Grey line items are yet to be developed. Your continued shared lifts are being appreciated.
Have great lifts in 2009. Happy New Year!
If you forgot to order your Hangglider Calendar 2009 for at the office, kitchen, toilet, etc you can now order them from stock for 17 euro at http://www.svs-design.nl/webshop Kind regards and a happy New Year with a lot of great flights! Sander
Thank you for a great year.
The Lift staff wish you many great lifts in your life in 2009. Keep sharing the little lifts for all! Thanks for sending items to Editor@UpperWindpower.com
Hang Glider Weekly
was publisher of some key facts on the innovative company Seedwingswith founder, designer, inventor
Bob Trampenau. We have strong reason to look to roots of VG
--variable geometry-- in Seedwings. The company's Sensor's fiberglass curved wing
tips and the enclosed cross bar were invented by Trampenau and
first flown in 1976 and shown in Hang Glider Weekly. He
further invented wire braced washout struts in 1978 now used on all
topless hang gliders and the wrap-around Mylar leading edge pocket in
1979 all before the UP Comet. Trampenau continued inventing; and
he first HGMA certified the curved wing tip, enclosed cross bar,
and an all-wire trailing edge reflex bridle stability system and
wire-braced washout struts and wire-reflex bridles are the two most
important stability safety features on today's hang gliders. Another
safety-and performance-feature that is significant are the flaps on a hang
glider. Seedwings owner Bob Trampenau invented the current flap system in
1992, and as yet no one has copied it. The Seedwings
trademark is internationally operated out of the headquarters in California.
This issue: Towing hang gliders and more...
Disclaimer: Linking is not an endorsement.
Scooter, static, pulley,
payout, aero, balloon, animal, friends, winch, boat, servant kite, servant-sail,
bungee, robot-aero, dolly, platform, foot-launch, drop-mass, ocean-current
drogue, river-drogue, grounded robot, PPG, DF, payout GA, self-kiting,
self-payout, pay in, pay out, train hitch-hike, fly-by skyhooking, ocean liner,
submarine, ..., etc., for any hang glider from full limp to full
solid.....on earth, in space, at other planets, and in Moon City and Space
Note: For safety, each method calls for a mastery
of parts and operational arts.
Meet Mr. Lockout was published in Hang Gliding Magazine and was the most current article I have written on lockouts.
~ Dave Broyles
[There was an earlier
version. I've got the magazine archives DVDs set from USHGA. It seems that ONLY
page 30 of the 1997 fifth issue of Hang Gliding is with some unreadable
presentation.. As luck would have it, that's the first of two pages of Part 1 of
an article on towing by Dave Broyles. If someone has a scan of that page, please
send to editor@UpperWindpower.com
Thanks. [ ] activeyet ]
Questions: Will solar-electric motor-powered HG eventually fully replace scooter tow, aerotow, winch tow, platform tow, climbing mountains with ICE cars and trucks, ski-lift, ICE powered harness, jet-powered harness, friend-group tow, bungee tow, kite-system lift, balloon launch, airplane-piggy-back, helicopter assist, motor-boat tow, rocket-powered harness, static-line vehicle tow, etc.? Prop placement: above wing, tractor Nagel, aft keel, harness-CG-line? One prop or two? Blade count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6? Unit kept with HG after launch or power unit released for glide back for others to use same unit? Your inputs are invited.
Question: Will HG parts eventually be nearly fully
double-purposed toward ultracapacitating storage of solar-sourced electricity for powering assistive powered launch to soaring-disciplined hang-gliding off flatland and off water surfaces for XCHG and XOHG?
(cross country and cross oceans)
For XOHG (cross-ocean hang gliding) with water landings, triggered high porosity on the wing sail might be an effective tactic to stop the influence of high winds during the pause on the water's surface.
Use animals to tow your HG: horses, dogs, birds, hogs, ...
