? Black conduction?  RATs to heat?
Enjoy and contribute to the hang glider "High Hat" stream
Will there be a world hang glider magazine 100% focused on the type of hang gliders that control via hung-pilot press on rigid airframe, mostly the TCF?  
Want to join a hang glider development committee that is focused on bringing the bones of hang gliders into full double-purposing as electric ultracapacitors with the intention of launch e-assist from flats? 
                    Send notes for development:

Jeff Huey                                  2006

Let the kited buggy wheels drive an electric generator. Charge batteries during all the fun. Use the charge to drive the car or load the ultracapacitored bones of an e-hangglider.

Needs expansion, some new sections, corrections: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paragliding    All are invited.


Cross bar fairing considerations:
  • Design
  • Mount
  • Testing to see if the system is a benefit or not
  • Angle of attack optimization
  • Twist
  • Control. AoA control.
  • Double-purposing as ultracapacitor
  • Inspection
  • Affects on drag
  • Affects on lift
  • Mass and its induced drag
  • Comparison with wing-enclosed cross bars
  • Collect all published data on cross bar fairing explorations
  • Weathercocking?
  • Consider the add-on for increasing the threshold of buckling.
  • What is known?  

Welcome to Austin Free Flight Association (AFFA)



  Self-launched Soaring
  • Self-kiting
  • e-HG
  • e-HG with ultracapacitored double-purposed airframe charged by PV sails and/or AWECS charger. Also, consider pilot-muscle charging.
  • ice-HG
  • Trikes
  • "The frame is made with _____ custom seamless 6061T6 aluminum."
  • "our 6061-T6 is a seamless drawn domestic tube"
  • "The ______ uses 7075-T6 tubing"   T4?   O?
  • "The ______use carbon fiber forms"
  • "The ______uses quality bamboo"
  • "The ______uses a combination of materials and structure so that the airframe bones double-purpose as ultracapacitors"

????drawn seamless, extruded seamless, and extruded structural aluminum tubing, cold-drawn???   What to make of the options?  Proofing?   Inspection?  Logging events over safety-critical parts?   Age? Storage record?

Corrosions, dents, nicks, scratches, stress-strain histories, fatigue, ????

Is there a "best" material for "this" part for "this glider."

Supply of tubing? Controls on quality by the supplier, transporting agent, dealer or manufacturer of final products?

Guarantees?  Warrantees?  Inspection validity?


Alex Ploner  with Laminar Z9


Utah Hang Gliding Road Trip from Rod Clark on Vimeo.

  Flying lines? Cables? Rods? Terminals?  Inspection? Controls at the manufacturing process?  Recognizing errors? Options? Fatigue? Moisture? Tells? Log of use for safety-critical flying lines?  
  Discuss: "One day e-assist for training and launching will make scooter low & slow and AT go to forgotten list."  
Notes are welcome; send to:   notes@HangGliderMagazine.com

Or use form:     http://www.hgausa.com/nicheHGA.html#addniche


AAA Sprints

  A Nation of Fliers: German Aviation and the Popular Imagination  

Point of the Mountain (POM)

Rapidly Deployable Wind Turbine



Tom Mayer


Bill Soderquist
Loma Linda Hospital June6: "Linda Dunn Happy to report that Bill looks great. He is his feisty smiling self. His lungs are fine. 3 broken ribs & bruises (righst side) with bruised right arm. He said he may go home today."

"Dog Gone Bill"



What is the very best flying line arrangement
(line choice, termination method, log of use and exposure,
inspection method, replacement-decision profile?
Hidden fractures? Hidden creep? Hidden fatigue? Hidden corrosion?

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  "throw down"    acro  
  Mike and Gail Haley  
  Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
RMHPA is a club for free flight pilots in Colorado

New Pilots & Safety Articles  in the RMHGPA

  • Types of pre-flight checklists:
    • Mental, memory, visual self-talk
    • Recorded visual notes
    • Sound recording
    • In the eyes/mind of buddy
    • Screen visual text
    • Screen visual graphic
    • Screen audio visual text
    • Screen audio visual graphic
    • Robotic feedback from touch code
    • Interactive requiring touch check-off
    • Interactive requiring keyboard check-off

    What is your form of pre-flight checklist? 
    Details are invited. Notes@HangGliderMagazine.com

  David Glover  
  Interested in joining a research group dedicated to achieving hang glider airframes that are double-purposing as ultracapacitors for e-assist launch of FHG just to 500 feet AGL?  Second stage will be the charging of the airframe via HG sail photovoltaics.
Contact: Notes@HangGliderMagazine.com   
Subject:  "UltracapAirFrame"

Discussion group:


What is happening today
in "Breslau"
(now Wroclaw, fourth biggest city in modern Poland)
regarding hang gliding?    (Map)
Reports are invited: Notes@HangGliderMagazine.com


Churchill: “I don’t think words count for much now. 
Only force of events can govern them.”

