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?
Topic by hedgiehog | last reply
I want to build a legit hanglider not one of those really sketchy home made ones i realize this is horribly dangerous but its something i have to do.
Question by TheKingsDuggie | last reply
I am very interested in buying a hang glider or paraglider. It seems to me that hang gliders are less expensive, but I am more concerned about the safety than I am about the price. Which do you recommend, a hang glider or a paraglider? And, which goes faster and farther? Thanks
Question by Technicolor | last reply
Hi, I fly a microlight, the trike of which fits nicely in my van (see link). The wing folds into a sausage shaped, zip-up bag, which can be carried on a roof-rack made by bolting a ladder to the roof of the van....but getting it up there is an issue. I can get help from a neighbour when I set out, but I am on my own at the airfield, when it comes to getting the wing down....and later putting it back up.I have wondered about a pulley system, a stepped system, a winch, etcanyone got any suggestions?http://tinworm-wings.blogspot.com/all help very much appreciated-Tinworm
Question by Tinworm | last reply
What cheap materials would be best for making the wing (the frame and wing skin) and the trike part? also, i must know about the balancing of the 2. at some point i'd like to add 2 extra (adjustable) propellers to aid in hovering. Any info directed towards achieving this is greatly desired. Pics and detailed schematics are greatly desired. I'd like to be up and flying within 2-3 months maybe 4 if not sooner. Thanks.
Question by freenergyfuture | last reply
When i say leading edge i mean a long piece of material to hold the leading edge in shape. I dont know how to mold somthing so big and i dont know what i could use that would be strong, lightweight, ridged, and reasonably cheep. ( The material has to be able to hold a curve shape. )
Question by aar0nc0le | last reply
For a while i've been studying, designing, and building hang gliders. To my great disapointment however, none of them have even glided. I am starting to think there are more things to consider than just center of gravity, balance, and the over all "lightness" of the craft. Are there more things i should consider? I have also pondered upon the idea to make a Ultralight Helicopter, or somthing along those lines. What are some things i need to consider beond what i've already mentioned?
Question by aar0nc0le | last reply
I have always wanted to construct an ultralight aircraft with this old rowboat I hooked up some shocks and wheels to, I even have the hang glider, I need a way to connect it while giving me the ability to steer properly.
Question by Zootch | last reply
I have built hang gliders but i am trying to venture into the realm of paragliding all i want is a basic almost more of a parachute just to make short decent flights in sand dunes national park. Is there anybody out there that could send me the dimensions of thier paraglider I weigh 130 pounds if its bigger i could scale it down. I need the height of each cell, the length of each line the lenghth of the canopy and the width at the center and the ends of the canopy. if you could do this or direct me to a place that i could that would help alot. Thanks, Your creator
Topic by buildingteen
I am a hang glider pilot and like to take videos during flights. I would like to add narration and the back and forth communication with my chase driver as part of that. I have a headset in my helmet that is wired to a ham radio for that communication. The jack to the helmet is a three conductor, 1/8" jack that goes to the earphones, microphone and a common ground. There is a push to talk switch that trips the radio to transmit which is between the helmet and the radio. What I would like to be able to do is put a jack/splitter inline with the existing jack to then go into the mic jack on a voice recorder to get three things; Radio audio (receive), Radio audio (transmit) and me just talking into the headset mic - Narration.Not sure how well I am explaining this and I could just experiment, but I am thinking it's not as simple as just wiring stuff together. I'm good with a soldering iron, but no EE by a long stretch. Any thoughts? Thanks
Question by hang4 | last reply
When you film with a good video camera, you can usually see what you are filming by looking at the LCD / viewfinder... but I have bought one of those very cool, tiny cameras that cost about £10, can be bought on eBay and which come from Hong Kong But in return for being tiny, it does not have any kind of viewfinder. I bought mine to experiment with fixing it to my hang glider/microlight to film flights. I figure I can, by trial and error, work out what the actual field of view/ frame is but I'd much prefer to be able to set up my camera with a monitor of some kind (perhaps using my mobile phone camera?) Better still, I would like to be able to monitor the camera all through the flight (perhaps be able to move the mount remotely?) Is there a simple method for achieving this or do I need to do electronics?
Topic by Tinworm | last reply
Im building a power harness for my hang glider, the project is very near completion, my brushless out runners require 44 to 48 volts. I am using two sets of 22v 6s in series, but the weight of two large 6s batteries banks is significant , what would be the potential to create this step up converter and what are the down side of designing dc to dc step up converter into my power system. My hope to eliminate the in series battery ( double battery weight ) set up. I suspect loss of amps or total run time ? what about problems with electronics heat in the circuit, issues with ticky speed controllers, or the out runners , how will they be effected , or will these components work normally in a step up voltage / current as compared batteries in series. ( which is working beautifully ) I guess volts are volts, it just sounds to good to be true , double volts and less battery weight Any and all qualified opinion and advice is appreciated. Thanks Jeff
Question by JeffR135 | last reply
Hello Instructables I am a professional aerospace engineer who homebuilds aircraft in my garage when not doing so for work. I live and work at the Mojave Airport which is a hotbed for aircraft homebuilding stretching all the way back to the 80's. The experimental aircraft community does not have anything like what you all are doing on this website. When I found your site the first thought was that I had finally found the place to talk about buillding airplanes. But I see no such topics on the site. While fundamentally I assume the problem is only that the channel has not yet been created or there is a liability problem, I wonder if there isn't more to it. Is the thought of designing and building and flying your own airplane not as awesome for others as it is for those of us who live in Mojave? Is there something that can be done to make this exciting world more exciting to people (like yourselves) who take such pride and make such investments in doing cool stuff in your garages? Elliot Seguin Wasabi Air Racing Nemesis Air Racing Scaled Composites
Question by ElliotSeguin | last reply
Here's a site with the inspiring article: http://www.cnet.com/news/fast-fixie-bicycle-with-giant-chainring-aims-for-100-mph/ Anyways, I want one. First of all I would suppose I'd need a pattern. What program would you suggest I used to make a pattern? A solid circle of metal with teeth on it will do. I'm thinking of gluing a pattern to a piece of metal, cutting it out as best I can with a grinder then going bike to clean it up with a tungsten carbdide dremel bit. I gues it could be a few thinner sheets of metal that could be spot welded together. I dont have any tech shops/idea foundries in my town. I say that because I'm wondering could I just create some type of file that a mill machine could read and cut it out for me? I have a couple different reasons for wanting a larger cog, the practical one being I want a cog large enough that the pedals would be moving around very slowly so you could just shift your weiht back and forth, more falling with your body weight than pedaling. The 2nd reason, more lofty and long term goalish is if you can get this much power from a bike, to propel it 100 mph, it just seems reasonable that a human powered aircraft is within reach, as in attatch a hang glider to a bike and have the pedaling able power a propeller once airborne. Anyways, how would you go about making a giant cog?
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