Use motorboats to tow up manned kites and gliders like was done in 1800s and 1900s
WWW ??? Wheels When Wanted Wheels need not be a drag bite for the XC pilot, but the wheels may be available quickly when wanted for the troublesome landing. How will this be accomplished? Send in you ideas. That is, one is soaring without a drag bite from open exposed wheels. But in a couple of seconds, get wheels deployed. Or SWW for
skids when wanted. Or PWW for pontoons when wanted. The cross-oceans hang gliding (XOHG) flike project will benefit from PWW. During the soaring, we do not want the drag of exposed wheels, skids, or pontoons. Obtain the wheels, rollers, skids, or pontoons when wanted, not sooner than wanted during a flight's landing program. Send in your designs: Editor@UpperWindpower.com PS: Explore the possibility of rotatable pontoons that act as efficient wings when soaring; rotate for water landing for longitudinal support of the system.
Grey line items are yet to be developed. Your continued shared lifts are being appreciated.
Aerotow or aero-tow
Stationary payout towing
Mobile ground vehicle payout towing
Obtain a tow from ocean ships ...
Obtain a tow from moving trains ...
Tow your hang glider using mass dropped into a slide, a hole, along a cable,
Tow your HG as did the Wright Brothers ... towered-drop mass
Use water parachute, pulley, and lead streamlined anchor to tow your HG off water surface or off long raft or off a boat surface or off land.
Robotize your stationary winch ...
Robotize your moving static-line moving vehicle ...
How to have an onboard winch that reels in your carried tow line and ground-anchoring gear (attach to any stable ground object and carry with you the full attaching and detaching gear) ...
Written by Brian Fotheringham Edited by Michael Robertson & Leslie Updated by Peter Darian
Birdman Art Bean had no time boundaries when it came to arriving unannounced to tell about some new hang glider idea. It arrived some four times over the years to the editor's house after midnight around 1 or 2 a.m. and yelled to get us up to tell of his idea. His having flown from running off a mild slope gave him decades of energy.
On page 112, the author refers to the person who is flying the machine (hang glider) as a "glider" of the "machine." Today a "hang glider" also sometimes refers to the pilot of the machine. On page 156 and following: The author extensively attends to the pendulum mass as a principle of stabilization.
How may one self-tow one's hang glider system off the surface of the ocean and carry the full gear with the flight system? Send in your ideas for lifting others. Editor@UpperWindpower.com
Method: ???: Remotely de-power water kite that is anchoring tow line after using onboard electric-powered winch to tow to altitude; upon de-powering the anchoring water kite, reel in the water kite and remaining tow line. Would such system use less or more power than just using the electricity to power an onboard motor for driving a propeller or propellers? Charge the batteries or ultracapacitors by wave action, solar radiation conversion, pilot power, or hydrogen made from water and sun. [Upon tug on the water kite, the water kite "flies" deeper and at a tack that aides the stability of the hang glider lift off operation. As soon as altitude of the HG is reached, the pilot remotely de-powers the water kite and begins to reel in the remaining tow line and the de-powered water kite.]
Method ???: v
What about not carrying the launch system with the flight system?
Method: ???: What about a water-site base in the ocean? Then what? Consider the dropping of a lead anchor to the deep with the tow line going through a stabilized pulley. Drop the sinking weight and use the drop to form tension to tow the HG up to altitude. Then consider using wave power to jiggle the dropped weight back up to surface through a jiggle-ratchet device. Then soar about and fly back to the launch site. No electricity. No fuel. Just gravity and mechanical wave power. Wind or no wind.
Method: ???: Wave power and block and tackle for hi-start?
Gliding with very little control . Hope that they had a de-powering third kill line ...
What is next? Perhaps having a long-line flatland launch of kite; have RC of the kite for directional control and braking. Catch a thermal and off you go for a long-line-hybrid paraglide soaring session. Some extended fully-out-of-control unplanned glides with jumping parafoils have been made due to passing thermal or cloudsuck; add to such systems a large kite and radio-control of the kite by the far-low-hung pilot and perhaps have a flatland launch-to-hybrid-foot-launching hang gliding scenario. Who will be first to safely and well control such a flatland launching. The mechanical principles are present. The practice is not yet occurring.