Then: Operation Catapult


I pray to the ocean as my God....There is no difference to me...
I give my heart, my tears, my love..... what will we do ?
Do you watch the news ? Do you know how bad this REALLY is?

We need inventors and scientist to brainstorm every day... Then we need to try... is your brain at work ? Please try I know you think outside of the box..... The answer is outside of the box somewhere...

With Love and faith...

a very sad Joy

A little intro....I have been flying for nearly 34 years now
 having been one of those inspired 70's pilots
who saw the infamous Popular Mechanics article in 1972.

Recalling Dennis Cavagnaro        hgxc
Dennis Cavagnaro
hanggliding.org VT February 11, 2008

Vermont HGA


 Dream of Flight


Zen and the Art of Hang Gliding

Forum VHGA

Nearly over 2000 posts in hanggliding.org by HGXC

  Discussion of the CGS Hawk light aircraft. The Hawk is available as a Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA), Experimental Amateur Built kit plane, or a legal FAR Part 103 ultralight.
 [Message activity using May figures is 21% of 2002 level; at June of 2010: 743 members]
  Foothills Flight Park           

Hang Gliding Association of America     


"I lost all interest in amusement park rides once I started hang gliding."   Alan


Das Gleitflugzeug-Projekt "Sky"


Section 1: USPA
  • Your USPA Representatives
  • USPA Leadership
  • USPA Policy Making
  • The USPA Headquarters Staff
  • USPA Constitution and By-Laws
  • Section 2: BSRs

    Section 2 Summary

  • How the BSRs affect safety
  • Waivers and changes to the BSRs
  • 2-1: Basic Safety Requirements

  • Applicability
  • Compliance with Federal regulations
  • Medical requirements
  • Age requirements
  • Student skydivers
  • Winds
  • Minimum opening altitudes
  • Drop zone requirements
  • Pre-jump requirements
  • Extraordinary skydives
  • Parachute equipment
  • Special altitude equipment and supplementary oxygen
  • 2-2: Waivers to the Basic Safety Requirements

  • Why BSRs may need to be waived
  • Classification of waivers
  • Procedures for filing waivers
  • Filing of waivers
  • Section 3: Classification of Skydivers

    3-1: USPA Licenses

  • Background
  • General conditions for licenses
  • Logging jumps for licenses and ratings
  • Verification of Application
  • License privileges and requirements
  • Restricted USPA licenses
  • 3-2: License Exam and Application Procedures

  • License exam instructions
  • Presenting a completed license application
  • License application checklist
  • 3-3: Ratings

  • USPA instructional ratings
  • USPA PRO Professional Exhibition Rating
  • USPA Judge rating
  • FAA ratings
  • Section 4: Integrated Student Program

    4-1: Student Skill and Knowledge Sets (.pdf)
    4-2: Categories A-H: Objectives Overview
    4-3: USPA Integrated Student Program: An Introduction

  • Recommendation
  • What is the ISP?
  • Choosing a school
  • What to expect
  • Student equipment
  • Training priorities
  • Section 5: General Recommendations

    5-1: Skydiving Emergencies

  • Practice emergency procedures
  • Prevention and preparation
  • Take action
  • Aircraft emergencies
  • Equipment emergencies
  • Landing emergencies
  • Freefall collisions
  • Canopy collisions
  • Low turns
  • 5-2: Recurrency Training

  • Students
  • Licensed skydivers
  • Changes in procedures
  • Long lay-offs
  • 5-3: Equipment

  • Federal regulations on equipment
  • Main parachute
  • Reserve parachute
  • Harness and container system
  • Main pilot chute
  • Reserve static line (RSL)
  • Automatic activation device (AAD)
  • Static line (main)
  • Borrowing or changing equipment
  • Use of altimeters
  • Accessories
  • Main parachute packing
  • Parachute maintenance
  • 5-4: Pre-Jump Safety Checks and Briefings

  • Equipment preparation is essential
  • Briefings
  • Equipment checklist
  • 5-5: Weather

  • Determining winds
  • Hazardous weather
  • Density altitude
  • 5-6: Aircraft
    5-7: Spotting

  • Why spotting is important
  • Priorities
  • Group separation on jump run
  • Section 6: Advanced Progression

    6-1: Group Freefall (relative work)

  • What is relative work?
  • Training and procedures
  • Breakoff
  • Other references
  • 6-2: Freeflying, freestyle, and skysurfing

  • The scope of freeflying
  • Qualifications
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Hazards associated with group freeflying
  • 6-3: Freefall rate of descent and time table

  • A logging aid
  • Computation
  • 6-4: Night jumps

  • Why jump at night?
  • Qualifications
  • Challenges
  • Special equipment
  • Procedures
  • General
  • Group jumps: freefall and canopy
  • 6-5: Water landings

  • Why jump in the water?
  • Training for unintentional water landings
  • Intentional water landings
  • High performance landings in water
  • Water jump safety checks and briefings
  • 6-6: Canopy formations

