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This folder on WR is ever growing.  Notes are welcome.

Public discussion and development of WR is occurring at USHawks.org in a topic thread USHawks Wing Running (WR)

Wing Running (WR)
Run with wings

"albatros airlines" (sic, albatross)
(post run: Albatross Island, Tasmania)
Man's Early Yearnings For Flight (1970) Paul Garber - History Of Flight
Running-powered winging ...

--Airspeed awareness, self-awareness, safe-splat strategies, environment awareness--

World Wing Running Association (WWRA)

Little Hawk built by Bob Kuczewski, president of a national hang gliding organization in USA. See MORE.
Shown is someone on May 23, 2012, doing hand-hold wing running with a --Little Hawk--(not meant for harnessed free-air gliding); the shown has no "Safe-Splat" devices or structure; such shown activity may involve stumbling with possible injuries; the shown has no harnessing. Walking or running the wing in no wind or in wind invites various safety considerations.  Many people have been introduced to hang gliding by way of the running of Little Hawk.
USHawks  discussion thread:     Wing Running (WR)

Horten wing running: http://www.delta-club-82.com/bible/photos_ailes/alita.jpg

1862 Lilienthal Brothers' run-n-jump wing as shown in book by Stephan Nitsch 
Notice how the left-right spar ribs corrupt the flow of air; they did not have gliding success with that early experiment in wing running.  But consider using the frame, but add the ribbing that we now understand as good...and then add cover atop of that.

Miscellaneous working notes:
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high-molecular-weight_polyethylene
  • USHawks forum on Safe-Splat 
  • Mission statement for WWRA?
  • Targets of WWRA?
  • One of the targets of WWRA is the scientific study of the potential extremes of WR.
  • Birdman Rally  events include many WR examples. It is evident that the running part has had only token attention in training.  See some video post at US Hawks:  Here.
  • http://www.energykitesystems.net/WHGA/Safety/SafeSplat/index.html
  •  Earlier folder: http://www.energykitesystems.net/RunWinging/index.html
  • Current active folder hereon: http://www.energykitesystems.net/WingRunning/index.html
  • Oz Report thread on Happy Birthday, Otto Lilienthal
  • how to wear wings while running  by @ACCORDING2KELLY on JANUARY 16, 2012.  
  • Costume wings. Running with those wings.
  • On WR wings have some rotating wing, even turbines for generating electricity to charge batteries or light up LEDs on the wing or clothing.  HAWT, VAWT.   Set the rotating wings low or up into high-hat position; or even up higher via tethers, but still do WRs.  WWRA proposes AWES sector: the wing runners would dedicate their running energy to the making of energy to charge the batteries of people. In calms the running speed would tend to be more. Though anticipation is for very very minor production of energy:

    WWRA proposes an AWES sector.
    Wing runners may don or loft wings that have rotating parts that drive the shaft of generators. In calm airs, the running would cause the relative wind to rotate the wing parts for electricity generation; running speed could be less when running a wing into the wind.    AWES6465
  • Strap-on wings. Run with those wings.
  • Kite running    1. Type where operator is running as part of the kite system.   2. Type where a person is running after a breakaway kite or kite system that was set free deliberately.  Kite running. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_running
  • Related patents
  • Video collection for WR
  • Don wings for a WR session.
  • Home made speed wing    video.    wing runner
  • http://www.streetflyer.info/   Discuss.   Dr. Carsten Mehring   Street glider, street flyer,   See also www.exoride.com
  • Open to all humans and animals: World Wing Running Association (WWRA)
  • See each early wings, flappers and fixed-wing. See how they combined with the wing. See running stypes. See Safe-Splat mitigations in the crafts.
  • Age-appropriate wing running.
  • Size-appropriate wing running.
  • Cuben fiber non-woven hoop set and tensairity longitudinal set for casement holding positive-pressurized bladder. Pressure-keepers, pressure sensors, controls, pump.   AWES6526 and following discussion.    Compare 0 deg and 90 deg arrangements for the case structure with helical windings.  Or both patterns.  And the amount of fibers in the structure for each direction.  Consider reefable inner plates in various arrangements from a single diameter (two bladders) to diameter and two normal radii (four bladders); or equilateral triangle of reefable plates in the interior (four bladders).
  • Universal WR cockpit for fitting different wings for WRs.
  • Safe wing running.
  • Running in wing suits. Wingsuit pilots step off cliffs, but sometimes run; one may run in a wingsuit; indeed, wingsuits may come in may sizes.
  • Fictional cape flyers; they often run with their wing cape.
  • Running training for non-bounce?  Keep water in an open bowl; bounce will spill the water. Test oneself.
  • Purpose-appropriate wing running.
  • Run with tethered kytoon wing. WR employing kytoons.
  • Harnessing one's wing.
  • Hand-held wings.
  • Run with wing to the park for flying sessions.
  • Run with wing to give launch to uninhabited glider or powered aircraft.   Consider running with OmniWing
  • Fictional animal WRs, e.g., Road Runner escaping Wiley Coyote
  • WR with street focus
  • wing tip handler  is sometimes called a wing runner
  • WR with public-park focus
  • WR by humans is a form of human-powered winging; some will have WR as a preamble to human-powered flight; however many human-powered aircraft do not have the pilot doing running; however, assistant wing runners may steady the aircraft before flight occurs
  • WR with shoreline wet-sand focus
  • WR with taut runway over dry-sand focus
  • WR with stadium half-time entertainment focus
  • WR with HG focus
  • WR with FLG focus
  • WR with level flat high-fly focus in calm ... analogical to high jump. Wing-assisted high jumping.
  • WR with incline-use focus
  • WR with or without Safe-Splat mitigation
  • WR with wings packed.
  • WR launch of FLPHG.    WR landing of FLPHG.
  • WR with wings partially deployed
  • WR with wing fully deployed.
  • Moon walking
  • WR in the landing sequence of a hang gliding flight: issues, wing characteristics, wing weights, setting wing down, Safe-Splats, variety of experiences,
  • pre-running, warming up body, warming up legs, wakening the legs before serious running is needed              OR
  • Flapping wings while WR.
  • [[Off topic, but interesting:  Evolution - What's the good of half a wing?]]
  • Wing evolution 1of4
  • Wing evolution 2of4
  • Wing evolution 3of4     "choose to run instead of fly"   "wing-assisted incline running"    "hind limbs"
  • Wing evolution 4of4                 | Bats and fingers |
  • Do any insects run with their wings?
  • Pterosaur
  • Quetzalcoatlus
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Streamlining the human wing runner
  • Moon-walk WR in landing a high performance hang glider:     宍戸さんの、ATOS-VRランディングアプローチ
  • Consider the world record holder in track and field sprinting. Then begin to expand winging on him or her.
  • Consider the world record holder in track and field long-distance running; then begin to expand winging on him or her.
  • Consider top human running long jumpers; then begin to add winging to them. What happens? What might happen by varied choices?
  • Consider top human running high jumpers; then begin to expand winging on them. What happens? What might happen by varied choices?
  • WR and pop up?      Low-drag and low-lift during run to speed, then morph wing and AoA for best pop-up?
  • WR and flare?
  • Static wings while WR
  • Wing porosity changing while WR.
  • The point where a glider takes to the air is the most thrilling part of any flight.
    The next is coming in to land.

    Testing new designs in ground-skimming mode is great fun.

    As a young boy I imagined that the plants in the garden were trees,
    and I was able to fly over them in my mind. I still dream of such things.
    ~ Tony      [aka, ARP, May 30, 2012]

  • Roll Wing
  • Options for connecting with one's wing set.
  • Responsible WR
  • Irresponsible WR
  • Group WR, same path same direction.  Or same time in opposite directions on parallel close paths.
  • Flat long-glide in nil wind: world records for wing-assisted long glides on flat? How to judge the touch points? How to determine wind and wind-assisted efforts from raw calm or nil-wind non-wind-assisted efforts? All are welcome!
  • Famous WRs.
  • Infamous WRs.
  • WR accidents and incidents.
  • WR guides for elementary-school teachers, middle-school physical education teachers, high-school P.E. teachers,
  • WR guides for WR coaches.
  • Guide for administration of a WR event.
  • Calm-air flatland running records with null wing, with tiny wing, with each specified wing. How fast might one run with a particular wing?
  • WR occur over a path. Is that path with hazards? Inspection skill? 
  • Wing characteristics?
  • Millions of WR "sweet spots"
    that may be personally selected and set as action targets:

    • What is sweet for the goose may be different from that which the gander chooses OR PREFERS.
    • The variables for any particular WR will invite a "sweet spot" fulfillment. Change something in one or more of the variables and a new sweet spot will be defined.
    • A "sweet spot" may be a fuzzy range of values.
    • One may choose to consider just so many variables and ignore other variables.   Relative to the chosen variables will be a sweet spot for one or more of the variables.
    • For instance, here is an incomplete set of potential variables of a WR:
      • Purpose
      • wind
      • wing design
      • wing weight
      • self weight
      • self-readiness
      • self skills
      •  ambient wind speed
      • running path conditions
      • inclination of the WR path
      • degree of Self-Splat device chosen
      • gustiness of the ambient wind
      • altitude above sea level of the wing run
      • air temperature, air humidity
      • intensity of run
      • freshness of body
      • distance that the wing is from the ground during the WR
    • Purposes may change from one WR session to the next.  Purposes within a session of WRs may vary  ...
      • Is one savoring the WR just in itself?  Are there ulterior motivations for a WR (e.g., art photography commerce, commercial movie making, attracting a mate, earning a living with commercial WR operating, winning a competition, etc.)   
      • Is one doing a particular WR in order to launch into gliding and perhaps soaring; and if so, the nature of the intended gliding? 
        • Short glides, long glides, low glides, high glides?
        • A high jumper donning a one square inch wing protruding from his or her shoulders will not glide very far.
        • A WR who is using a wing of 10 m^2 running the wing downslope into an ambient wind of 7 m/s may have gliding as a target of the wing running.  Or not.
  • Running style that is without vertical bouncing. How to train for such style? Measuring skill for such style.
  • Endurance? Remain capable for 50 firm WRs per session?   Begin with 1. 
  • Variables regarding endurance:
    • Count of WRs in session
    • Average relative airspeed attained in WR.
    • Wing used in the session (design, mass, L/D,)
    • Type of WR
    • Tactics in ceasing a WR
    • Slope.
    • Wind
    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Time invested on each WR
    • Time invested in total session.
    • Clothing used in the session
    • Net system L/D (includes person's posture, clothing, gear)
    • ?
  • Adapting the wings used in non-WR sports?  Windskating, windsailing, kitesailing, landsailing, hang gliding, etc. What are the changes in the wing desired for a certain mode of WR?
  • Study training sessions when people are running wings.
  • Inflated wings for WR. Air, helium, hydrogen, ...
  • Spars and ribs for wings for WR.
  • Why WR?   Why WR when one might choose wing gliding, windskating, hang gliding, windsurfing, etc ?
  • Study launches where short and long runs are made with hang glider wings.
  • Study the variations of running wings using long tethers.
  • Ground traction and friction will play their gifts in WR. Characteristics of the running path and feet or soles of shoes will dance their meaning in the final WR result. 
  • Air drag will will be part of the WR experiences. Many sorts of drag are open for the attention of those doing WR. Design and control may affect drag. Gusts and turbulence over the parts of the system (runner and his or her wing) will affect the results of a WR effort.
  • Running small wings in stronger breezes? 
  • Null-wing WR (NWWR):  (care for Safe-Splat options when mitigating stumbles, overspeed, etc.)
    • On level ground
    • Into headwinds of strength choice at various ground speeds.
    • With the wind of strength choice at various ground speeds.
  • Safe-splat options (study the options).  See Safe-Splat files.   
    • Roll
    • Ski
    • Skid
    • Tumble
    • Thoracic shell and cushion
    • Neck-cavity-fill toroid
    • Head brace
    • Body-part airbag
    • Body-part guards and protectors
    • Roll wing, annulus, ring
    • Goggles
    • Face shield
    • Helmet
    • Helmet integrated with suits
    • Specialized clothing
    • Appropriate shoes to fit chosen WR specifications
    • Wing as cushion source
    • Arrestors
    • Wide rollers
    • Wheels
    • High hat rapid pitch control
    • Restraining lines
    • Crushables
    • Foam of different sorts in various places in WR system
    • etc. (see)