Editorial: Some writers seems to miss the point that "hang gliders" include limp to solid wings; many keep straining to remove paragliders from hang gliders, which misses so many great opportunities of all the shades between parawing governable parachutes (a type of hang glider) and the coming solid tethered wing for hang gliding.
Master Powered Paragliding,
"A new series of videos is in production that will take your
paramotor flying to a higher level. Here's a quick taste. We'll reveal, in great
detail, the tools and tips to master precision flying of a powered paraglider.
Jeff Goin, Nov. 16, 2008.
now building the ElectraFlyer trike with a new feature: regenerative charging."
Article from early 2008 in four pages: Pages
1234 - February 2008 (Multi Part PDF)
[Ed: Consider getting wing's
airframe matter double-purposing as ultracapacitor to subtract current battery
mass; consider then deleting trike mass; then go toward having the wing's sail
be a solar-radiation converter to charge the airframe's ultra capacitance. Off
grid. Foot launched. World-around lifetime fliking ... Seal motor and
airframe. Have FWW (floats when wanted (retractable) for water landings. Master
off-water launching to soaring altitude... ]
[Robot translation (We welcome a better translation)
is very rough here of the text:
Electric propulsion for PGs and HGs
The development has been goiing on for years. But on the Free Flight 2008, the
electric drive for paragliders and hang gliders, --the first time to a wider
audience--will be presented. The interest was and is huge. The systems
are so far advanced that they could go into production. But it is the
admission. And who is to carry out what are the criteria?
If the much quieter drive like an ultralight engine to be, d. H. Forced
airfield? The objective is obviously a much more relaxed start to get
permission. If the DHV or responsible for UL DULV the matter in hand? Before
using the E-lift to a legal start to think it is necessary first of all a lot
of bureaucratic hurdles in the path be evacuated.
How does it look like the E-lift. A powerful electric motor (physical
nonsense converted!) With about 12 horsepower drives directly to folding
propellers. The "juice" comes from a lithium-polymer battery and lasts for
about 10 minutes at full power.
Built is the E-lift in a harness, as you know it from the Mosquito.
With a single battery charge to get about 800 meters high. Then you should not
later than in the thermal application.
The developer Werner Eck, a doctorate in engineering, has worked with the
E-lift, in any case he calls his development, a new opportunity to read two or
without a winch on the amount to come. The system is not designed for
cross-country flights, as they are ultra-light, thought. It is a pure ascent
assistance for lowland pilots. And the E-lift just the potential.
As for the "thing" will cost, is still in the stars, because first of all have
to find a producer who produces it in series. The custom in any case is
Not a backpack heavier than a conventional engine with two: About 21 kg of
E-lift in a "bag" system for gliders.
Know how much is in the control electronics. The discharge of the expensive
Li-polymer battery is closely monitored. A deep discharge and you may have him
away. But what is happening in mobile phones and notebook computers have been
working for several years, Werner also appears in the handle to have. Refined
resolved is the start and the emergency stop of the engine.
This has the DHV at the fair in Garmisch a very informative film, and on its
Also, the company Helix (propeller) has an electric motor in testing and has
already shown that he is a career assistance is appropriate.
This is a pure gliding drive. His weight is - at higher battery power - but at
about 30 kg.] Better
translation is invited.
Timeline for electric-powered foot-launched hang
1979 April 29: at Flabob Airport, California, Larry Mauro flew the
Solar Riser with an electric motor powered by storage batteries charged from
the sun. The Solar Riser was a modified Easy Riser hang glider.
c. 2001? Richard Kruger Sprengel electric drive for limp-wing hang
2005 June: Werner Eck began work on his electric drive for limp
unstiffened hang gliders.
2006, June 6: in Canada, Casaba Lemak
Limp-wing hang glider (unstiffened governable gliding wing which is currently
called "paraglider") takes off flatland using electric motor.
2006, December 19: Prototype Electric-Paramotor from Helix-Carbon GmbH
shows electric motor in the Coupe Icare in Saint Hilaire.
Crawinkel, Germany (ten months before the Garmisch Free-Flight Trade Fair)
2007 at the German Free Flight Trade Fair in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Dr.
