Run Winging (RW)
Close cousins: FLG, FLFLG, FLFLLG, FL-FLG, FL-FLLG, FL-FLG, GEG, VRW,
This niche of hang gliding has a very long history.
Exemplary RW occurs in some bird species during their launch or landing
RW is a sector that is also frequently part of hang gliding training,
including power-assisted hang gliding.
Safety is ever of utmost importance; care for head, neck, arms, knees,
eyes, other people, property, etc.
Equipment may involve skis, anti-whack
devices, skids, spoon slider, snouts, wheels, brakes, drogue chutes,
Teflon, site preparation or choice, timing, wind choices, etc. play in the
safety concern. Stumbling, pitchy wings, hazards in the environment,
breaks, etc. could bring injury or death. Mitigations of injury vectors is
part of the fun challenge of design, method design, practice, site
design/choice. High engineering and risk management have keen
opportunity in RW. There is large room yet for invention, good design,
practice specification, and development of focused sports.
Runner/pilot mind and body: balance,
strength, coordination, control of wing AoA, control of wing auxiliaries,
practice, speed, speed control, airspeed sensing, agility, awareness,
clothes, guards, harness, attitude, understanding,
- Run with your wing. Skills and purposes vary. A human may run
with a wing; the variety of purposes and level of skills over a wide
range of scale is the topic of this folder. RW is a subset of
muscle-assisted flight; muscles used in the running help to give
the airspeed of that affect the wing and loading of the wing; if runner
leaves the ground into glide or zoom, then the energy from the running
stops being an input; if muscles are used when the pilot is no longer
touching the ground, then the activity of
human-powered flight could
be an option. RW may involve storing kinetic energy into a system
to be used or damped by friction or lift and drag of gliding or zooming.
RW may involve positional potential energy that may be spent for
extending gliding maximized through wing/pilot system design and skill
of moving; streamlining plays a part in RW. Wind or calm play in RW.
Purposes and motivations alter RW efforts. Running may be fast, slow, or
varied. Running styles vary with control of speed, gait, and path of
center of mass. RW may be a preamble to hang gliding into soaring; and
RW may be the ante-amble action at landing from a hang gliding flight.
RW may be the in the launching sector of FLPHG and in the landing sector
also. Lucky Bill.
- The interface of runner with his or her wing varies; separation or
exit strategies vary A wing might be on one's hat; a wing might be as
though one grew the wings; a wing might be a costume item; a wing might
be below head or at head level or over one's head. A wing might be a
framed hang glider or a unframed-canopy hang glider. The runner might be
tether-connected to the wing to form a kite system; or the runner might
be integrated with the wing were the kiting principle is highly removed
as an untethered integrity ensues.
- The wing in a RW system may be empty set, vicarious anything, hang
glider wing, flying wing, long-line-held kite or chute or PG.
The wing may be low cost, or any cost; sophistication for the wing is
fully open for design; very high-tech systems may be involved.
- Consider some scenarios:
- Thief grabs a wing from a store shelf and runs with the wing. Maybe
that is wing running. When focus is differently related to using the
effects of wings, then "run winging" or RW might be the term of choice.
- To be complete in RW considerations, the "empty wing" is
described and used. Such RW is just running; that is, there is no wing
(kin to empty set). From the empty-wing is born the
vicarious wing where mental visualization is used without a material
wing; running with the vicarious wings occurs in human activity and
often is an expression of the dream or wish to fly like a bird. Indeed,
the vicarious RW (VRW) can be a proper preliminary for using material
wings for RW; one might get strong, expert, coordinate, and fully fit in
- A young child is given a wing that is at the end of a string and
runs with that wing with resultant wing flying about.
- Little Hawk
being run at schools and parks to build interest in aerodynamics and
- New hang glider student pilot running a hang glider wing across the
flat grass into the wind or into various cross winds to sense the wing
and airspeed during the experience. This activity may continue
down mild grass or dirt slopes before leaving the ground. Advancing to
actual launches to ground-effect flying or full-on high gliding may be
the purpose here.
- Focused athletic RW comes in varieties.
- One choice is to ever stay running without entering any gliding. The
wing could be a very draggy wing deliberately so designed in order to
give high resistance to the running; some track-and-field runners use
such RW for building running muscles; sometimes the wing is simply a
drogue chute; others have used kites. A draggy wing could
damp the speed that a downhill runner obtains.
- Another choice is to enter flatland mini-glides like a
wing-assisted long jumper, an event that has been specifically
disallowed in conventional track-and-field sport. Flatland versus
slope or incline changes the activity. Indoor RW and outdoor RW occur.
Equipment and preparations vary for choices and intended intensities.
- Another choice at specialized sites is to stay in ground-effect for
100% of the glide; site-dependent, the glides could be very long;
advanced scenario here is extreme long glides akin to those long slides
in some amusement park where people slide-glide on carpets or water-wet
ways for long sliding. One should not fooled in GEG;
that is, just because the gliding is close to the ground does not mean
that the activity is free of hazards and dangers; indeed, GEG can be
very dangerous; yet with planning, design, and practice, GEG effected
from RW can be a rewarding activity and a potential sport, even entering
- Power kiters on land are often employing RW. Some run skillfully in
order to achieve an arrangement that permits a glide episode or a high
jump instance; it has occurred that such resulted in very long and high
glides. Dangers increase in such activities. Deaths have occurred in
such RW-to-glide-or-soaring efforts. The on-land version regards
mini-run-to-jump sorts to extremes. Examples are
plenty in videos.