  • What is canopy relative work?
  • General
  • Qualifications and initial training
  • Equipment
  • Rules of engagement
  • Emergency procedures
  • Night canopy formations
  • 6-7: High altitude and oxygen use

  • Preparation and planning critical
  • Scope
  • Altitude classifications
  • Experience recommended
  • Training recommendations
  • Recommended equipment
  • Recommended preparations
  • Oxygen use procedures
  • Spotting procedures
  • Hazards of openings at higher altitudes
  • 6-8: Camera flying recommendations

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Purpose
  • Equipment
  • Procedures
  • Considerations for filming students
  • 6-9: Wing suit recommendations

  • Purpose
  • Background
  • Qualifications and preparation
  • Equipment
  • Exit techniques
  • Deployment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Initial wing-suit flights
  • Deployment altitude
  • Fly-bys
  • 6-10: Advanced Canopy Flight

  • Introduction and purpose
  • Scope of performance
  • Performance progression
  • Downsizing progression
  • Design progression
  • Practice area
  • 6-11: Advanced Canopy Piloting Topics


  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Scope
  • Instructor qualifications
  • Evaluation
  • Risk assumption
  • Section 1: Equipment

  • Equipment choice considerations
  • Wing loading
  • Performance enhancing designs
  • Drag reduction
  • Controls: toggles and beyond
  • Accessories
  • Speed
  • Glide
  • Section 2: Maintenance

  • Environment
  • Collapsible pilot chute and slider
  • Suspension lines
  • Brake lines
  • Packing for an on-heading opening
  • Equipment inspection
  • Section 3: Breakoff, opening, separation, and canopy traffic

  • Breakoff
  • Traffic
  • Advanced Exercises

  • General procedures
  • Jump 1—Evaluation jump
  • Jump 2—Basic aerodynamics and effective flaring
  • Jump 3—Flat turns and braked canopy flight
  • Jump 4—Stalls
  • Jump 5—Long spot
  • Section 7: Exhibition Jumps

    Section 7-1: Exhibition jumping

  • Definition
  • How to approach a demo jump
  • Experience and ability
  • Attitude
  • Landing areas
  • Turbulence and target placement
  • Maximum winds
  • Equipment
  • Aerial maneuvers
  • Crowd control
  • Ground signals
  • Announcer
  • Other activities
  • Advice and approval
  • Insurance
  • Related Readings
  • Section 7-2: Professional Exhibition Rating

  • What is a PRO Rating?
  • Qualifications and procedures
  • Section 7-3: Instructions for completing FAA Form 7711-2

    Section 8: Awards

    8-1: Service Awards

  • Introduction
  • Procedures
  • 8-1.1: Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) General Awards

  • Paul Tissandier Diploma
  • FAI Honorary Group Diploma
  • FAI Parachuting Awards
  • 8-1.2: National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Service Awards

  • Frank Brewer Trophy
  • Elder Statesman of Aviation
  • 8-1.3: USPA Service Awards

  • USPA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Service
  • USPA Chesley Judy Safety Award
  • 8-1.4: Recipients of the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award
    8-1.5: Recipients of the USPA Gold Medal for Meritorious Achievement
    8-2: Achievement Awards

  • Achievement awards for jump experience
  • Cumulative jumps and freefall time
  • General requirements
  • Presentation
  • 8-3: Performance Awards

  • Awards for Skydiving Skill
  • Prerequisites
  • Canopy award categories
  • Qualifications
  • Application
  • 8-4: Tenure Awards

  • Tenure awards
  • Qualifications
  • Section 9: Federal Aviation Regulations

    9-1: Federal Aviation Regulations
    9-2: Advisory Circulars
    9-3: Air Traffic Bulletins

    Appendix A: Freefall Hand Signals
    Appendix B: USPA License Study Guide
    2006 to 2009 drawings by Dave Santos
    About 700 pages! And some pages seem to be a peek into an entire book alone.
    I can now meet my Maker!  
    What a joyous moment!
    Congratulations, DaveS.
    A real robust blessing to our Age.
    I will study each corner of your expression and carry the matter near and far; it will take time.
    There was Archimedes and Michelangelo and now Santos!
    I can clip and rotate, enlarge and reduce.    I will clear with you any doings.
    How neat that the entire world has access to the flow!
    I hope I can get beyond page one   : )     I will note what flashes for me,
    and when you might, you will have comment.     
    It will take time to unfold the treasures in your works.
    Deep thanks, Dave.
    Joe Faust
    KITESA  Kite Information and Technology Exchange Society of America



    Tale of Tails paper

    Thanks for link, Steve C.


    Postby Joe Faust » Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:24 pm

    Learning paths that are distinct may be valid paths to rating and oversight.
    Consider hermits. Consider hermits with Internet. Consider quite remote interested persons.
    Consider varied hang glider activity, the scores of types of participation with a hang glider.
    Consider the vast array of types of flying from GEG to very-high-speed high-altitude cliff-launching in minimal wing.
    Consider budget types. And more variables.

