Francis M. Rogallo and his wife Gertrude researched flexible controllable fabric airfoils with a delta, V-shaped, configuration for use on inexpensive private aircraft. They were issued a flex-wing patent and refined their designs. Development of Rogallo wings, used by U.S. Moyes, Inc. substantially broadened the flexible airfoil technology base which originated from NASA's reentry parachute. The Rogallo technology, particularly the airfoil frame was incorporated in the design of a kite by John Dickenson. The Dickenson kite served as prototype for the Australian Moyes line of hang gliders. Company no longer exists.
Phillips, W. H.
A theoretical analysis of the longitudinal and lateral characteristics of hang gliders in straight flight, pullups, and turns is presented. Some examples of the characteristics of a straight-wing configuration and a Rogallo-wing configuration are given. A means for improving the control of hang gliders while retaining the same basic control feel is proposed.
Campbell, D C; Nano, T; Pegg, S P
High-voltage electrical injury has been well documented in a number of situations, such as the occupational hazard of linesmen and construction workers, and in the context of overhead railway power lines. Two cases of hang-glider pilots contacting 11,000-volt power lines have recently been treated in the Royal Brisbane Hospital Burns Unit. They demonstrate an interesting pattern of injury, not described in current burns literature, involving both hand and lower abdominal burns. Both patients sustained full-thickness patches of burn injury, with underlying muscle damage and peripheral neurological injury. This distribution of injury seems to be closely related to the design of the hang glider.
Jones, R. T.
Longitudinal control of a hang glider by weight shift is not always adequate for recovery from a vertical dive. According to Lanchester's phugoid theory, recovery from rest to horizontal flight ought to be possible within a distance equal to three times the height of fall needed to acquire level flight velocity. A hang glider, having a wing loading of 5 kg sq m and capable of developing a lift coefficient of 1.0, should recover to horizontal flight within a vertical distance of about 12 m. The minimum recovery distance can be closely approached if the glider is equipped with a small all-moveable tail surface having sufficient upward deflection.
Full Text Available This paper shows, how the most important parameters of a two-body system like a hang-glider, can be identified. The first step is to develop a simulation program with an acceptable reality model. Such a model involves a lot of constants. I carried out an investigation of sensitivity ir; order to select the constants that are the most important to specify. The results show that the aerodynamic constant cmq has the most significant effect on a phygoidal oscillation. I have developed an identification program and a measuring system to determine the real value of this constant as well as the hang-glider's other aerodynamical and stability parameters.
This paper shows, how the most important parameters of a two-body system like a hang-glider, can be identified. The first step is to develop a simulation program with an acceptable reality model. Such a model involves a lot of constants. I carried out an investigation of sensitivity ir; order to select the constants that are the most important to specify. The results show that the aerodynamic constant cmq has the most significant effect on a phygoidal oscillation. I have developed an identif...
Kilkenny, E. A.
A mobile experimental test facility has been developed to carry out the aerodynamic evaluation of hang glider wings normally performed in a wind tunnel. Longitudinal aerodynamic data obtained using this facility is presented for three modern hang glider wings, a Silhouette, Demon 175 and Magic 166, together with surface flow patterns for the latter two wings. The longitudinal stability criterion are studied and alternatives established, equivalent to the stick fixed an...
Wolf, J. S.
The problem of the lateral controllability of the hang glider by the pilot's weight shift was considered. The influence of the span and the torsional elasticity of the wing was determined. It was stated that an ultralight elastic wing of a new kind was most suitable for good control. The wing also has other advantageous properties.
Hozumi, Koki; KOMODA, Masaki; Ono, Takatsugu; TSUKANO, Yukichi; 穂積, 弘毅; 古茂田, 真幸; 小野, 孝次; 塚野, 雄吉
In order to investigate longitudinal force and moment characteristics of a hang-glider-wing, ground run tests were conducted using a test vehicle. A hang-glider-wing was installed on a test vehicle using a six-components-balance for wind tunnel use. Aerodynamic force and moment were measrued during the vehicle run at various constant speeds. Geometrical twist distribution along the wing span was recorded as well. Measured force and moment data were corrected for possible ground effect and upw...