Ing. Werner Eck and his partner Jochen Geiger showed electric drives for hang
gliders (for limp paraglider types and stiffened wing types).
Lift futurisms: Water-proof it. Recharge it with the sun via
solar-fabric of the wing. Smart nano-3-D matrix lighter-than-air "solid"
floating fill of former Jalbert-parafoil forms. Wet-suited pilot. Low-mass rig
and method for off-water re-launch. Double-purpose sail, lines, flight
suit.. for XOHG.
Welcome notes, Billo, from which I found "Triple Pete"
[quote=""Triple Pete""]With his light wing loading, he became a thermal pilot
who could soar above all others. He took part in what is [b]thought to be the
world's first triple hang glider tow behind one car[/b], but with his wing
loading, he shot up far above the other two. He was a slow eater who could
finish dinner an hour after everyone else at table. On one such occasion up on
the Gulf of
Carpentaria, he had to defend his cold chips with a sharp steak knife. Another
pilot tried to sneak some, so he whacked him with the knife. Pete was far more
upset than the other pilot at the flowing red result.
http://www.dropbears.com/t/triplepete/elegy.htm [/quote] [Bold
Space-General Corporation with paraglider "lifeboat" as pilot-in-wing hang
glider taught in page 93 of the May 1963 issue of Popular Science. The two-lobe
stiffened Rogallo Wing was taught here as inflated beams. Pilot in the central
Still in 1965 "paraglider" was used since 1960... for the stiffened Rogallo Wing
hang glider flown by the hung pilots of the Paresev program, as described for
the 1961-196x paraglider hung-pilot flights. Pendulum weight-shift
principle used in hang gliding in 1800s continued here. The 1908 flexible-wing
battened hang glider of territory of Breslau (first decade of 1900s) triangle
control frame was not used here in the space-reentry targeted purposed formats.
Twenty Megabucks for Paraglider System
NASA has signed a definitized contract with North America Aviation for
the paraglider landing system for the Gemini spacecraft. Total value of
the award is $20,000,015. Slight more than $10 million has already been paid to
the company. Aerospace Technology, 1963.
Note: Fully distinguish the above from the different
Paresev program and Charles Richards.
August 3, 1934, Canberra Times
"Russia- has established the first dis-
tance record for aerial trains. A
motored airplane, serving as locomo-
tive, recently towed three gliders, each
having its own skilled pilot, more than
800 miles. Several landings were made,
the glider pilots detaching and com-
ing down singly.
The take-off, with the three gliders
strung behind, is simple. The average
speed between towns is 110 miles an
hour. Moscow authorities are jubilant.
They say they see the momentous
spectacle of sky freight trains as prac-
Idea: Train tow 100s of hang gliders behind one tug; branch off as wanted for
various niche purposes (recreation, peace, peace-keeping, agriculture,
The paraglider was conceived during the 1950s as a
lightweight hybrid of parachute and inflated wing that might allow astronauts to
pilot spacecraft to airfield landings. From 1961 to 1964, the US National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sought to convert the idea into a
practical landing system for the Gemini spacecraft. The spacecraft would carry
the paraglider safely tucked away through most of a mission. Only after
re-entering the atmosphere from orbit would the crew deploy the wing. Having now
converted their spacecraft into a makeshift glider, they could fly to an
airfield landing. How and why this ingenious scheme failed is the subject of
Gemini By David
Shayler (pages around 305 and following, perhaps
paraglider research vehicle Nov.
1961 ...decision to go after some flying experience. Studies had been very far
along from 1958-1961 on the Rogallo Wing in deep studies, modelling, flying of
model hang gliders of various sorts and stiffening. Then at the start of 1962
with Paresev piloted vehicles built by Charles Richards and his team started the
flight practice manned. The first decade of 1900s ...in
Breslau of 1908 in a hang glider, the simply-hung pilot behind the triangle
control frame was not the arrangement chosen, but the weight-shift pendulum
principle was still used in the foldable four-boom two-lobe towed hung-pilot
device that they were calling a "paraglider" at that time. Rogalo
and others before him already had all the mechanical principles; NASA was
formatting for high-speed re-entry from space. Eventually, the
unfurling from spacecraft of the paraglider became the challenge that was
When perfected, reduced, made reliable, etc. :
1. Get it so that parts of flight system are double-purposed.
2. Get to point where the PG or HG collected solar radiation and recharges the
energy storage system (also double-purposed material…harness, spinal protector,
lines, etc. ).
