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(Very good production starring Paul R. Bear - "Whitey" hang gliding' funny animation contributed by Neil Larson)

Timely open international discussion on  Otto Meet 1971 Project at US Hawks   

April 2011           Lift
World Hang Gliding Association
builds during the month by reader inputs to
p1   p2  p3  p4  p5   p6   p7  p8   p9   p10

  • p2:  Artificial thermals  
  • p3:  Launch from objects 
  • p4:  Carl Boenish  
  • p5:  "Landing" HGs on water surfaces  
  • p6   Other matters  
  • p7   Aero-assisted launch of hang gliders 
  • p8   Landing videos for study 
  • p9   Launching videos for study 
  • p10 New feature introduced by Neil Larson, all welcome to post:
    HG Techno Vids & Articles
  • Otto Meet 1971 Site Marker discussion  
  • First-person narrative
  • Green charge your e-FLPHG  
  • Timely open international discussion on  Otto Meet 1971 Project at US Hawks   
  • RW

  • Anyone may open discussion on these or other topics:
    •   Running winging  (on flats, on slopes) (variety of purposes and equipment)  
    •   Fliking  
    •   Downhill downwind landing with skis, wheels, snouts 
    •   Uphill upwind landing    
    •   Uphill downwind landing    
    •   FLPHG    variety of "power" methods
    •   HG as free-flight kite system: moving mooring (pilot mass), kite tether (hang line set), wing element
    •   HG pilot fitness, maintenance of fitness, inspection of fitness in the "now"
    •   Head and neck matters  in   hang gliding  
    •   forums.bmaa.org  British Microlight Aircraft Association 
    •   HG harnesses
    •   Surfaces of HG wings   
    •   Collapsibility     
    •   Busability     
    •   Speed gliding   (aka speedgliding, speed flying)
    •   Indoor HG slope soaring arena 
    •   Long fences for HG slope soaring from  A  to   B .
    •   Mid-air visual data without air drag
    •   Insect flight
    •   Insects and hang gliding
    •   Bats and hang gliding    
    •   HG aloft energy production systems and uses for such energy   
    •   Urban hang gliding issues, opportunities, experiences, niche flight activity, safety   
    •   Splitting HG frame makers from OEM sailmakers  
    •   HG plans     
    •   HG kits for DIY    
    •   Niche hang gliding activity.   What is your niche in hang gliding?  
    •   Artificial lift    
    •   Busable HGs  
    •   Sky terminals for HGs   
    •   So, You Want to Fly Like a Bird! 
    •   So, You Want to Be A Kite!   
    •   So, You Want to Hang Glide!  
    •   So, You Want to Design, Build, Test, Inspect, Fly, Maintain, and Repair Your Own Hang Glider! 
    •   So, You Want to be a Hang Glider Manufacturer! 
    •   So, You Want to be a Lift Explorer!
    •   So, You Want to Advance in Flatland Long Gliding!  
    •   So, You Want to Flike!  
    •   So, You Want to be a Safe Hang Glider Pilot!  
    •   So, You Want to Operate a Hang Glider Park!  
    •   So, You Want to be a Hang Glider Historian!   
    •   So, You Want to Buy Hang Glider Lessons!     
    •   So, You Want to be a Hang Glider Instructor!  
    •   So, You Want to be a Member of the World Hang Gliding Association! 
    •   So, You Want to be a Member of Your National Hang Gliding Association!  
    •   So, You Want to be a Member of a Hang Glider Club Close to Your Home! 
    •   So, You Want to Kite-Glide Across Lakes, Seas, or Oceans!  
    •   So, You Want to Launch From Flats with Green-Electric Assist! 
    •   So, You Want a Hang Glider Question Answered! 
    •   So, You Want a Hang Gliding Question Answered! 
    •   So, You Want to see clearly  How the Hang Glider as a Kite!  
    •   So, You Want to know who in 1908 had a cable-stayed triangle control frame on a HG while he hung from the HG keel!  We often still use the same system on today's HGs! 
    •   So, You Want to be a specialist manufacturer of hang glider airframes!
    •   So, You Want to be a specialist manufacturer of hang glider sails! 
    •   So, You Want to be a specialist manufacturer of hang glider harnesses! 
    •   So, You Want to sell your personal hang glider! 
    •   So, You Want to buy a used hang glider! 
    •   So, You Want to inspect the integrity of the flying cables of your hang glider!
    •   So, You Want to store your hang glider to keep its integrity! 
    •   So, You Want to be consistent in excellent launches and landings! 
    •   So, You Want to give some needed financial lift to Lift by making a donation from time to time! 
    •   So, You Want to give some text and image lift to Lift by e-mailing to the editors! ( Good on you!)
    •   So, You Want to  radio-control your hang glider after you exit for a self-soar skydive? 
    •   So, what do you want?    Be part of the answering and fulfillment. 
        Your lift for others via Lift is welcome.
Film: Mt. McKinley Hang Gliding Expedition 
April 27, 2011
Maverick Center Auditorium, Room 155
12th & Bennett
Grand Junction, CO
Admission: free

