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January 2009

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!

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

Hang Glider Weekly was publisher  of some key facts on the innovative company Seedwings with 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 VG. The 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 Colony.      Note: For safety, each method calls for a mastery of parts and operational arts. 


Scooter Tow Manual    A written manual, with photographs, describing and illustrating the Blue Sky Scooter Towing Method.   by Mike Meier and Steve Wendt   (PDF 1.6M)
Some tow groups:
Scooter Tow Video     A streaming video that complements and illustrates the written manual.
Featuring Steve Wendt and Produced by Ryan Voight
Equipment List   A list of required Scooter Tow equipment, with suggested sources.   (PDF 7k)

Also general link:      ScooterTowing

Hollister Tow Pattern   A diagram of a flight pattern layout for a scooter or winch tow instructional program, provided courtesy of Mission Soaring, Milpitas, CA.  (PDF 328k)
Hang Gliding - Winch Towing System
Paraglider Towing UAE
Paraglider Truck Towing
Paraglider Towing Incident     "The tow rope was across a small rise causing it to contract after leaving the ground, jerking the pilot forward into a full stall."


Reel Pilots
Kite Enterprises
Tow Me Up

1-800-BIG FALL
Dave Broyles © 1991

Remote control hang glider towing aircraft - Patent 4248394

Scooter Tow by Rob Kells  (RIP)
Platform Launch System
Gyro Hang Glider Tow  with Hexahedron Control Frame  HexCF
Ultralight Tow plane or Tug
Moyes-Bailey Dragonfly
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 ]

Masters of Disaster is about advanced towing techniques or the avoidance thereof
> Articles
Scooter towing Lillestrøm
This film is a presentation on how scooter towing can be used for students. Size 12.5 mb
> Many HG videos
Orthopter or ornithopter   ...either...
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.                                                     Editor@UpperWindpower.com
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)     Editor@UpperWindpower.com
Raft landing and aero
Red Bull Speed Runs  RBSR2ndyr   RBSR2generalcollector
MOYES CARBON FIBRE TIP WANDS   Thursday, May 01, 2008
SIDE WIRES    Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Technical Advisories at Moyes
Motorglider (wiki).
UIUC   Low-Speed Airfoil Tests at University of Illinois Reynolds number <500,000
Development of the Swift        Swift "Reynolds number range of 700,000 to 2,000,000."
Pulley use, breakaways, weak links, stationary winch, scooter tow, tension gauges, reel challenges, line protection challenges, marking operation space, protection operators and users and public, retrieval of line, DragonFly DF
Payout winch, on a trailer hitch receiver:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lpvmsmIU50

Payout winch launches a hang glider -check the line available,
on that reel! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tIN-lXPXbA

Payout winch launches a sailplane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP8bVgG8xJc

These are some other ways to get HGs airborne (disregard the foot launching bit).

Quick 'n' dirty: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Airchairgroup/message/9984
Spectra tow line    ..general link
Dave Broyles Scooter Tow Q&A
Table of Contents of  Towing Aloft   by Dennis Pagen
Let friends tow your HG system up to altitude
Swing                          Arcus 6
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.
  • WWW
  • SWW
  • RWW
  • PWW
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) ...
Document: (Word)

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.

The following linked page has a note involving Art Bean: Inventory of John J. Montgomery Collection  "A Review of Facts Related to the John J. Montgomery 1911 "Evergreen" Gliders"    

NanoTrike share: David Frazer pics
Flying-Machine patent of 1908
Two sources for online use of the full book:
Jackman, W.J., Thomas H. Russell, and Octave Chanute .
Flying Machines: Construction and Operation

Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library

[2. Second source]

Captive balloon     ...actually a kite balloon or kytoon.   Filed for in 1910
Progress in Flying Machines 
by O. Chanute
By James Slough Zerbe, NetLibrary, Inc
Published by Project Gutenberg, 1915
Original from the New York Public Library
Digitized Apr 28, 2006
242 pages

Other sources of same book.

    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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_University    Northrop has been fully closed. 
What has happened to its library and museum holdings?
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?

Method: ???                                             Editor@UpperWindpower.com

thermal goggles?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApDkK8ERzxA
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.

1997 jump glide (I guess they did not know people were with similar kites jumping for paraglide flights off hills...):   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dqp3dv5-3g

2006 Baltic Sea  ...big hang time ...flat water launch

2007 longer glide from water launch:  kite long hang time



We honor the roles of these organizations:
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.
Imagine: Potential intersections of heliobeaming with hang gliding.
 Send your ideas about that to Editor@UpperWindpower.com   for all ...
Hang Glider setup tip - tension / detension     (short video)

After issue closed:

Towing weight-shift hang gliders has its challenges compared to towing 3-axis control hang gliders. Your essays on these matters are invited.
PPG tow PG ?
  • Idea put on the table by Mark Forbes:  slow trike and a constant-tension payout winch for towing PG?
  • mm:   "T'was a ppg trike with a small, on board payout winch to compensate for speed differences and add to safety."
  • Fredrik: "Using a kind og payout winch might be a good idea though."
Trike towing tandem SSHG tandem in thermic conditions
Technically challenging:  http://www.paratour.com/aerotow_paramotor.htm
ATOS VS and Truck Towing.....    mobile truck with payout winch.
ATOS VR Towing   ... mobile truck with payout winch. 
The TrikeBuggy Transformer has arrived!
 Le Minimum réalisé par Eric DOUCET
High Energy Sports
The flying "Heel Lift" - Arup S2 and S4 flying wings
April 2008 BMAA FLMTS   ....takes a step away ...