Then self-winch around the world. Nomadic hang gliding at a new level! No
As you indicated, Brett, it will be a hard press to have self-winch overcome
the motoring with prop; if one had enough winching power …why not just be in
assisted prop launch as one flikes the world.
Alternative in niche arrangements: Keep self-winch on ground with remote
control of the winch from the air...save taking the winch and and power source
to the air.
For contrast, see e-paramotoring, paramoter, eFlight, ePG, ePPG, PPG, e-FLPG,
e-FLPHG, eHG, eFlight, e-Lift, skyting, e-skyting,
Other: Static-stationary-skyting with morphing wing … In moderate wind,
s-kite while wing is large; morph wing as one goes through gradient; remote
detach and pull in all like. SSSMW flike
around the world. No prop, no motor, no winch. Moyes skyted barely, but did not
un-moor from the land anchor. In Torrance, I cooperated with Bill M. to a near
skyte for him, but the wind was slope and high speed…and he had no morphing
going…and left the tow rope on the ground.
Static-stationary-skyting with morphing wing ...
Pay-out AND pay-in winching as one...
[ ] Tad Eareckson and his entire system ...
Glider Rider Digitizing Project - Lost Issues
The project to digitize and place on DVD all the issues of "Glider
Rider" magazine, with support and endorsement from the Editor Tracy
Knauss, is still a go. I am still short three issues and will
appreciate any help to find them.
The issues I still need are
Volume 1 1976 - #4
and Vol. ?? February 84?? #96
Special thanks to David Lindberg for his donated issues!
Please repost this request to your local club list.
George Uveges, photographer, is still living. He lives on Oak Street in Santa
Monica. He took slides of Miller's Bamboo Butterfly flights that Jim Foreman (on
Airchair list) used to make the Bat Glider plans; maybe Jim still has the slides
loaned to him from Richard Miller. Else Uveges g
The Conduit Condor flight picture …negative held by George indicates that high
performance flying wing semi-flexible hang gliders were already known in 1971…
to be that shot at the first modern Otto Meet in Newport Beach is step two from
Otto's famous flight shots.
Bill Allen … photographer. I have no contact data for him. But he has his
original slides. William Allen. USHPA might have contact with him.
I gave all my items to Ken de Russy. I believe he has some items that fit your
quest. I am not sure if I gave the large negatives of the PhotoFly meet to Ken
or not. And I do not know if Doug Morgan kept his original negatives or not of
the shot. The small poor resolution image is in Wikipedia now. It was the center
fold of Low & Slow #12. USHPA DVD did not capture the image in color in a
reprint. The target would be the original negatives or a quality copy of the
negatives. Ken or Doug. You have my permission to reproduce the PhotoFly image.
Bill Liscomb collected many images. He might have some high resolution images.
Big Blue Sky. WilLiscomb
Barry Hill Palmer is still reachable. He was apparently first to foot launch a
renaissance stiffened Rogallo wing hang glider. Among his seven to eight
versions, he reached the 1908 hung pilot behind triangle control frame, but
strut stayed. In Breslau in 1908 the very TCF we have today iconically was
cable-stayed precisely as we have today. See image at bottom of
Tony Prentice has tabs on many neat images.
Drachen Foundation has the archives for Domina Jalbert whose invention gave full
foundation to the limp hang gliders: paragliders of today. They may well
cooperate on hi-res images on Jalbert.
Mark Forbes of USHPA has tab on large collection of publications. Maybe
images, not sure. He is reachable in OZ PM etc.
Wish you the best on your project, Bart,
While researching today for an effort to help protect the trade name of
I came across the back page of Vol. 2, No. 3, March 17, 1974 issue of Hang
Glider Weekly that held a small article about myh Jim Hobson meetings and
borrowings of his materials:
Jim's last name is properly with "son" in the name. I published his hame in that
issue with an "sen" incorrectly. His professional record is on the Net.