In May 1976, 12 climbers spent 36 days carrying four hang gliders to a glider's descent. Three pilots were successful in setting records in high places. Jim Hale, expedition leader, recaptures the event. Come see what it was like to climb a huge mountain over 30 years ago.
Sponsored by MSC Outdoor Education Program

Phone: 970-248-1428
  • Rupert gives an update to us:
    April, 2011:
    Hi Joe,

    I am experimenting with electric and air motors for in-flight recharging.
    My favourite is air because it is much safer.
    I won 2011
    Ideal Inventor of the Year last week.
    Thanks for your support!!!

    Ideal Inventor of the Year!  Congratulations, Rupert!
    Read some more in OZ Report about part of Rupert's invention space.
    He has been with hang gliding for many decades from his teens forward.
  • Hang glider crash  (links to hundreds of crashes)  Refresher: What would have prevented each hang glider crash?
  • Easterly on an eastern coast: warming up to spring:    Hang gliding in Wellfleet!
  • Angle flying
  • Snouts
  • Landing videos for study
  • The Parachute and its Pilot: The ultimate guide for the ram air aviator by Brian Germain
  • Vertical Journey: The art of new age skydiving by Brian Germain
  • 1940-Goofy-Goofy's Glider (HQ)
Jonny Durand

Mike Harker, passed on April 1, 2011, from stroke.  

  video==>   Mike Harker - Courage Countdown - OLN -TV.wmv  
    Mike Harker   
 Leader, inspiration, friend to many, model character   
  notice of passing   

3D enabled GPS

Sources of energy (including the awakeness, alertness, and health benefit of the exercise) for a hang glider flight for use in very limited needs or extensive needs, depending on the size of system, extent of charging opportunity, and purpose (from very modest purpose to long flike purposes):
  • Pilot muscle power (oscillating one-way clutch to generator or pedaling to generator)
  • Hang-line (HG short kite tether rotates about its base; format small lever that drives one-way clutch for driving generator for constant trickle charging of batteries or ultracapacitors)
  • Sail upper surface made of solar-energy-conversion flats for charging batteries or ultracapacitors
  • Potential energy from current position in the sky
  • Kinetic energy of the gust environment  (Osoba-Kiceniuk)
  • Regenerative braking during conversion of excess potential energy of position
  • Charging of batteries or ultracapacitors prior to flight by use of pilot muscle power
  • Charging of batteries or ultracapacitors prior to flight by use of propeller set in the wind
  • Thermal lift, of course
  • __?
  • flipper

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UK:   NATS Aeronautical information service

Why Can't We Get a Handle on This Safety Thing
by Mike Meier, Photos by Jeff Goin

~ ~ ~ Eric Wills ~ ~ ~
March 1974
Brother of Bob Wills and Chris Wills

  • Colver, Frank        Colver Sailwing  aka:  Colver Skysail          Photo  
    CSS member      USHPA #7    Photographed in the classic PhotoFly photograph of Low & Slow No.12, centerfold. 
    In the PhotoFly image: Frank is standing holding significant model of what is in front of him; in front of him is Richard Miller in squat holding an advanced model .. situated inside the uncovered left wing of Frank's Skysail.    Far front is left Irv Culver, top drawer aerodynamicist, and right front Volmer Jensen.