Harsch, Viktor; Kriebel, Juergen
Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger (1770-1829), known as the "Flying Tailor of Ulm", started with flight experiments in Ulm, Germany, in the early 19th century. He gained experience in downhill gliding with a maneuverable airworthy semi-rigid hang-glider and then attempted to cross the Danube River at Ulm's Eagle's Bastion on the 31st of May 1811. The tricky local winds caused him to crash and he was rescued by fishermen, making him the first survivor of a water immersion accident of a heavier-than-air manned "flight machine". Though he failed in his attempt to be the first man to fly, Berblinger can be regarded as one of the significant aviation pioneers who applied the "heavier than air" principle and paved the way for the more effective glide-flights of Otto Lilienthal (1891) and the Wright Brothers (1902). Less known are Berblinger's significant contributions to the construction of artificial limbs for medical use, as well as the spring-application in aviation. His invention of a special mechanical joint was also used for the juncture of the wings of his "flying machine". Because of his worthwhile contributions to medicine and flight, in 1993 the German Academy of Aviation Medicine named an annual award for young scientists in the field of aerospace medicine in his honor.
Gennari, M; Lombardo, C
The Act. n. 106 of 25th March 1985 had defined the specifications of the particular aircraft designed for hobby or sport flying as is the hang-glider. It has also provided for the issue, within six months, of special regulations aimed at "checking the psycho-physical fitness required in handling" such aircraft in additions to the technical knowledge and the information about traffic, safety, insurance regulations relevant to the matter. However, the patent default of the legislator causes the protection of hobby and sport practice of hang-gliding to be either wholly inadequate or ruled by ambiguous regulations. If, instead, the present law in force is referred to, it is deemed that--while waiting for the regulations provided for by n. 106 Act.--the Aereo Club of Italy may define as "agonistic" the practice of "hobby or sport flight" so that the checking of the "specific" fitness required by such sport comes into operation in compliance with the State Decree of 18th February 1982.
Hang gliding is growing rapidly. Free Flight produces 1,000 gliders a month and other companies are entering the field. Wing is simple to control, pulling back on control bar allows you to pick up speed and at the same time lowers your altitude. Pushing forward slows your speed and levels you off. Birdmen can choose from prone, upright or swing seat harnesses in either kits or ready-to-fly gliders.
Kaufmann, Robert B.
Outdoor education should educate people in, about, and for the out-of-doors, regardless of age or activity setting, and must document the effects technology has had on leisure as well as on outdoor education. (Author/MH)
Nolan, Rodney S.
On the high speed, info-centric, dispersed battlefield of the future, information dominance will require increased small unit battlefield mobility. The trend of the future will be towards smaller units responsible for scouting, securing, and shaping the battlefield prior to a larger, heavier force being injected at the crucial time and place to decisively engage the enemy. This light scouting, shaping force has a need for some type of vehicle to provide battlefield mobility, insert, extract, ...
The flight mechanic computations were computed, providing both the flight envelopes with all sorts of limits and a fairly precise idea of the influence of several parameters, such as pilot's weight, wing settings, aeroelasticity, etc... The particular problem of luffing dives was thoroughly analyzed, and two kinds of causes were exhibited in both the rules of luffing and aeroelastic effects. The general analysis of longitudinal stability showed a strong link with fabric tension, as expected through Nielsen's and Twaites' theory. Fabric tension strongly depending upon aeroelasticity, that parameter was found to be the most effective design one for positive stability. Lateral stability was found to be very similar in all gliders except perhaps the cylindro-conical. The loss of stability happens in roll at low angle of attack, whereas it happens in yaw at high angle. Turning performance was a bit suprising, with a common maximum value of approximately 55 deg of bank angle for a steady turn.
Kroo, I. M.
One-fifth-scale models of three basic ultralight glider designs were constructed to simulate the elastic properties of full scale gliders and were tested at Reynolds numbers close to full scale values. Twenty-four minor modifications were made to the basic configurations in order to evaluate the effects of twist, reflex, dihedral, and various stability enhancement devices. Longitudinal and lateral data were obtained at several speeds through an angle of attack range of -30 deg to +45 deg with sideslip angles of up to 20 deg. The importance of vertical center of gravity displacement is discussed. Lateral data indicate that effective dihedral is lost at low angles of attack for nearly all of the configurations tested. Drag data suggest that lift-dependent viscous drag is a large part of the glider's total drag as is expected for thin, cambered sections at these relatively low Reynolds numbers.