  • How much mass is in a wing for WR? Momentum is mass times the velocity; and so momentum is a vector quantity where direction is part of the essence. Direction of the moving wing and body of the WR does change the character of a WR effort.
  • The run in WR?  Short one-step run? Five-step run? 100-step run? 1000-stride run?
  • During the run of a WR, one probably does not want to experience cramps, muscle pulls, stumbles, slips, slides, drops, bumps, etc.
  • Training for mastery, robust control, smooth coordination, timing, strength, endurance, etc. may be choices in various amounts by specific wing runners.  Avoiding personal injury will let WR continue to be what one wants. Advancing abilities by pointed training may be part of the mix.
    Wing building for WR
    • Dominant material?  Structural type?
    • Will the wing be a fixed form meant need not packing down to small storage volume?
    • Will the wing be packable to a smaller storage and transportation volume?
    • Will the wing structure be collapsible?
    • How will the wing runner interface with the wing?
    • In the wing set of a macro wing, how many sub wings will there be?
    • Will there be a wing storage container?
    • Will the wing be busable by one person or two persons"
    • Will the wing need two or more persons for its handling?
    • What tools will be needed during a WR session?
    • Budget?  
    • Will one be building just one wing or many wings?  Will subassemblies be used among many wings (say wing-runner's body connections to wing, etc.)
    • Will the build be a foundation that can be morphed easily or with difficulty?  Will the build be mostly with materials obtained from discards ("trash technology") or will the build be a fixed design using state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing techniques?
    • Culture, style, appearance, functionality
    • Size?     Size is relative to design and purpose of the WR activity.
      What is large to one person may be tiny to another person. Wing set: one wing or more wings in the system used. Running a multi-wing system? Running a kite train? Running a biplane complex? Etc.
      • Size zero: The null-wing run is equivalent physically to just running. This is an important part of training for WR. Controlling bounce may be a target of some wing runners. Gaining strength and endurance in a controlled-bounce running may be a desired objective. Keeping the drag low may involve keeping bounce and wiggle out of the run and handling of one's body and wing. 
      • Tiny: wing appliqué on a tee-shirt , medallion, virtual, imaginary, etc.
      • Large span: 15 m, 10 m, 5 m,
      • Sweet-spot sizing.   A wing may be sized to best fit a set of conditions among chosen focus variables.
    • Purpose?
    • Expectations?
    • Design
    • Safe-Splat options
    • Longevity of the wing
    • Sturdiness
    • Safety
    • Historical wings that have been run? Who, what, where, cost, results, etc.   Are there plans for historical wings?
    • Crafting tips may be sifted from those building wings in other disciplines from art, model aircraft, hang gliders, ultralights, sailplanes, primary gliders, kiting.
    • Crafting tools.
    • Covering methods.
  • Study wing running involved in kited launch of manned gliders. Both the running of those running to tow the wing and the pilot who might be running in his or her foot launching during the towing. What are the challenges in both the running-towing friends and the the running pilot.  See the videos of splats where injury occurred when running with wing under tow (towed by any method). What is the need for Safe-Splat in these towing scenarios?
  • Examine all available video that shows people doing WR. Study crashes, gaits, speeds, wing involvements.
  • Early notes that were once on Oz Report and in Lift ezine, etc. Gather those notes.
  • Running with wings in hats.
  • WR at special sites?  Indoor or outdoor sites.
  • WR in Moon City?
  • WR in artificial gravity Space Colony?
  • Distinguishing WR from HG or PG or gliding or wing walking or running?
  • WR as the preamble action segment for launching FLG (flatland long gliding).
  • WindSkate.com   Jamie Budge.   He has photos of some early 1970s hang gliding.
  • Place personal name on wing, family emblem, etc.   Favorite person on thing imaged on wings used in WR.  Checklists imprinted or applied to surface of wing used in WR.  Prayers on wing.
  • Wing of mirror-like reflectivity.
  • Incorporating WRs into other activities, festivities, parties.
  • Providing wings for groups for a WR group activity.
  • White wings.
  • Black wings.
  • Porosity control on wing membrane?
  • Terminating a WR
  • Warming up for a WR.
  • Testing winds to be used in a WR.
  • Exercises to advance WR skills
  • WR site database
  • WR records.