  • Colver variometer     ... made by Frank Colver and used some in early modern hang gliding renaissance. Frank Colver still has one; he showed the instrument at Torrey Pines Gliderport on April 2, 2011, when he also showed his 20' Eipper FlexiFloater.   "I brought the only Colver Variometer that I still own, to set on the table for historical display. The only HG I still have is my 20' Eipper FlexiFloater and I set it up for display. It got a lot of attention because it was the largest "standard" Rogallo in the Eipper product lineup and not very many were built. Even though I had flown that glider a lot, it is still in very good condition and several people took little hops down the grassy hill there. One guy, who was there, said he probably built my glider when he was at Eipper."    "it was the first aircraft instrument ever to be designed and produced exclusively for hang gliders. In watching the DVD I would spot one of them every once in awhile on a glider in the scene. Over the years about 5,000 of them were sold."
  • Call for action by attendees or spectators of the great meet:  
         In the short term big push effort

    to move the city of Newport Beach, California to recognize the city's involvement
    in the historic event of May23, 1971, on the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the
    First Universal HG Championships, it is suggested that those actual participants
    and spectators present on the day write a first person narrative in the most illuminating
    and detailed fashion.
           Your personal documentation of that day will assist our effort to establish
    an historic landmark to be presented by the hang gliding community at large
    to Newport Beach City Council during an upcoming meeting.
         Your first person narrative story will be part of this effort.
    When you finish -PLEASE - e-mail me a copy of your story or
    contribute directly to -Newport Beach Historical Society - "stories" submission page
    online  http://newportbeachhistorical.com/submit-your-story
    We will send you a follow-up e-mail soon to let you know more about this Project.
          We are very please to share a major breakthrough in the Project:
    A recently added new member to our California HG Landmark project:
    Frank Colver - a very real Pioneer of Hang Gliding *Spectator at the Otto Lilienthal 1st Annual Universal Hang
    gliding Championships and one of the primary founding members of the USHPA
    (#7original SCHGA member). Frank lives in Newport Beach and is interested in lending
    a hand to our project.
           Our most esteemed best wishes and sincere thanks are humbly acknowledged to
    Frank Colver for 40 years of interest and work in hang gliding; his help may soon bring
    our dream of a monument marker to a reality!
    Thank You, Frank.
              Standing By-
              Neil Larson USHPA #24 - project contact person 

  • Related to above:
    ProjectFirstPage  | Links | Attendees | Sponsors Part I
     IdeasFAQAction Log | To Do | NL Vid Selects | HGM


Neil's input was accepted and published on April 5, 2011.
      Link#1:  Modern Sport Hang Gliding First Happened in Newport Beach  by Neil Larson
      Link#2   Neil Larson



Now 40 years ago May 23rd   -- I was soon graduating from a local Southern California High School. It was a warm Spring Sunday morning. Perhaps because I was the middle child or perhaps because I was a High School Senior, at any rate my parents both agreed to escort me for a family drive to Newport Beach. It was a pretty big deal because I was without my own means of auto transport, actually my Mom had persuaded Dad to do this favor for his son, at any rate we drove down the San Diego Freeway into Orange County. I did feel awkward because the reason for the trip to Newport Beach was practically impossible to explain to my Father. I had begged them to make an afternoon family outing so I could attend the special event that day, all I knew was what had been told to me by my Hawthorne High School friend, Tom Valentine.

Tom was an avid sailplane pilot who subscribed to the Soaring Society of America (SSA) magazine Soaring which displayed a small ad in the back for a upcoming hang gliding meet. Up to that point in human history there had never taken place such an event as was too occur on a Pacific-facing hillside in Newport Beach. But to find the exact manner of verbally communicating to my parents, what a hang glider was. The only reference my father could possibly have had was if he had seen one of a half dozen odd issues of Popular Mechanix or Science & Mechanics or Popular Science over the past 10 years with articles about homemade one-man flying machines or light weight homebuilt gliders. What was about to occur-what I finally convinced my Mother of-was the sincere truth that, indeed, if they went to this "thing" they would not be sorry; and I guaranteed them it would be worth the time, gas, and effort to make this trip.