    Consider profoundly the distinctions between:

    Radical solitary learning, no oversight.

    Solo learning with online univeral critique. Each pilot with a wiki; I set one up on "Joe Faust" in wiki space at SG's hanggliding.org Any observer can post critique over my flying and conduct. An observer/poster advances in analysis and judgement when they observe, compose, and post. The whole world could benefit from the exposed learning and critique process. I am rating myself while many others can be rating me on fine or gross aspects.

    Coaching. A "hang glider pilot" declares targets. A coach helps that person obtain the declared targets; the coachee may change targets along the way. The coach does not take on instructorship role and not teacher role. The hang glider pilot is moving toward his or her targets under the synergistic dynamics of coaching techniques. The hang glider pilote remains full responsible for everything done at all times. This can be done online. The wiki tool can be combined; and open universal critique could be part of the fun. Honesty, frankness, reflection, vulnerability, listening, soaking in the bulk of offerings, etc. are aspects that a hang glider pilot learner can live to advance his or her progress toward targets.


    Online instruction from teacher

    Field instructor gratis but professional

    Field instructor commercial and hopefully professional

    Much is left blank above. This note is meant as a stub toward a rich HGAA rating rainbow. I want to capture the variety of targets and participation types. I want to go beyond a vanilla typing of hang glider and hang gliding participation.

    May we find a way to have a very quick entry to "I am a Hang Glider Pilot" with just this and that knowledge, skill, practice. Here is my open record, my open logbook, my questions, my expression of self-analysis, etc. Otheres are invited to comment; I will comment on others' open wiki pages. Flight park supervisors are welcome to pull up my Internet wiki and make a decision...Yes, Sally, you may play on the bunny slope here on this private property club flight part, etc.

    Build and Surf an Origami Hang Glider on a Wave of Air

      Variable Geometry
    Higher-performing gliders have the capability for the pilot to change their geometry while in flight. The pilot pulls on a cord to tighten the sail, and releases it to loosen the sail. A tight sail makes for a better glide, but makes the glider harder to control. Therefore, (roughly speaking) we use a loose VG setting while working thermals, and a tight VG setting while crossing areas of sink in search of the next thermal.
    A second region of variable geometry regards morphing wing shapes via variable extension, variable porosity, variable reefing, etc. Mid-1900s deployments of hang glider sails facing some of these morphing tactics. The future will see even more efforts in morphable wings for hang gliders.
    June 19, 2010, glossary at HangGliding.org
    Triangle control frame (TCF)
    The triangle control frame in some hang gliders consists of tow side beams approximately meeting at their upper ends near the wing's root chord or keel; the two side beams's lower ends usually hold between them a basebar (trapeze bar, control bar, speedbar, belly basebar, etc.). The two down beams (legs, downtubes, uptubes, queenposts, etc.) and the basebar form a geometric triangle roughly. The TCF generally needs staying its position by struts or cables that communicate with the hang glider's other airframe parts.
    The TCF cable-stayed with hang glider pilot behind the TCF was photographed and fact in a hang glider within a Breslau territory gliding club in the year 1908. We still use such TCF in many hang gliders of today.
    Just as a geometric triangle has its degenerate instances, so the TCF has known its degenerate instances; one important degenerate TCF is where the two downtubes meet so closely that they become one (while either the basebar or control bar becomes a tee formation in some aircraft or simply becomes a stub or even identical to the end of the downbeam; this format is the age-old control beam or control stick that exchanges strut staying or cable staying with rigid staying to the wing itself; see Bensen gyrocopter hang glider for such instance; another before 1930 was the Spratt use of the cable-stayed TCF; another is in the Paresev 1961c hang gliders. A degenerated TCF was instructed in the 1887 Beeson US Patent hang glider.
    When skilled designers began to explore power, the TCF structure and understood mechanics got morphed to holding takeoff and landing wheels while also acting as two queenposts in some instances. In hundreds of different aircraft before 1920, one can identify such mechanics regarding the TCF structure. Even the William Beeson 1887 preempted the Wanner and the NASA flexible wing hang glider flows. Spratt also used the known TCF arts. After 50 years of evident instructions on many formats of the TCF, one finds some mid-century use by NASA, Barry Hill Palmer, Mike Burns, and then later others like Dickenson who had experience directly already with the gyrocopter degenerate TCF from the Bensen flow.
    Actually, the mechanics of the TCF is found in the staying of pendulumed variable-positioned weights of the early 1800s Walker gliders. Wenham in the 1800s text and drawings indicated understanding of the TCF arts. Notes on TCF are welcome to be shared at notes@HangGliderHistory.com For instance, the hybrid hang glider by Tony Prentice at his age 13 years had a framed wing and cord-only control where the TCF was all cord format staying in tension during lift-off; see LIFT in 2010 for Tony's drawings and notes.
      June 19, 2010, status in glossary:
    United States Hang Glider Association. This organization had a brief life, as the owner then gave the name over via a non-competition agreement to the later being-born United States Hang Gliding Association, which see next:
    The United States Hang Gliding Association. The name has changed to USHPA to include an emphasis on the string-controlled hang gliders recent decades called paragliders in addition to frame-controlled hang gliders often abbreviated to "hang gliders". Both the string-controlled and the frame-controlled hang glders are mechanically hang gliders. The FAI also respects that paragliders are a proper subset within the parent set of "hang gliders." Note too that the Paresev hang gliders with framed four-boom collapsibility in 1961 were indeed dubbed "paragliders" in contra-distinction to how that term has become identified with string-controlled limp wing with nearly no compression members in the wing canopy. There still is a chance that the market will one day move into robust stiffening of paraglider canopies by various means (beams, whiskers, inflated beams, smart-triggering limp-to-stiff-to-limp sails, etc. to fill out a near continuum of flexibility-stiffness for hang gliders.