  • WR in the dark of night?
  • Indoor WR?
  • Inclination of the WR path? Will the path be exactly and only on flat ground?  Will the path be for going upslope only? Will the path be for going downslope only?  Will the path of a WR involve both upslope and downslope sectors?  Will a WR session involve first an upslope WR followed by reversing into going down the same slope in a WR?  Variety of path inclinations might be chosen or avoided.
  • Fine-art wings for WR.
  • Flaring in WRs
  • WRs with Safe-Splat
  • Parking lots for WRs with Safe-Splat
  • High-touch flare from flatland level WRs. 
  • WR with low resistance and then suddenly morph to rapid climb. How high might one get? Records for calm WR flatland?
  • "(the office is closed on Mondays.)"  Then... is Monday a good day to WR in a park? Etc. Planning one's WRs per site. Traffic.
  • Cell phone on WR excursions.   
  • Running with wings on shoes.
  • Running habits for WR
  • High hat wings
  • Drag of system
  • Backwards running WR
  • Sidewise running WR
  • Wing of WR as rain cover, sunshine shade giver,
  • Wing of WR as tent, as sleeping bag, as exercise mat, as sled, as beach blanket, as raft, as table, as awning, as shade, as sign, as advertising surface giver, as source of income,
  • Do WR for hire, for hire for advertising, for hire as group leader (wing-running classes).
  • WR classes, courses, talks, demonstrations.
  • Halftime decoration: WR demo, activities,
  • Run wing in circle patterns, figure-of-eight patterns
  • Wing making
  • Use WR skills for the launching of hang gliders and the landing of hang gliders.
  • The PIW  on the Horten hang glider; what running style.  
  • Bring in the universal play of running with flags, banners, kites, umbrellas,  glider wings ...
  • Stumbling while WR and the mitigation of stumbling
  • Begin log. Walk, if not run!  Wing walking (WW)
  • Many species of birds do WR. Look into albatross WR, duck WR, etc.,  And notice the ostrich WR tactics.
  • Relationship with track and field.
  • Relationship with hang gliding 
    See and discuss: discussion thread:  Wing Running (WR)  at US Hawks open-public forum
  • Relationship with paragliding
  • Relationship with kiting
  • Relationship with HPA   http://www.pictures.propdesigner.co.uk/index.html
  • Relationship with AWES or kite energy operations
  • Relationship with physical-education school programs
  • Relationship with programs in parks and recreation departments
  • WR with intent of winged high jumping   WHJ  where the target is to fly on flats, but clear barriers.
  • Relationship with HPA  human-powered aviation:  1. Running the wing before a follow-on onboard working.  2. Assistants at long wing running along until flight-control speed is obtained to guard against roll damages. To be a WR for a HPA flight requires care, knowledge, skill.  
  • Sailplane launch wing runners.
  • Accident history.  What can go wrong?  What has gone badly?  Stumbling, trips, crashes, broken parts hitting pilot-runner, broken parts or full device hitting spectators or property, property damage
  • Hermes
  • Example images from various activities.
  • WR while in preamble for foot-launching of kite or hang glider by towing methods  http://www.olivehillhistoricalsociety.org/Matthew_B._Sellers_files/MBS025.jpg
  • Lift and drift for the wing and person involved in the WR
  • Measurement
  • Photography
  • Noise from wing flapping. This may be deliberate and part of a WR activity. Make noise with wings; run faster for more noise. Make music via WR.
  • WR racing. Point A to Point B. How fast?  Type of wing? Matching wings for races.
  • During wing dancing there will be some WR.
  • Wing walking (slow run?).
  • The following wingsuits are built for flying; running in these wingsuits is not the purpose and is made difficult by the short steps required, as the connecting web between legs hobbles the run: http://www.tonywingsuits.com/   TonySuits
  • Running with focus while adding a wing to the complex brings on new considerations of balance, interaction with the air, momentum, terrain texture, hazards, potential flight,
  • Running with a wing while simply transporting the wing without intent of any lifting, but with intent of minimizing the drag of the wing in order to effect simple transport of the wing.  Wing carrying as a material-handling activity.
  • Packing wings to be used in WR
  • capes, cape lore, cape fiction, super hero cape,  capesIMAGESforWR
  • SupermanIMAGESforWR
  • Wingsuit flying does not involve WR except in the landing sequence of the parachutes used to end a flight session.
  • Carts for aerotow launching of hang gliders removes the foot-launch running that is involved in foot-launch towing (aero, scooter, winch).  The WR of the foot-launch towing is to be in the scope of WR studies.