Along with the SSA magazine Tom had shown me the night before in his garage was a hand printed "flyer" announcing this event-so it had to be true. Of course my father-being of the right wing affiliation-was more-or-less resigned to think this was some wild crazy hippie experience that would be an utter waste of time.

On the drive down to Newport Beach. I sat in the back of the Ford leaning up over the front seat feeling like the tail wagging the dog, because if this turned out to be a farce and wasted Sunday afternoon ...believe me: I would not hear the end of it.

After several vain attempts to locate the site of what should be many people on a hill somewhere near Fashion Island Mall , we managed to find our way along a rough spot on the road-a gravel unpaved level section of what is MacArthur Blvd. Eureka ...Yes!  The event was a reality; we could see a hillside of tall dry grass dotted with persons and an assortment of "winged" contraptions. As my father parked along with a growing mass of onlookers, I couldn't wait to get out of the car. My overwhelming desire to get a closer look at these airships and  find my buddy Tom was quashed all at once when Mom said, ..."Neil, you don't go up there you'll only be in the way; I don't want you getting hurt."

Dad nodded in agreement,  so I was relegated to standing in the dust watching the Flying Circus at a distance of perhaps 200 yards.

That was the day, the day which now is recognized by the international aviation community as the beginning of the sport of modern hang gliding. The hand-printed mimeographed handbill/pamphlet which gave a complete after-action report of the event in great detail by editor Joe Faust, one of three men responsible for the vision and foresight to dream up this event ... "Never can there be another First Modern Universal Hang Glider Championship ---opening to the world a refreshing renewal of that relentless desire of man, woman, and child to fly freely into the ether that is our home--all the purity of intention commensurate with the historic significance of the big event...

So it happened that I was one of about 1,000 persons to witness this mostly unrecognized event in the history of aviation, of human flight, and of modern technology; it was to be known as- The Great Universal Hang-Glider Championships -Celebrating the 123rd Birthday of Otto Lilienthal -Sunday May 23rd 1971.

Keeping with the counter-culture spirit of the times when Sit-Ins & Be-Ins and spontaneous Hippie gatherings were common place, this location had been selected at a last minute in an attempt to avoid being entangled in a bureaucracy of formal red-tape permission and legality. The actual handbill flyer gave Capistrano Beach as the original site of an upcoming man-kite meet, with the preface and stipulation that last minute changes may force this event to be moved to a more suitable location.

Looking back and knowing my father as I do, it is a miracle that he agreed to sponsor this outing at all. What remains is the fact of the matter with the evidence of that event. The Los Angeles Times for Monday, May24, 1971 carried photo of pilot from San Luis Obispo: John Hancock flying during the event on the cover of the morning issue.

Later the Vol. 141, No. 2, February 1972, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magazine printed a seven-page (pp. 286-292) article with photos and a detailed story Happy Birthday Otto Lilienthal!   This coverage sent the joyful celebration around the world.

Far-and-away the best report is carried in an archive edition of Low & Slow magazine,  the publication of the Self-Soar Association (S-SA) - edited by Joe Faust. This is a part of a PDF document set of six DVD's sold by the USHPA/USHGA as a complete magazine Collection 1971-2004.

We have a comprehensive list of those who received the tangible written certificates of award handed out and signed by Jack Lambie, Lloyd Licher, and Joe Faust, the three organizers. About half of the flying man-carrying aero-craft  launched or present on that hill were derivations of Jack's "HANG LOOSE" design bi-plane hang glider, which he was selling plans through the US mail at the time for $3.00 a set. Jack, a part-time middle school science teacher, had used the biplane as a summer school student participation project the year before.

Several of the entries in the event were either students Jack instructed or from those with plans purchased and mailed out. I visited Jack Lambie, over 12 years later, in 1983; he had a large box up in his garage with stacks of ready-to-mail plan sets for the Hang Loose. He told me even after three address moves, people still contacted him to buy Hang Loose plans.

Now we have come 40 years; the world has passed by what occurred on that Buffalo Hills Estates slope overlooking MacArthur Blvd. In 2008, I took a drive up to walk around through the wonderful peaceful residential park atop that hill. Knowing I was probably the only person who attended the "Otto Meet" of 1971 to go back to that location since the Fly-In.

