U.S. Hang Gliding Pilots




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 Post subject: Chuck Slusarczyk
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Chuck Slusarczyk
Charles J. Slusarczyk

A most colorful guy and his family decorated the hang gliding renaissance with a large set of dreams, darings, contributions, generosities, and more. Early 1970s he extended his findings of self-soar flight via equity mentoring and Chuck's Glider Supplies (started 1972). He was an early "add engine" kind of guy culminating in CGS Hawk and more, ever contributing to others' flight dreams. Contributor to Low & Slow, early Otto member in Self-Soar Association. CGS morphed to CGS Aviation, Inc.

Youth to maturity: http://www.eaa.org/lightplaneworld/arti ... eb2000.pdf Youngster through maturity article with photos.

Starter here is not the beginning: http://www.cgsaviation.com/history.htm
We invite delving into his youth and first flights.

Part of his fullness saw induction in EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame:
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1999 - Chuck Slusarczyk: Slusarczyk of Broadview Heights, OH, is the designer of the CGS Hawk line of ultralight aircraft. As the President of CGS Aviation he has guided the company for over 20 years. Model airplane champion, hang gliding enthusiast, and airplane designer Chuck is one of the industry's most interesting and entertaining personalities.


An interview with Chuck by Jay ________: HERE

Patent: Powered Hang Glider with Reduction Drive
He would have some focus on using the Easy Riser for platform for some power explorations.
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Don't want to lose this found link that does mention Chuck on a biplane built with others. The link shows a "Hick's Family" glider that had one and one-only flight that I had not seen before. http://www.wainfan.com/jyw.htm

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Chuck's hang gliding roots:
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 Post subject: Re: Chuck Slusarczyk
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I just talked to Chuck a few days ago. He said all his planes are in museums now including the Easy Riser. Chuck had his own designs but secretly admitted to me that the Easy Riser was his favorite ( most hang glider like as compared to his enclosed cockpit planes) If readers don't know Chuck had a stroke several years back and has had to hang up his wings, except for models-he is a major contender in certain forms of indoor microfilm. One hang gliding note that is less covered is Chuck came to world attention first by creating a Harker World Cup single class glider called The Spitfire. It not only grossly out flew the other manufactures Harkers, it insulted the concept of Single Class. If you know Chuck, and you have a multi place aircraft, and are near Cleveland -take him up in the right seat and when no ones looking give him the stick-if he will stop cracking jokes! Make his day.
Another thing about Chuck that he is most remembered for is his narration of his hang glider blooper films-bring your oxygen bottle you'll need it! Some of that footage is from The First Lilienthal meet---at the Cleveland site!!! Yes the first Lilienthal meet was so big it had to be held at two sites-and Chuck has footage. Not much air time that day at Edgewater Park, so Chuck made a blooper film of it and added a comedic narrative. I'm still trying to get Chuck and Pixie to record the narrative and put the footage into the public domain.


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