Full Text Available In this article the comparative economic-mathematical analysis of size of profit per a flight hour on use at the avia- tion-chemical works (ACW of two types of super light aircraft X-32 “Bekas” and a glider MD-50S which are widely used when cultivating farmland nowadays. The list of indicators which are used while carrying out the comparative technical and economic analysis of considered ultralights is given at the beginning of the article. Further their numerical values nec- essary for computations are given. The mathematical formula for calculation with use of the given data of profit on carrying out ACW with use of the considered models of the aircraft equipment is presented. Values of profit are calculated by means of the tabular Microsoft Excel editor for various values of cultivated farmland length and distance of approach from airfield to the cultivated plot. The applied values of cultivated farmland length lie in the range from 0.5 to 10 kilometers, and ap-proach distances vary from 0.5 to 2 kilometers respectively. Calculations are executed for each of two compared ultralights and results are given in a tabular form respectively. On the basis of the analysis of the obtained tabular data conclusions are drawn under what values of input and variables in the form of farmland length and distance of approach profit margin for each of two ultralights will be larger or smaller in comparison with each other. In the final part of article total conclusions about the most preferable ultralight of two compared for operation in fields of various configuration during ACW are drawn. At the end recommendations to the aviation enterprises about application of the most expedient option of ultralight for obtaining bigger profit margin on carrying out ACW.
military aircraft; • Antonov Kiev Engineering Plant, producing cargo, multipurpose, and passenger airplanes as well as gliders and hang gliders ; • Lvov...electrical generation system hardware for An–70s and An–140s.202 Ukraine also produces ultra- light aircraft such as ultra-light planes, hang gliders ...motorized hang gliders , and paragliders, which it exports mostly to Australia, France, New Zealand, the UK, and the United States. In addition, Ukrainian
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Yoshida, Hiroaki; Yamaguchi, Katsuhito; Ishikawa, Yoshio
Conventional optimization methods are based on a deterministic approach since their purpose is to find out an exact solution. However, such methods have initial condition dependence and the risk of falling into local solution. In this paper, we propose a new optimization method based on the concept of path integrals used in quantum mechanics. The method obtains a solution as an expected value (stochastic average) using a stochastic process. The advantages of this method are that it is not affected by initial conditions and does not require techniques based on experiences. We applied the new optimization method to a hang glider design. In this problem, both the hang glider design and its flight trajectory were optimized. The numerical calculation results prove that performance of the method is sufficient for practical use.
Yoshida, Hiroaki; Yamaguchi, Katsuhito; Ishikawa, Yoshio
The conventional optimization methods were based on a deterministic approach, since their purpose is to find out an exact solution. However, these methods have initial condition dependence and risk of falling into local solution. In this paper, we propose a new optimization method based on a concept of path integral method used in quantum mechanics. The method obtains a solutions as an expected value (stochastic average) using a stochastic process. The advantages of this method are not to be affected by initial conditions and not to need techniques based on experiences. We applied the new optimization method to a design of the hang glider. In this problem, not only the hang glider design but also its flight trajectory were optimized. The numerical calculation results showed that the method has a sufficient performance.
Jones, R. T.
Gust load calculations are extended to the range of conditions encountered by ultralight aircraft such as hang gliders. Having wing loadings of the order of 5 kg/sq m, these gliders acquire a substantial fraction of the motion of a gust within a distance of 1 or 2 m. Comparative loads and displacements for a small powered airplane having a wing loading of 50 kg sq m and for a commercial jet with 500 kg sq m are shown.
The heating of a hang-glider museum on the Rhoen mountains (950 m) is technically feasable and even economic. The investment will pay out within 15-19 years. The heat demand of the museum of maximally 120 KW will be optimized by a 120 KW WECS in combination with a 2-days-heat-storage. So 60% of the yearly heat demand can be covered.
This thesis reports on the aerodynamic and structural study carried out on flapping wings and flapping vehicles. Theoretical and experimental investigation of aerodynamic forces acting on flapping wings in simple harmonic oscillations is undertaken in order to help conduct and optimize the aerodynamic and structural design of flapping wing vehicles. The research is focused on the large scale ornithopter design of similar size and configuration to a hang glider. By means of Theodorsen’s th...
Mcmasters, J. H.
As presently envisioned, the ultralight sailplane is intermediate in size, cost and performance between current hang gliders and the lower end of the traditional sailplane spectrum. In the design of an ultralight sailplane, safety, low cost, and operational simplicity were emphasized at the expense of absolute performance. An overview of the design requirements for an ultralight sailplane is presented. It was concluded that by a judicious combination of the technologies of hang gliding, human powered flight, conventional soaring and motor gliding, an operationally and economically viable class of ultralight, self-launching sailplanes can be developed.
Larrabee, E. E.