I send this story because it is my great hope that the memory of such an important historic event will now be brought to the attention of those living in Newport Beach City. It is my desire to establish a respectfully designated tribute marker that will recognize the historic place and perhaps a simple stone marker of granite will be placed nearby that hillside to give honor and dignity to such a worthwhile celebration of flight and human endeavor.

*** I have much more interesting details and background information concerning the Otto Hill Fly-In of 1971 :: The Great Universal Hang-Glider Championship Celebrating the 123rd Birthday of Otto Lilienthal on Sunday, May 23, 1971.

~~Signed: Neil Larson, USHPA Charter Member #24, and first SCHGA Historian, United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association #24.  
E-mail:     Neil@WorldHangGlidingAssociation.org
Happy Birthday, Otto Lilienthal!     
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine , Vol. 141, No. 2.
Publication:   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine feature article
Happy Birthday, Otto Lilienthal!
Date of publication: Feb. 1972   
Pages: 286-292     (seven pages with photographs)     
Contributor(s):   Hawkes, Russell  (Author)
Collison, James (Photographer)
Subject(s):  Lilienthal, Otto, Aircraft, Aviation, Experimental aircraft, Hang gliders, Recreational aircraft, Sailplanes, California; Newport Beach, California


Green charge your e-FLPHG 
  • Muscle power of pilot drives generator near launch. Charge up batteries of your E-FLPHG with pilot power.
  • http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/26089    Pioneers were helped by their windmills.  Modify something at launch that will charge the batteries of your e-FLPHG.       Link given by roving editor Neil Larson.  Thanks Neil, neat museum in Lubbock, Texas.    More and more Texans may one day charge the batteries of their e-FLPHG. And upon landing out, a windmill might be close to get a re-charge!
  • Use a kite energy system to charge your e-FLPHG.
  • Plug into grid to charge your e-FLPHG, but buy credits for energy that has been derived from sun or wind or kite-energy, or wave energy, etc.
  • Pure Electric Flight, Electraflyer-C at OSH
  • v?
Otto Meet 1971 attendee story by Frank Colver

I'm already listed below but I thought I would "check in". I attended with my son Matt and his friend Ernest with their bamboo and plastic HG. As shown below they won the Youngest Flying Team award. I was "crew". I had not built a glider but I went on to design and build the Colver Skysail. This design was inspired by Richard Miller's Conduit Condor at the meet. Richard and I became good friends and my first successful flight in my Skysail was from a hill near where he lived, in Vista CA. He was present for my wonderful day since I had taught myself to fly on this higher performance glider with which I bashed the ground many times before I got it right. It would have been much easier to learn to fly on a standard Rogallo!

After I decided that my Colver Skysail was no longer airworthy (due to all that ground bashing;
the Colver Skysail burned up in the fire that destroyed the original San Diego Aerospace Museum.). I went on to fly an Eipper FlexiFloater, a big 20' "standard" Rogallo (largest in Eipper's product line). I displayed this HG at the recent 40th anniversary meet at Torrey pines CA. My next HG was a Wills Swallow Tail and lastly I owned the original Wills SST prototype that Bob Wills had flown (stress tested) in Hawaii. I flew that HG a lot, soaring mountains and sand dunes alike until I switched from hang gliding to a foot launched, single place, hot air balloon of my own design and build (Piccard envelope).

In addition to building and flying HGs, I designed and manufactured the Colver Soaring Instruments variometer. The original prototype for that instrument was used by son Matt and also Taras K in the first Annie Greensprings contest at Sylmar CA. Taras commented, after his amazing high altitude thermal flight that day, that he had to start using my vario to find sink so he could get back down to land. I estimate that about 5000 of the varios were sold before it went out of production. I also displayed the only one I now still own at the Torrey pines 40th anniversary meet. I estimate that about 5000 of them were sold over the product lifetime. I often see them on control bars in old photos and movies (spotted one in the photo gallery in this month's, April 2011, HG&P magazine). As far as I know it was the first aircraft instrument to be designed and manufactured exclusively for hang gliders. It was so sensitive it would indicate the change in air pressure when the toilet was flushed next to my testing room or someone walking across the wood floor. I continued to use mine during the years I was flying my balloon. 
~Frank Colver                           April 6, 2011

Spring Air Festival

SHGA celebrates the end of winter and the return of silent soaring above the local mountains.
This year the Festival is scheduled for
Saturday May 14.
Activities will include:
• Flying and spot landing contests
• Activities for kids
• The famous Guacathon guacamole contest, with precise rules, regulations, caveats, and disclaimers similar to last year
and of course a barbecue!