Master Powered Paragliding, the series 
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.
ElectraFlyer electric ultralight microlight trike      
     "Advantages" note here   Randall Fishman

"I’m now building the ElectraFlyer trike with a new feature: regenerative charging."
Article from early 2008 in four pages: 
Pages   1  2  3  4
- 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... ]

Tasmanian Electric Flying Trike - First Flight Tests  Dec. 24, 2008, perhaps first electric trike in Australia.  Dave and Al's Great Electric Trike Trial.   "Clear prop!"  "It works a treat..." "Big success today ..."              
World trike flike ?             Join the flike with    Khalil
[Ed: No link in this note. Khalil is planning ....]
Nil wind cliff launch
Al Waddill surfaces on January 10, 2009.  He will be posting notes. He had been nominated into LivingLegendLifters
AT of PG

Governable gliding limp high-wing-loaded glider shot to flaming ash ...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aerotowrelease/         Tad Eareckson  systems deserve study.
Bobby Bailey     .... Dragon Fly
ABS, DSQ, DNF, NYP :  Absent, Disqualified, Did not fly, Not yet processed,
Quad-wheeled Skycar bio-fueling ...     Gilo Cardozo, designer.
E-Lift  http://home.arcor.de/ul-minimum/index.html     Elektroantrieb für GS und HG

[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 virtually unaffordable.
  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 HP asked.

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.
Dental matters in hang gliding?   Your notes and stories are invited to Editor@UpperWindpower.com
Target: weak links that remain stable at specification during the entire tow.  Send your ideas: Editor@UpperWindpower.com
NZHGPA Hang Glider aerotow ratings
New section started Jan. 2, 2009 for a wiki:

Timeline for electric-powered foot-launched hang gliding

  • 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.[47]
  • c. 2001? Richard Kruger Sprengel electric drive for limp-wing hang glider (paraglider)[48]
  • 2005 June: Werner Eck began work on his electric drive for limp unstiffened hang gliders.
  • 2006, June 6: in Canada, Casaba Lemak [49] Limp-wing hang glider (unstiffened governable gliding wing which is currently called "paraglider") takes off flatland using electric motor.[50]
  • 2006, December 19: Prototype Electric-Paramotor from Helix-Carbon GmbH shows electric motor in the Coupe Icare in Saint Hilaire. [51]
  • 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).[52]
  • 2007 Razeebus Aircrafts [53]


NOTE: Either edit the wiki or send data to Editor@UpperWindpower.com for handling toward the wiki. Corrections, extensions ?

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.


The Florida Ridge GrayBird Airsports
Cowboy Up Lookout Mountain
Blue Sky Wallaby Ranch
Cloud 9 (Midwest Aerosports LLC
Highland Aerosports Torrey Pines
Chicago Boat Tow Comp 1974 - 1977 Hang Gliding

 Morning Glory of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia
http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/flugtag/flugtag_miami_2003.htm   What is that side line coming off the Platz?    Anyone?
Triple Pete
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 added]

http://tinyurl.com/May1963ParagliderPIWRogalloW    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 beam.
http://tinyurl.com/RidingPendulum   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.

See also: http://www.astronautix.com/craft/gemglide.htm

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-
tically at-hand."

Idea: Train tow 100s of hang gliders behind one tug; branch off as wanted for various niche purposes (recreation, peace, peace-keeping, agriculture, education, ...)

The Gemini Paraglider: A Failure of Scheduled Innovation, 1961-64, by Barton C. Hacker © 1992 Sage Publications, Ltd..


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 this paper.


See also:

Gemini   By David Shayler  (pages around 305 and following, perhaps other)

http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/oclc/47182052     May be in a library near you.

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 daunting.

Skynch  or eSkynch or e-Skynch or RC Skynch

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 propeller.

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 Still Needed!

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   #9,
and Vol. ?? February 84?? #96

Special thanks to David Lindberg for his donated issues!

Please repost this request to your local club list.

Ken de Russy

Deadstick Landing  
(in pure HG, we ever are in deadstick "engine-off" flying)


Regenerative Battery-Augmented Soaring   Paul B. MacCready
Autonomous Soaring for Improved Endurance of a Small
Uninhabited Air Vehicle
Experimental Soaring Association
2006 Western Workshop Schedule
lithium-ion cells that are grouped into modules
LG Chem
charge controllers
An inflatable wing using the principle of Tensairity
Joep Breuer and Wubbo Ockels
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Rolf H. Luchsinger
Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland


http://www.prospective-concepts.ch/html/site_en.htm ++++++++++++++
L/D of about 4 to 5   Superman  inflatable  ...less than 3m span
Morphing wings
Single blade propeller on top of glider for launch assist; full gear retracts for clean soaring.

VJ23   David Cook    and  David Cook flying VJ23E

Model electric flight beginnings ...
Hi Bart,
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

Michael A. Markowski, publisher, author, pilot, etc. has tab on many images. He remains active. EAA Hall of Fame.
Hang Gliders Bible
http://www.aeronauticalpublishers.com/Pages/about_us.htm  He is reachable by mail and phone.

Terry Sweeney


is still reachable. He might have hi-res images.

Wings of Rogallo … Jim Harris might have images.

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 http://HangGliderHistory.com

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,


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David Aldrich     http://www.designbydave.net/blog/
http://imageevent.com/aero92/gliders  Jonathan
January 19, 2009, note sent:

While researching today for an effort to help protect the trade name of Seedwings,
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, 1974==============================
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 professionally.

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 #36.
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 Business Newsletter.

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 address.  







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