  • Study the gait of the birds who run extensively for launching.   Notice the landing for birds is a different matter where perching and flaring and crashing seem more prevalent than any running in the landing.
  • Running with wing in hand to give launch airspeed for a glider, a RC sailplane, a kite system  for private, person, commercial, or government purpose forms a WR sector.
  • Is anyone running with the kitewing? KiteWing USA Promo    Shown: sliding, skiing, rolling on wheels, ....but not running. Yet. Running involves the body in a way that is quite different from relative fixing feet on sliding, skiing, or wheeled device.  The commercial Kitewing is crafted to match the non-running modes.
  • Wheelchaired WR. The adding of wings to wheelchairs is to be explored, described, practiced.
  • [[Flash idea: Perhaps an annual technical conference dedicated to collapsible easy-carry-packed busable hang gliders.]]
  • Tools and instruments.   Altimeter. Wind speed meter. Inclinometer. Compass.  Map. Clock. Calculator. Log. Temperature gauge. Air pressure gauge. First-aid kit. Camera. Video camera. Cell phone. 
  • Gary Connery using a neck-fill head-neck  brace.  Image
          (Link:  thanks to David Williamson.)     airbag clothing, etc.
  • Styles of WR
    • FLG  Flatland long gliding where effort to extend the glide is strong.
    • SLG Slope long gliding WR. Various slope angle provide opportunity for various lengths of gliding; the threshold involves extremely long ground-skimming (GS) glides; then further beyhond GS is a high-altitude gliding (HAG) and/or soaring threshold of flying.  WR for launch into soaring or HAG has its own special cares. FLG provides some physical and mental and safety learnings and fitness that may play well for HAG and soaring activity.  Landing from HAG and/soaring may be served by the skills and fitness obtained from the WR sector of FLG.
    • Non-glide scenarios
      • Just running without a glide segment
      • Tiny-wing running. Even virtual WR. Even hands-arms as wings in WR. Clothing as wings. Bare-body WR.   Enhanced body sculpting for wings. Bonding streamlining to arms.
      • WR suits
      • Medium-sized-wing WR
      • Large-sized-wing WR
      • Multiple-person WR at each sized-wing
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  • Safety
    • Neck
    • Elbows
    • Head
    • Neck          |  Consider braces, toroidal neck-space-fill head braces
    • Eyes
    • Face
    • Hands
    • Elbows
    • Arms
    • Shoulders
    • Hip
    • Feet
    • Knees           |  Consider non-catchy guards.
    • Frame
    • Log of actions and experience
    • Testing of the limits of structures and activities
    • Safety devices
    • Safety procedures
    • Accident analysis
    • Experiences. Video discussions. Report discussions.
    • Bare-body WR versus use of wheels, skids, skis, nets, arrestors, brakes, drogues
    • Clothing choices to fit the WR scenario.
    • Tripping on wing parts, cape parts, trailing parts, extended wing parts.
    • Hitting helpers or onlookers with wing parts.
    • Snags, catches
    • Avoid frightening people or animals
    • Avoid damaging turf
    • Avoid disturbing the peace of others.
  • Aspects of WR
    • Safety
    • Tether
    • Frame
    • Wing
    • High hats
    • Frontal skids, spoons,
    • Tailing drag
    • Start, run, glide, land, stop
    • Sites
    • Collapsibility
    • Busableness
    • Harnesses
    • Materials
    • Trash technology
    • Motivations
    • Purposes
    • Historical WR
    • Timeline of WR
    • WR organizations, clubs, events, competitions
    • WR products
    • Wind at WR activity sites
    • Landing downslope
    • Landing downslope and downwind
    • Costs
    • Transportation (hike, walk, bus, train, car, truck)
    • Photography of WR activity, construction of devices,
    • Color
    • Proa two-way WR?
    • Surface treatments
    • Solar cells in wings for WR
  • Sites
    • Streets
    • Yards
    • Roofs
    • Parking lots
    • Fields
    • Courts
    • Stadium fields
    • Raised walkways
    • Cabled ways
    • Athletic fields
    • Indoor arenas
    • Shoreline sands
    • Parks
    • Firebreaks
    • Covered loose sand with tensional tarps path
    • Private
    • Public
    • Events
    • Flats
    • Slopes of various inclinations for various WR purposes.
    • Taut tarps anchored over soft beach sand for runway.
    • Platform runways
    • Inclined runways
    • AWES operation sites
    • Official flight parks
  • WR structures from minimal to advanced, from low cost to edge of high-end materials and design
    • Safe-Splat frame designing is open-ended.
    • Bare WR has no frame, just self with wings held by hand or otherwise attached to the body.
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  • Materials for WR structures