Roving lifting contributing editor Neil Larson selected a video ...
while thinking about next month's Otto Lilienthal birthday: 

Recommended - Swabian Alb | Discover Germany

Hello Hang Glider Pilot Anywhere Earth,

For several months there has been an effort underway
to place a marker on the site of the 1971 Otto Lilienthal
Hang Gliding Celebration (featured in Bill Liscomb's
Big Blue Sky"). May 23rd will be the 40th anniversary of that
historic hang gliding event.

I'm writing to let you know that the team working on the
project is conducting a poll for the wording of a plaque
that might be installed at that site. If you would like to
vote on the wording or contribute your thoughts on the
project, please visit the "Otto Site Marker" forum at:


Bob Kuczewski


Snagging in hang gliding?    Post a snag note!

  1. One of the first snags in the 1970s were the hooks on boots snagging rear flying cables. Ouch!
  2. Early garage-built HGs used aircraft cable purchased through local surplus outlets. These spool-end discard windings would come in variety of thickness and lengths usually twist tied or wrapped with tape. The upscale Nicopress® Tool and Manual Swage Vise were not readily available to many "Garage Builders" in the early 70's. Builders would "swage" or crimp their own cables to blueprint lengths. Often home builders lacked the tools to do a perfect job. In the case of cables, a variety of cutting methods were attempted, including hammer & chisel smash cuts and using side cutters or pliers. Often the cable would be left with jagged edges & frayed ends. These wire clusters left frayed on the swaged loop ends of the cable were notorious for snagging everything. In the haste to be on the slope on Saturday morning with a HG, many of the early HGs neglected to have 100% safety checks. The single focus on getting a scratch built HG assembled could bypass secondary issues such as smooth cable ends.

         As HGs began to conform to HGMA standards, these Garage Build Hang Gliders with assorted snag issues. Snags occurred at the tail end of the cable loop where the cable ends terminated past the cable-compression sleeves. Grabbing a homebuilt HG to assist a local pilot in walking his "kite" back up a slope would invariably result in grabbing a wing spar tube or cross tube or tail boom near a cable, always leaving the "helper" to suffer minor cuts and gouges on fingers and palms. A small price to pay for the reward of being allowed to fly visitors' HG during a busy day on a training hill. Snagging would occur when these cable ends would catch on HG bags and protective car-top HG covers.
    *Contributed by  SCHGA #24  Neil Larson
  3. ?

Cheapaircraft  (group)

Wallaby Ranch   ... HGAT

Textile ways and means in hang gliding: 
What was? What is? What may be coming?    Smart textiles? Energy-storing textiles?  Solar-energy-conversion textiles?    Gust-responding textile complexes?  UV resistance progress? For XOHG textiles?  Self-integrity-status-reporting textiles?  Thermal-sniffing-reporting textiles?? Digitally programmable illuminable textile?   Clothing, harness, sails, flike adds, double-use pack bags (e.g. morph to harness, morph to float, ...)
  • Japan's newer mosquito nets, kaya,
  • Egypt: conopeum
  • Greece: khonopeion
  • ?

Offer of wording along the way to some final.
See others: Timely open international discussion on  Otto Meet 1971 Project at US Hawks 

Discussion is on going.   Critique on above includes a need to respect that Otto Lilienthal pointedly in published text and in practice began the sport of hang gliding.   We began a robust renaissance in sport hang gliding. The glyph would grab too much if it said simply that on the hill began the sport of hang gliding (a non-fact).  We do not want to ever apologize for secondary meanings, like began ... in the lives living at that time, etc.

