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Re: Hang Glider Basic trainer thoughts

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:02 am

An update on the HG basic trainer project.

First I'll comment on the incredible number of views this subject has received. My guess is that some search engine is listing it under some version of "hang glider training". So , most of those views were probably from people searching for HG training sources (actually that's good news in itself) not people interested in a new design to make training easier.

Now for the update: After the successful test glides of the scale model the project has been in limbo for several reasons, including my being busy with other things. Also I haven't received a reply from WW on my request to buy some components from them. And, a big holdup is that I don't have enough room in my shop to spread out a full size hang glider. I can make parts but not construct the glider from those parts, in the space I have. The other thing is getting someone with the talent and capability to commit to making the sail for me. I would prefer WW for that since I will use Condor 330 rib battens and Steve P already has experience with that high camber and maybe even some software from the Condor that could help with the sail design.

So, there it is folks. I encourage anyone who thinks this design is a good thing, to step up to the plate, if there is something they can do to help this project along. I can cover the financing, that's not a problem.

This is an open source project, I do not intend to have any commercial interest or financial gain. It would be nice to get credit for the design ideas, if someone does pick it up eventually.

Frank Colver

BTW - Andy Beem has already committed to being the Dockweiler test pilot if it ever gets built. Thank you Andy!
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Re: Hang Glider Basic trainer thoughts

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:23 am

Frank Colver wrote:BTW - Andy Beem has already committed to being the Dockweiler test pilot if it ever gets built. Thank you Andy!


I don't think you'll ever need to worry about test pilots ... at least not at Dockweiler. :salute:
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