  • May 25, 2012, note to Helite: "In hang gliding we have a need to prevent clipping the knee cap off when badly landing. The thought is this: airbag the leg by choice when seeing a bad landing coming. Protect the leg above the knee cap so ground rocks or wood or wire will not scrape the knee cap off. Hope you will offer such for the leg and knee."  Answer: Not into HG yet, but when so: first attention on vital parts, not knee; recommend the seeing of offers from knee guards in other sports. 
  • May 25, 2012: note to David Williamson: Thanks for the Helite link.
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Wing Running (WR)

Postby JoeF » Sat May 26, 2012 3:54 pm

Wing Running (WR)
:!: :arrow: :arrow: . All are invited to explore WR and post in this thread on WR aspects--tiny or huge.
Aspects of WR may range over a wide set of concerns and interests. 
There is a large non-empty intersection of WR with HG actually and potentially.
Working folder that will regularly advance has been started:

Just to start, here are just some titles of sectors in that non-empty intersection of WR with HG: 
:idea: Running a packed HG from one place to another. 
:idea: Running an assembled HG from one place to another in various wind conditions for various purposes. 
:idea: Running a for-soaring-and-gliding HG during a launching sequence (with great variations depending on a host of factors) 
:idea: Running during some landings of a HG. (variations, factors, styles, pros and cons, mitigation of challenges) 
:idea: Running demo wings like Little Hawk (purposes, places, persons, challenges, alternatives, mitigation of challenges, etc. ) 
:idea: Running wings in physical-education classes that seed dreams for future HG piloting (making such age appropriate, safe, meaningful, etc.) 
:idea: Running Safe-Splat-embellished HGs (at x% of soaring-specification size) to train nerves and muscles for WR mastery for HG purpose. 
:idea: Running hang gliders on flats with intent of entering short glide for various purposes (physical training, advertising, wing testing, athletic competition, enjoyment exercise, etc.).
:idea: ? 

Those sectors and others that will surface may be explored and developed over time in this thread, at least. Various authors will ultimately summarize and extend descriptions of grown notes found anywhere on the topic. WR might be one of the oldest parts of the dream of flying. A part, not the whole. A preamble, though even as such in itself WR has its merits. 

Some tags: WR, WRs, wing runs, wing running, wing run (n), wing run (v.), wing runner, wing runners, wing for running, wings for running, running wings (g.), HG running, running hang glider, running hang gliders, [feel free to identify core tags for the topic]


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June  10, 2012:       A pet first goal of mine is eHG:   Limit the AGL to 30 m  and hone the e-system just to be not more than needed to attain a climb out of the 30 m. Use fast running and then turn on the props for a climb; then have not much energy left at 30 m for a practice glide and practice running landing. The scenario would not be just for training, but for fun, physical fitness.   Ultimate dream is to have the frame of the wing BE AN ULTRACAPACITOR itself for such purpose. Then upon landing, tap stored charge source for a recharge of the ultracap wing frame. Then run like mad, trigger e-driven props and climb again to 30 m for a short glide and running landing.   The system would be equipped with "Safe-Splat" mitigation to care for any stumbling that may occur at take-off run or running landing.  Focus is on the running... WWRA  World Wing Running Association  with the e-climb enhancement.   ~JpF
The WR involved in Flutag events and Birdman rallies
learning to fly - Drachenfliegen lernen in Millau, Frankreich        Drachenfliegen lernen


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