 Final offer from Neil Larson:


"We commemorate this hill where sport hang gliding began on May 23, 1971 at the Great Universal Hang Glider Championships celebrating Otto Lilienthal's 123rd birthday."       Discussion on this and other offers is still open from anyone in the world. Otto Meet 1971 Project at US Hawks     

  • Would people still read that as an affront to sport hang gliding having been started by Otto Lilienthal and then others in various nations in early 1900s also?      What we did was emphatically start a persistent renaissance in world sport hang gliding: no small matter!   How might such be expressed?
  • Discussion points by Neil Larson:
    • : Reply to mention of the use of the words MODERN & SPORT----
      An excerpt from the US Hawks - dialogue on the
      Landmark Project-

      The use of the word 'MODERN" in describing this issue is
      very interesting since by including "SPORT" in the term the
      essence of the description is made . There was never an
      ancient Sport of Hang Gliding , however De Vinci & Icarus
      left their (myth) mark on culture & science & history. The
      simple association of the "OTTO MEET " with previous
      patented testing of hang glider / man flight devices down
      through time can be made -Yes.
      But the significant differences that separate & set apart
      the "OTTO MEET" from other earlier events is clear.

      1)- publicized / published invitation
      2)- multiple flying machines
      3)- documented certificates of award for performance etc
      4)- a wholesome competitive spirit between qualifiers
      5)- a common knowledge by the confirmation of general
      agreement (after 40 years of elapsed time) that the May 23rd
      1971 Newport Beach Hang Glider Championships set a benchmark
      in the overall historic timeline of aviation progress.

      This Landmark Project is not meant to scuttle or highjack or
      re-write true history.
      This project is undertaken with the evidence of nearly half
      a century of confirmation.
      We seek to give proper homage & dignity to the
      aforementioned event regarding the time the place & the
      people who actually took part either by participation or by
      witness to the "SPORT HANG GLIDING" experienced that day.

      When Colonel Yeager flew the X15 at Mach 1 in the California
      desert, his achievement was not listed in any "SPORT"
      almanacs, but the Schneider Cup Races of 1913 through 1931
      were listed as SPORT Aviation competition. There has always
      been a distinction between testing for research & the
      gathering of mankind to celebrate a "SPORT"- The " OTTO MEET
      " can then be allowed to be recognized by history as the
      beginning of SPORT HANG GLIDING without the prefix of adding
      the word MODERN.
    • JoeF: "But clearly Otto himself gave text about sport hang gliding and he also practiced sport hang gliding.  Later in US and Germany (first few decades of 1900s), at least,  there were definitive sport hang gliding meets with announcements and prizes for foot-launch event while other divisions in gliding were occurring. Wasserkuppe. Harvard. And more.   The 1971 was starkly definitive for a renaissance after a fat lull; and the new energy became even more international than other prior international hang gliding meets.  The Otto Meet of 1971 sparked an explosion of investment around the world that has persisted. We in 1971 sparked a persistent renaissance for sport hang gliding; we were not the first to do international-announced-and-prized sport hang gliding. How might we express this?" 
    •  http://www.energykitesystems.net/hgh/images/1908StephanNitschCollection.jpg
    • Neil offers further:
    • We commemorate the First Annual Great Universal Hang Glider Championships Celebrating Otto Lilienthal's 123rd birthday of May 23, 1971. Men flew from this hill.  Discussion on this and other offers is still open from anyone in the world. Otto Meet 1971 Project at US Hawks     
    • Offer: 

      Off this hill
      23 May 1971
      people foot launched to fly
      at the
      First Annual Great
      Universal Hang Glider Championships
      Otto Lilienthal's 123rd birthday,
      sparking a
      persistent renaissance
      in world sport hang gliding.

      Bendetson Meter:
      11,719 and counting.
      ~~ Bob   April 13, 2011

 I've posted some of the photos from last weekend's
Vintage Glider/Pilot fly-in which was organized by
Chris Bolfing. Thanks Chris!!!

- View some of the photos on the Torrey Hawks web site:

- Discuss the Fly-In on the Torrey Hawks club forum:
Greetings all,

Just a quick reminder to let you know that the Texas Single-Surface Shoot-Out in Luling, TX is set again for the last week of May.