A method was developed for the design of propellers of minimum induced loss matched to an arbitrary operating point characterized by disc loading (thrust or power), air density, shaft speed, flight speed, and number of blades. A consistent procedure is outlined to predict the performance of these propellers under off design conditions, or to predict the performance of propellers of general geometry. The examples discussed include a man powered airplane, a hang glider with a 7.5 kW (10 hp) 8,000 rpm engine, and an airplane-like motorsoarer.
Hozumi, Koki; 穂積, 弘毅
In an aerodynamic experiment with a hang glider wing mounted on a running automobile, it is necessasry to correct the effects of the up-wash flow field induced by the automobile itself since they significantly deteriorate the measurement accuracy. Streamlines around an automobile model were observed in a three-dimensional smoke wind tunnel. The up-wash distribution was estimated from the shape of the streamlines. The measured up-wash distribution was found to be well approximated by that of a...
Hewett, Lionel D.
Dr. Hewett has received both national and international awards from the hang gliding community for his contributions to the safety of towing hang gliders. These contributions were a consequence of his applying his knowledge of physics to the sport of hang gliding. This lecture illustrates how these and other applications of the fundamental principles of physics have influenced the historical evolutions of hang gliding and paragliding from the earliest flights of Otto Lilienthal in 1891 through the more recent record breaking flights of more than 430 miles from Zapata Texas.
Yoshida, Hiroaki; Yamaguchi, Katsuhito; Ishikawa, Yoshio
We proposed the new optimization method based on stochastic process. The characteristics of this method are to obtain the approximate solution of the optimum solution as an expected value. In numerical calculation, a kind of Monte Carlo method is used to obtain the solution because of stochastic process. Then, it can obtain the probability distribution of the design variable because it is generated in the probability that design variables were in proportion to the evaluation function value. This probability distribution shows the influence of design variables on the evaluation function value. This probability distribution is the information which is very useful for the system design. In this paper, it is shown the proposed method is useful for not only the optimization but also the system design. The flight trajectory optimization problem for the hang-glider is shown as an example of the numerical calculation.
Vorobets, Ya B.; Gal'perin, G. A.; Stepin, Anatolii M.
CONTENTSIntroduction §1. Billiard trajectories in a plane domain §2. Fagnano's problem. Mechanical interpretations of periodic trajectories in triangles §3. An extremal property of billiard trajectories. Birkhoff's theorem. The non-existence of a unified construction of periodic trajectories in obtuse triangles §4. 'Perpendicular' trajectories in obtuse triangles of special shape §5. 'Perpendicular' trajectories in rational polygons and polyhedra §6. Stable trajectories §7. Stable perpendicular trajectories §8. Isolated trajectories §9. Isolated trajectories in acute and obtuse triangles. The bifurcation diagram of isolated trajectories (a 'hang-glider' configuration) §10. The density of F-triangles in a neighbourhood of (0, 0) §11. Generalization of the construction of isolated trajectories in obtuse triangles §12. Stable and unstable billiard trajectories in plane Weyl chambers §13. A criterion for the stability of periodic trajectories in a regular hexagonConclusionReferences
Krissoff, W B
In a period extending from July 1973 to December 1975, seven fatal hang glider accidents were recorded in Colorado, all among experienced pilots. In addition, 11 serious nonfatal injuries were reported, which may represent only a fraction of those occurring. Accidents were noted to be multifactorial, caused by (1) pilot error, (2) equipment failure, (3) terrain hazards, and (4) possible design shortcomings. Accidents can be expected to decline in frequency with improved pilot training programs, grading and regulation of sites, and standardized safety clothing. No doubt over time, the less safe standard Rogallo wing will be replaced by the more stable Superkites and controlled collapsibles, which offer a higher safety margin. In the last analysis, this sport will remain a popular yet high risk endeavor (Figs. 2 through 5).
Мамчур, В. А.; Зінченко, В. О.; Мамчур, М. В.; Mamchur, V.; Zinchenko, V.; Mamchur, M.
The paper highlights the substantiation of possible ways of improving the design of the motorized hang-glider and a sprayer with the aim of improving the quality of their work. It has been proved that under the rate of the fuel tank discharge (pesticide with biostimulator) amounting to 5 litres per hectare the diameter of the outlet in the suggested mixed sprayers must be 1.8 mm. Обґрунтовано можливі напрямки удосконалення конструкції мотодельтаплану і обприскувача до нього з метою покраще...
