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Hang glider Answered

I'm thinking about building a hang glider, just for low altitude ( nothing more than 30-0 feet) but i have no experience, any suggestions for building?


dont do it without any experience. this is one life we are talking.

My advice; you should totally do it! Don't attach it to anything with a motor, or jump off anything taller than a few feet. There is a very high probability that you will get hurt, maybe even break an arm or something, but you will probably not get high enough to kill yourself. It is not unrealistic for a hang-glider made from trash bags, duct-tape, and wood to get you a few feet off the ground before it falls apart, or you realize how unstable it is and crash or chicken out. Either way it is much more worth doing than sitting around playing video games. Wear a helmet (of course) and pads, or at least duct-tape a pillow to your chest and back. Make sure you bring a friend to shoot a video to reference when you are telling the story to your grand-children.

If you get 4-5 feet off the ground, you will be a YouTube star; if you get more than 10 everyone will say you are an i###t (apparently that word is banned).

They banned the word "idiot" from YouTube?

I tried to post it with the word Idiot, and it gave me an error. Maybe it was something else...


3 years ago

I fly hang gliders, and while the look simple, they aren't.

Please don't do this if you intend on flying said wing... it is more than likely to kill you.

Please rethink your plans a little... I would look out of a second story window, and think of how bad it would hurt to fall from it. THAT is only 14 feet! You are braver than I if you aren't afraid to fall from 30ft. Maybe rent one first, or take some lessons just to get the "Hang" of it.


5 years ago

Loserima to own or fly a wing suit you need to have completed a minimum of 200 skydives.

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i think you should make a small model first and go from there

I've been working on a bamboo hang glider lately. It is pretty much made from the same design as a normal hang glider but made of cheeper materials. I am almost finished with a "instructable" on what i have been doing to make one; check it out.

Sadly, I have no ideas, but if you like hang gliding then you sgould read this book "The Maze" It's a great book and an easy read. :D

im 17 and have always playfully mused with the idea of flying or gliding (outside the security of a plane). my freshman yr i learned abt base jumping and have wanted to try it ever since. then abt a yr ago i was using stumble upon (thank god for stumble upon) and discovered wingsuits. the only problem is that everythings so damn expensive. thats why i decided to seriously evaluate the possibility of designing a glider and or wingsuit, thats how i ended up here. thoughts: safety zipline when testing (see shotty image). joshf was saying something abt an ultralight, what is this? does it use a motor? if so i was thinking weedwhip motors could serve as light yet powerfull motors. update ideas/ progress/ interested to see what you guys are thinking.

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8 years ago

Here you find something encouraging!
Be cautious do during the test fly,  first  on the bunnyhill.  
I am sure we must cultivate the diy possibility in the flying so it stays between us as common knowledge how to build a flyable machine and use it in the coming age as Lilienthal thought out and told in his book.  Z

My BS is in aerospace engineering, for whatever that's worth. When I was a junior one of the seniors was studying a certain effect discovered by the Wright brothers and nobody else. He built a hang glider to demonstrate the effect. I was the department photographer and spent a lot of time with him. I was there when his hang glider crashed. Fortunately he was expecting it and never got even 5 feet high with it. I would suggest if you have no experience that you start hanging out with people who do. Talk to everyone and find the people who make the most sense. A lot of people died in their "kites" both before and after the Wright brothers flew. Those guys were not geniuses, but they were dedicated researchers. They did discover (or correct) and document a lot of things that were never known about flight before. They also kept a lot of secrets to make their airplanes more desirable to fly. Find everything you can find that they wrote. If you don't understand what they wrote, find someone to ask.


10 years ago

i was also considering building either a hang glider or an ultralight some time in the future, but i decided i needed much more (read: any) training in one or both before i could even think about building one. if you know how to hang glide well, though, my advice would be to find some pre-made plans to either copy or use as a basis for your ideas. a google search would probably yield the best results, though for the best plans they may require you to pay, which is no fun. but usually that means they are tested and are legit, and safety is of the utmost importance when you're building any sort of transporting structure.