      June 19, 2010, status in glossary:
    Self-Soar Association
    Founding hang gliding organization with "OTTO" membership designations. Ratings: "Hang glider pilot" and "Intrepid Aeronaut" with 100% pilot self-responsibility while having robust fellowship for sharing information and flying critique. Low & Slow. Hang Glider Magazine. Hang Glider Weekly. Hang Glider Business Weekly. Hang Glider Manufacturers Association. S-SA communicated robustly into 23 nations. S-SA had a stint of being incorporated in the state of California. Recently, the morph of S-SA are the two entities: World Hang Gliding Association (WHGA) and World ParaGliding Association (WPGA) where the first has a focus on frame-controlled hang gliders, while the WPGA has a focus on string-controlled hang gliders which are mostly today (but won't always be the case) the conventional canopy that has very very little amount of compression material in the canopy assemblies. The pilot-market will shape what happens to any type of hang glider.



    Update: A dream goes down with the plane

    The Albany Flyer replica shortly after taking off on its second test flight of the day.

    Posted Jun 18, 2010 @ 06:28 PM
    • Bamboo
    • Jim Poel   ... how is is?     Notice1     Crash on Friday, June 18, 2010.

    Focke-Achgelis FA 330 Bachstelze


    Gyro Hang Glider Tow

      6 Mb PDF of 761 pages:
        The Wind and Beyond, a documentary journey into the history of aerodynamics in America

    "Many of the scientists and engineers who achieved

    vital discoveries in aerodynamics described their breakthroughs in terms of a special

    capacity to “talk with the wind.” By this, they meant visualizing what the air was



    Dr. Theodore von Kármán (1881–1963)
    "“For advances in aviation in any real sense it
    was necessary for science to catch up with the dreamers and experimenters and
    set a basis for further development in a rational manner




    "They could have been flying, or at least gliding, in year 1200 A.D., since 100 mph airfoils were already the leading source of industrial power, and perhaps they were making and flying gliders way back then, and we just don't know about it."
    Have a day!
    Doug S.

      Consider this--point by point--in analogy for eHG.   Consider a no-ground-road society.



    ""The exceptional pilot
    uses their exceptional judgment
    to avoid the need for their exceptional skills."


    Listening ... keep that virtue throughout one's hang gliding career long.

      http://www.hanggliding.org/wiki/Checking_NICO_sleeves_on_cables             ~~ Red  






    • Bladder making and repair
    • http://www.kitebladder.com/
    • Tensairity bladder making
    • Attaching tensairity slats
    • Coupling tensairity slats
      Temporary hang glider realm includes integrities lasting only a few minutes for Dockweiler-only type sled glides. After a few minutes, the integrity of the hang glider reduces to a status that needs recharge or re-formation.  Known integrity leak rates provides grasp of integrities for one flight at a reset within specified integrity time zone.  This temporary hang glider is different from disposable hang glider.   Another realm is the class of disappearing hang gliders.

    Some special sorts of hang gliders:

    1. Temporary hang gliders
    2. Disposable hang gliders
    3. Disappearing hang gliders
    4. Invisible hang gliders
    5. Virtual hang gliders
    6. Mental hang gliders
    7. Digital hang gliders
    8. Fantasy hang gliders
    9. Art hang gliders
    10. Invisible hang gliders
    11. Giant hang gliders
    12. Tiny hang gliders
    13. Toy hang gliders
    14. Payload-transport hang gliders
    15. Very high high-hat hang gliders
    16. Vintage hang gliders
    17. String-controlled framed hang gliders
    18. String-controlled non-compression-member hang gliders
    19. Frame-controlled hang gliders
    20. Tandem-wing hang gliders
    21. Biplane hang gliders
    22. Thin airfoiled hang gliders
    23. Thick airfoiled hang gliders
    24. Very slow hang gliders
    25. Very fast hang gliders
    26. Monoplane rigid wing hang gliders
    27. Tri-wing hang gliders
    28. Four-wing hang gliders
    29. N-wing hang gliders with N stepping over O, 1, 2, 3, 4, ...
    30. Stacked-wings hang gliders
    31. Hang gliders for leg-less pilots
    32. Hang gliders with frame double purposing as ultracapacitor for e-assist
    33. Non-collapsible hang gliders
    34. Collapsible hang gliders
    35. Best-known-materials-saturated hang gliders
    36. Trash-tech-built hang gliders
    37. Tensairity-dominant hang gliders
    38. Tensegrity-dominant hang gliders
    39. Autogiro hang gliders
    40. Seedwings hang gliders
    41. Moyes hang gliders
    42. Wills Wills hang gliders
    43. A-I-R hang gliders
    44. Chanute hang gliders
    45. Lilienthal hang gliders
    46. Paresev hang gliders
    47. Seagull hang gliders
    48. Omega hang gliders
    49. Horten hang gliders
    50. For-display-only hang gliders
    51. Used hang gliders
    52. New hang gliders
    53. Homebuilt hang gliders
    54. Do-not-fly-me hang gliders
    55. Damaged hang gliders
    56. Certified hang gliders
    57. Commercially-manufactured hang gliders
    58. One-of-a-kind hang gliders
    59. Unique hang gliders
    60. Triangle-control-frame-using hang gliders (since at-least Wenham forward)
    61. Palmer hang gliders
    62. Miller hang gliders
    63. Bamboo-based hang gliders
    64. Carbon-fiber-intensive hang gliders
    65. Cheap hang gliders
    66. Expensive hang gliders
    67. Speed-gliding hang gliders
    68. Flikable hang gliders
    69. Pilot-carryable hang gliders
    70. Non-pilot-carryable hang gliders
    71. Tandem hang gliders
    72. All-black hang gliders
    73. All-white hang gliders
    74. Fine-art displaying hang gliders
    75. King-posted hang gliders
    76. Double king-posted hang gliders
    77. King and Queen posted hang gliders
    78. Rogallo-wing hang gliders
    79. Inflatable hang gliders
    80. Named hang gliders
    81. Unnamed hang gliders
    82. Affordable hang gliders
    83. Demonstration hang gliders
    84. Flight park rentable hang gliders
    85. Flight school hang gliders
    86. Training hang gliders
    87. Simulator hang gliders
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        Meet the world of Mitja    
    Visit: Mitja's home ==> Ultralajt`s World of Flying

    Pronounce "ultralajt"  as English "ultralight."
    I try to use username "Ultralight" on forums that I log in, but mostly this name was already taken.
    (many forums regarding ultralight flying, design, build, and many RC forums)
    So, I simply write that name as we write it in my country (Slovenia)
    It sounds exact like you said "ultralight" (in English) , but we write it "ultralajt".

    And why Ultralight?
    Because I have flown with hang gliders since 1979; built a couple of hang gliders of my own original design; designed and  built and flown two paragliders; designed, built, and flown a Minimum pilot pod for HG; designed, built, and flown composite trike for HG; flew with ultralight aeroplane, sailplanes; but lately I am deeply involved in RC model design,  building, and flying.

    Of course, I still have dreams about designing and building my own ultralight sailplane, that will be foldable as an rigid wing. It is pity that years go by so fast…

    So, Ultralight for sure!

    Have a nice day!

    ~~Mitja                                June 23, 2010

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      http://www.astrobio.net/interview/638/flying-humans-interview-with-david-glover  David Glover  
      Joe notes:                                           Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    Good topic heading that upon answering might affect Mission Statement text.
    Broad brainstorm on how we can face the approaching newbie:
    1. Open a wiki on their name at their permission. Section for their interest declaration. They are to practice posting their personal targets. Questions to them: Will they invite commentary in a section of their member wiki from others that observe and/or review stated targets.
    Section on their declaring what they know about topic in their target. Mentors and coaches can post notes and links fit to the targets stated. The new person gets attention, welcome, response. Teams of HGAA gratis mentors can review the sections of new member wikis and post comments.

    2. Do you declare yourself as a "learning hang glider pilot" yet? Have you observe the assembly of a hang glider yet; how many times have you observe the assembly of a hang glider? Disassembly. Have you read a manual for any hang glider yet? Invisible wind; what are the steps you are taking to get sensitive to what the wind is doing? Do you have any questions about the wind? What are your goals concerning wind?

    3. ....etc. ...(of what could be offered)
    HOW MIGHT such clear offering affect Mission Statement?
    ...perhaps: HGAA will provide an immediate easy entry to become a "Learning hang glider pilot."