May 21-22 Practice days
May 23-28 Racing days

A couple of highlights:

1. This event has been reclassified from a regional event to a National Event. As such we will be naming the US Single-Surface National Champion.

2. Jonny Durand Jr. has signed up for the meet and will be flying a Malibu 188. It'll be interesting to see how it's been prepped for the meet. This will be a great chance for all pilot's to have a chance to fly and learn from The Top Dog!

3. Steve Kroop from Flytec is sending a really awesome goodie box of great stuff to be awarded to pilots, to include the "Most Improved H-3" award.

4. New stealth developments from Northwing and Wills Wing.

Registration at www.joelfroehlich.wordpress.com

See you at Luling ! :)

- Joel
Festo's SmartBird   




Video note from NL, see:

Albrecht Berblinger


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Otto Marker Project Action Log
If you were there, your story is invited. There may also be a way for anyone in any nation to advance the project that is underway.

Dear Lift -   
I have been following the information thread about WHACK:
a problem of impact and sudden halt to aircraft on landing
which disposes the hang glider pilot into an abrupt forward
moment -(continuation of "flight" speed and direction by pilot)
after the HG has stopped traveling.

Otherwise known as a crash,  the term WHACK was coined
because the pilot would receive notable injuries to the head, skull, or face
as a result of impacting either the ground or a portion of the
aircraft. Also WHACK includes bruises sustained to the hands
arms and torso; after these sudden impacts with the ground pin
the digits between the control bar lower horizontal section
and the solid earth.

A study of all these WHACK precautions demonstrate many
ingenious solutions to prevent or "soften" a WHACK-ATTACK.
The ongoing discussions and reveals of assorted anti-WHACK
devices will help minimize this regrettable possibility.

One category of WHACK that has not been focused on is the
"NEGATIVE WHACK." I can't think of another more fitting term for this event.
Specifically when the pilot comes to a stop before the
aircraft and thus the vehicle continues forward and strikes
the pilot from "behind." I make no joke: this first came to
my attention in about 1973 while Volmer Jensen was flying
one of his masterpiece designs--I believe a Swing Wing. Upon
a rather hard landing Volmer lost his footing and had to do
a belly-landing crash. The lower fuselage/cockpit of this
type Swing Wing retained a horizontal cross brace between
the "Arm Supports" or Hang Bars.

Volmer sustained a severe injury to his spine because the
impact of this rigid cross brace did not allow for pilot
positioning; so he was pretty much wedged down on the
ground and pressed flat. The impact was sort of a WHACK
WHIPLASH effect. A redesigned version of that hang glider
eliminated the rear crossbar and gave provision for the
pilot to be free from contact with structure in the event of
a Belly Landing. Taras Kiceniuk employed this same
alteration in his Icarus cockpit designs after Volmer's
"NEGATIVE WHACK," clearing an opening in the frame to
allow the pilot to be free from spinal impact.

Sent in by Neil Larson , LIFT Contributor           April 19, 2011


[Neil, a similar challenge existed in:

A cavity or full opening is needed in foot-landed hang gliders, so the spine is not broken in a negative-whack.  In the most simple 1908 Breslau cable-stayed triangle control frame with pilot hung from keep --the method used now in most hang gliders, there is full open space between aft flying wires.]

Cases of planned deliberate downslope landing? Scenarios are invited.
  • Asphalt street near home is slope just enough for ground-effect gliding, but there is not any non-slope area. So, the landings will be downslope. Spoon snout and braking broad sled skid beneath TCF basebar are planned. The frontal spoon canard would anti-whack stabilize pitch during the slowing. The broad sled skid would use up material in the braking process.
  • v?

CRAZY RIDE    Is Bob back?

  •          Rich's Launch     (Madison site in 2010)  
    Rich Sacher lost his cancer battle and passed away April 20, 2011.
    Condolences to his friends and family.)
    "Thanks to Rich Sacher for building a wonderful reel design
    used by many of the Reel Pilots.

  • "Site records: 1988 was an awesome year at Bong. Rich Sacher skied out at 9200'agl" Source.