STS-114 Mission Specialists, Andy Thomas and Steve Robinson, are seen in this pre-flight interview. Andy Thomas begins by talking about his interest in spaceflight as a young boy growing up in Australia. He expresses that the chances of an Australian boy studying to eventually become an astronaut was very remote. His Mechanical Engineering Degree in Australia and a Doctorate enabled him to acquire unique skills to come to the United States to work for Lockheed Martin. On the topic of return to flight, he reflects on experiences that he had working with the Michael Anderson and Kalpana Chawla of the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia. He also talks about the safety of the Space Shuttle Discovery and repairs to its Thermal Protection system. He explains in detail the Logistics Flight (LF) 1, spacewalks, Multipurpose Logistics Module (MPLM) and the External Stowage Platform (ESP)-2. Steve Robinson expresses that he had many interests as a child and becoming an astronaut was one of them. He was fascinated with things that fly and wanted to find out how they flew. He also designed hang gliders as a teenager. He expresses how his family feels about the risky business of spaceflight. He talks about how the space shuttle discovery crew will remember the Columbia crew by including seven stars on their patch so that they can bring them into orbit and then back home. Robinson also talks about his primary job, and the spacewalks that he and Soichi Noguchi will be performing.
Dunkel, Z.; Szenyán, I. G.
The surface temperature measured by satellite can be the basis of evapotranspiration (ET) computation. The possibility of calculation of daily sum of the regional ET using surface temperature was examined under Hungarian weather conditions. A simplified relationship, namely ETd-Rnd = a + b (Tc-Ta), which relates the daily ET to daily net radiation with one measurements of surface and air temperature was used for the calculation. Using NOAA/AVHRR satellite data, no information about the surface inhomogeneity was obtained. The distribution of surface temperature was investigated by infrared thermometer scanning the surface from a board a hang-glider, ultra-light-aeroplane, and light aeroplane. Field observation trials were made during the vegetation period of 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. In eastern part of the country a homogeneous field (1 km × 1 km) was scanned before noon and afternoon. In the western part of the country, a much larger area (45 km × 45 km) was investigated. Cultivated area, forest and a large water surface were included in the investigated surface. The problems of calibration of hand-held infrared thermometer and the time shifting are discussed too. Comparison of model output with data from field experiment has played a crucial role in model development and suggested evaluation method
Ast, F W; Kernbach-Wighton, G; Kampmann, H; Koops, E; Püschel, K; Tröger, H D; Kleemann, W J
So far no national or regional studies have been published in Germany regarding the number of fatal aviation accidents and results of autopsy findings. Therefore, we evaluated all fatal aviation accidents occurring in Lower Saxony from 1979 to 1996. A total of 96 aviation accidents occurred in this period involving 73 aeroplanes. The crashes resulted in the death of 154 people ranging in age from 19 to 68 years. The greatest number of victims in a single crash of an aircraft was (n=7). Other types of fatal accidents were crashes of aircraft and helicopter while on the ground (n=5), hot-air balloons (n=2), parachutes (n=10), hang glider accidents (n=5) and the striking of a bystander by a model airplane. Autopsies were performed on 68 of the 154 victims (44.2%), including 39 of the 73 pilots (53.4%). Some of the autopsies yielded findings relevant to the cause of the accident: gunshot wounds, the presence of alcohol or drugs in blood and preexisting diseases. Our findings emphasize the need for autopsy on all aviation accident victims, especially pilots, as this is the only reliable method to uncover all factors contributing to an accident.
Dunkel, Zoltan; Grob-Szenyán, Ildiko
The surface temperature measured by satellite can be the basis of evapotranspiration (ET) computation. The possibility of the daily sum of the regional ET using surface temperature was examined under Hungarian weather conditions. A simplified relationship, namely ET d-R nd= a+ b( Tc- Ta), which relates the daily ET to daily net radiation with one measurements of surface and air temperature was used for the calculation. Using NOAA AVHRR satellite data, no information about the surface inhomogeneity was obtained. The distribution of surface temperature was investigated by infrared thermometer scanning the surface from a board a hang-glider, ultra-light-aeroplane, and light aeroplane. Field observations trials were made during the vegetation period of 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. In eastern part of the country a homogeneous field ( 1 km×1 km) and a larger, and relatively homogeneous area was scanned, before noon and afternoon. In the western part of the country, a much larger area ( 45 km×45 km) was investigated. Cultivated area, forest and a large water surface were included in the investigated surface. The problems of calibration of hand-held infrared thermometer and the time shifting are discussed. Comparison of model output with data from field experiment has played a crucial role in model development and suggested an evaluation method.