    The fact is: A US citizen of any age or condition could have, hold, and use a wing to leave the ground with and glide today without paying anything to anyone, without joining any club or association, without getting observed or critiqued by anyone. And the person could do such within limits and stay fully legal and safe within limits. HGAA could provide a platform for growth, review, reflection, oversight, commentary from others to pool awareness, so the limits may be extended safely; HGAA could give sorority and fraternity. HGAA could give wiki platform immediately.

    An HGAA member 2,000 miles away from NewMember may have a resonating interest that draws a limited coaching action for the NewMember.

    BobK writes:                                           Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:33 pm

    This is a wonderful concept, Joe. There are a ton of practical issues that would certainly need to be solved, but you're asking the most important question in progress ... "Why Not?"

    Of course, the resounding answer will be "It's unsafe!!", but I don't think that's an absolute truth. I do believe some people can learn the way Joe has described. But they have to be very disciplined to stay within the bounds of what's presented. Sometimes the best thing an on-site instructor can say is simply, "No". The big question is how do you get that "No" to the student when they're out on the hill away from their team of on-line advisors ... and they have that urge to fly?

    I think this is a topic worthy of a discussion forum, but it's not something that we're going to resolve before the 4th. I welcome anyone with thoughts to post them somewhere on this forum, and I'll bet you'll have a great discussion with Joe. For those who don't know (especially newer pilots), Joe was USHPA member #5 and he goes back to the founding days of USHGA. I'll bet you'd enjoy talking about flying with him.

    :idea: That just gave me an idea!! Joe, if you came up with an instruction method, maybe you could try it out on someone who is just beginning to learn under a current instructor. The idea would be that the instructor would just be there to monitor the student and stop anything that was unsafe. There would be no other instruction given. The instructor would still have to be paid for that service (of course). But the instructor would really be more of a "spotter" in this case, and it might provide a way to test your ideas while minimizing the risks. Just at thought...

    [Working response will be ongoing (others may chime in:
    Send to Lift@HangGliderMagazine.com ]

    At first blush at the moment:

    Bob, I'm listening. In my listening, permit me to slightly change phrasing of what I hear from you on your idea for me to explore:  


    1. Approaching new would-be-and-willing intrepid aeronaut. Let this person be titled "Learning Hang Glider Pilot"  (LHGP)

    2. Life coach specializing in coaching people to become the hang glider pilots they aim to be. Hang Gliding Life Coach (HGLC)

    3. Field flight monitor/flight instructor.  HGFFM  or HGFFI.   FFM    or FFI.

    4. Community of hang glider pilots. 

    5. Community at large (affected persons, corporations, and related properties)

    Bob, you guardedly mention the practical challenges of methods. And rightly, you direct me (I am interpreting what I hear from you) to scientifically explore and report, so that others may benefit from the explorations as large systems are formed in say, the Hang Gliding Association of America, and in hang gliding clubs around the world. Agreed, such matter will take more time way past the coming Fourth of July, 2010.

    Each of the above five categories of players are in the story, no matter the method LHGP follows for his or her flying story.   All players affect the others.

    Some proposed talking points:

    • Many methods for progress by a LHGP are describable.    Follow one Anadactyl.
    • Many methods for progress are being practiced.  Will masters degree students choose to study the methods in detail; one by one, and then perhaps in comparison among options?
    • Lessons of centuries of hang gliding are available for forming awareness and affecting decisions.
    • When the flight bug bites, then wisdom is challenged. Many good intentions are in jeopardy of being short-served.
    • As Glover noted, if the world knew how very possible personal flight has become in hang gliding, our community of mentors, coaches, and instructors could not handle the needs. Massive influx to hang gliding would quicken stronger government control.  Sad incidents would increase and trigger airspace and land-use restraints that would alter the scene for those who came to hang gliding for its freedoms.
    • Types of potential participation have flowered to be in the thousands.  Some types of participation are being populated more than others because of market and commercial influences. Most stories are prejudiced by first experiences; LHGP hardly know about the broad options.
    • Motivations for shouting out one's enthusiasm for hang gliding may be examined to some profit.
    • Motivations for "helping" others be well within hang gliding worlds may be examined to some profit. Why have such as WHGA or HGAA or clubs or training systems?  Why develop supports for hang gliding coaching systems (HGCS), mentoring systems, field-flight monitoring systems (FFMS), field-flight instructor systems (FFIS), skill-progress rating systems, achievement systems, and honor systems?   Why?  What are the potential blessings of such systems? Are there downsides to having working and ready systems of "help." Building the body of reachable knowledge and the choices of known flight craft expand the set of potential options for a LHGP, yet much of that set may remain hidden behind the trendy face of the hang gliding world. Get LHGP on day-one into a Falcon 3 for a solo flight and that LHGP may never have the practical energy to explore what it might mean to short-pack a self-made "temporary hang glider" used from travel in buses and trains for flying in ground-effect only to spark aviation and science interest in elementary schools across a nation while getting a terrific physical exercise for oneself during the mastery of many GEG skills. But this reminds me of a UCLA commencement speech paraphrased here: "We each cannot stay in this institution to path through the full body of majors; leave here and establish a way in the world to serve through some option."    