Apparently I had overlapped HGW with some L&S; fuzzy memory, but L&S had exactly
36 issues. HGW had about 170 editions. I have a copy of the #25-36 of L&S. The
L&S 1-24 are in the USHGA DVD in B&W, thus not the 4-color L&S centerfold of
PhotoFly image. In below article I used "r" in the Rogallo reference. Jim had
activity with his flying ...at Dockweiler before Richard Miller ...by a few
years. We are still hoping that the heirs of Jim have held onto his notebooks
and scrapebook that I had itemized on a typed working sheet; I will one day be
giving the sheet to Ken; I sent Gerry a copy of that record. My borrowed HGW
copies from Joe Greblo may one day at his approval go to Ken. Mark Forbes and
Ken are equally permitted to republish the about 170 issues of HGW.
=============================On back page of Vol. 2, No. 3, March 17,
1961 marked Jim's recording of a triangle control bar and flexibly hanging
seated pilot attached to a sharp-nosed rogallo conical hang glider. His
notebooks and photographs covering his early 60's mind and hardware adventures
will be featured in the coming bimonthly L&S. ...
At that time I was not steeped in the aviation history that clearly
showed that cable-stayed triangle control bar with hung pilot in a battened
cloth hang glider had been fact in the territory of Breslau in first decade
of the 1900 with teachings in the following several decades with both strut and
cable-staying the triangle control frame. Also, in 1974, I was not aware of the
1910 or so Weiss flying wing with twist that looks very close to contemporary
2000 hang gliders' DS wings.. The Palmer (1961-2), Hobson ('61), Burns ('62-63),
and later Dickenson (late '63) were fifty+ years after the Breslau hang glider
fact. The GA powered sets lifted the glider pilot to positons to use
aerodynamica controls while the frame and wheels served takeoff and landing
purposes; but the CG mechanical invention and arts were already known. Early
1800s had the pendulum control mechanicals well underway. Then Espenlaub strut
staying and Spratt revisiting the Breslau tactic simply continued things.
And in 1973-74, there was zero contention, only raw open innocent caring to post
what came into my desk.
PS: I see now that throughout a couple of years without any correction from Pat,
I had spelled his name Pat Conniry, whereas an Eipper Formance print once had
"airy" in the last part of his name. In HangGliderHistory both spellings are put
forward. Pat had many times visited the Low & Slow office; and he helped me when
I crashed at Malaga Cove; he drove me to the doctors to get a cast for my arm.
PPS: All are invited to play a part in professionally protecting the tradename
of Seedwings in the hang gliding community from abuse; there is a challenge by a
let-go affiliate. See a blurb on the lower part of the page at
http://HangGliderHistory.com for Seedwings.
I would share this with Mike Burns and JD, but the word is that there is a
blocking, so I did not cc them; others are welcome to include them
PPPS: Apparently I overlapped some HGW timing while finishing off the L&S. And a
mention of a possible L&S 37 ...never happened. The last of L&S was large format
The count of all publications for HG was 216. That 216 include two Grass Skimmer
issues for San Dieo interest (not the Ground Skimmer), a couple of Hang Glider
PPPS: Ken will be given whatever I have ...when I next retire from HG. He
received the lion's share of items when I first retired long ago. This second
period began in 2000 or so and has been gaining momentum, thanks to Art Bean,
Joe Greblo, and the Internet along with the special project related to the
research challenge stumbled upon in the GH-JD effort. Much work to be done yet.
I see in an early HGW a White (designer's last name) bow hang glider that has
not been mentioned; it might be revisited along with other bow HG interests. My
Omega Aircraft and Omega Hang Gliders manufacturing firm has been scratching up
a thermal with some designing that has effected some trial contraptions, one
family of which will spawn hundreds of wings; there is a return to the primitive
forms...more later; a touching of early dreams with the benefit of history to
inform. There is no actual going back; but there is an informed renewal of fun
ways to relate to wings. Markowski's Bible noted the Omega trade name for my