    Some opinions that I have at the moment:

    • The drive to serve the flight bug found in the LHGP may go with lapses in wisdom.  Injury and fatalities are still occurring. The scene could be far better than it is, even while having a wider spectrum of participation styles and types.
    • First stage could be lengthened to great advantage and benefit for all the player groups. Missed robust first stage is a missed commercial opportunity. A little flight skill unsupported by master awareness, tested attitude, sharpened judgment




    My HG Coach
    HGC available to some LHGP

    • You: LHGP wants to be coached remotely and radically to become the HGP wished.
    • Some $? per week is posted to HGC's PayPal account in donation, not fee, for the prior week's coaching. There is no contract to pay. Freely donate each Friday.  LHGP ever takes 100% responsibility for results and effects of LHGP's actions.
    • Progress varies to the person.
    • LHGP would fly on day one, but in perhaps unexpected ways.
    • Private e-mail and private web space would assist the progress.  In addition, a public wiki would be optional.
    • LHGP would be interfacing the world of aviation and the world of hang gliding socially and physically, but would not meet or phone HGC. 
    • If you would like a hang gliding coach, then write to MyHGCoach@worldhangglidingassociation.org

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    tag: TCF triangle control frame on kite glider, 1954 cover of August, 1954, Mechanix Illustrated, aircraft registration N3785C, with pilot hung behind the airframe part TCF. Read inside for the story of the cover, with more photos.  Bensen kite-glider, a rotary-wing hanging-pilot glider featuring the triangle control frame airframe part apexed at the wing.  In 1908 there was in a glider club in Breslau a hang glider with the cable-stayed triangle control frame found still in our present hang gliders. JD flew a gyro also and was aware that his control stick (which was actually a degenerate TCF) in the popular giro of his day. The shown Bensen airframe control of the kite-hang-glider-- mechanically the airframe pressed by the hung pilot giving a weight shift control, was well known in the first decade of 1900s and actually much earlier in a batten-saturated flexible-wing hang glider!  Common understood art by skilled aircraft craft people!  Newbie amateurs were ever excited about finding that which had already been invented; sometimes the excitement would grow to be a frenzy; happy days, "I have invented the wheel again and again!" Fun! 


    Working yet:  
    Flight, Dec. 18, 1953, page 815
    American Helicopter, Vol. 29, Issue 1, December, 1052, page 11


    His work in manipulators and many aspects of airfoils in the 1940s made it easy for him to know the gimbal to be used with the TCF with hung pilot.   Explore is varied inventions leading to his rotary kite-glider.   General Electric Company. Archives of GEC would be interesting. Collected works of Igor Bensen?    I sense how he thought of turning things that have complex connection with other turning things, but still keeping seals.


    Flying boat patent with TCF mechanics degenerate two downtubes as one, but T basebar, but still in control-wing function.

    Following two drawings needs to be rotated 90 degrees: Click through each drawings to get to full instructions.

    Further patent using the control-wing TCF mechanics. Igor Bensen saturated the world with the mechanics; those control mechanics were evident in the first decade of the 1900s and such are used in today's  hang gliders.

    Igor Bensen in early 1950s managed to install the already-in-hang-gliding
    weight-shift control system. He managed to use such mechanics
    that had been exhibited by the 1908 Breslau gliding club where
    the triangle control frame was cable-stayed; we still use the same
    system in most of today's hang gliders. The car-carried kite-glider of Bensen
    gained a high press following and hobbyist and sport following with images
    in literature throughout the world.

    Igor Bensen founded the Popular Rotorcraft Association in 1962.

    http://www.pra.org/images/documents/gyroterms.pdf   39 pages

      Bat 21 (1988) is a war film starring Gene Hackman & Danny Glover where Gene's character is stuck behind Viet Cong lines & conjures up a kite-based spin-sock electrical generator to power a radio link to coordinate Danny's rescue efforts.

    Waterworld (1995) presents a post sea-level rise Earth where Kevin Costner's character sails around in a bad-ass trimaran. Chased by armed pirates on jet-skis, he deploys a ballistic folded Cody War Kite, of all things, & thus kitesailing escapes.

    The latest AWE movie is an Austin-based (aka "Little Hollywood") project Brooks disclosed last year about the dramatic birth of clean kite power for a world in crisis. Based on our true story, but with humorous exaggeration. Great visuals. Play yourself. Proceeds from the movie will support the next round of AWE development & a possible sequel.


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    "Welcome to the Mother Lode Sky Riders web page. MLSR is a group of pilots who fly near the base of the Central Sierra Nevada mountains, in the Gold Country of California. The club is responsible for the regulation of one site, located near the Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area at Lake McClure."      http://www.mlsr.net/history.htm

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