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Flying man prank: Viral human catapult video is actually an advertisement
Thanks to Glen Volk who tracked this down.
118 KM without circling. 115 KM without circling. 80 KM without circling.
197. 2 km/h
Flew more than 1000km in under 5 hours, returning to takeoff (cancels out wind factors).
Knut Ryerson <<krryerson>> writes:
Flew at Woodstock, Virginia on Thursday. Tom McGovern and I flew up to Strasburg and than flew 45 miles down to Massanutten. Conditions were not suitable for crossing over the mountain this time, but great for staying on the ridge line.
It was a late day flight and we landed around 7:00 pm. Incredible high number of eagles and hawks on the ridge.
Sunny Jim writes:
Next video will be: "Suprone Harness Considerations, Part 3". Followed by a complete flight report of the new harness I will call, "suprone specific harness / flight test". I am going to test fly it at Dog Mtn. first and if all goes well I will be taking the new harness and the Fenison FlyBar to Chelan to see how the entire set up handles big air.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/mIa4Zft6pVg
Frank Colver: https://vimeo.com/275026416
I've developed, in conjunction with High Energy Sports Inc., a new style hang glider swing seat harness. After the first testing I made some changes and this video shows some flights with the new harness at Dockweiler Beach, CA.
In the early years of modern sport hang gliding basic swing seats were used for most of the flying. But as the sport advanced, the use of prone position harnesses became the standard method for pilot position in hang gliding. I always liked the seated position better and flew that way all through the 1970's. Now I'm working on a return to that original method with some modern designs for the seat itself and a set of aluminum bars to adapt the glider's control bar to the seated position in gliders already rigged for prone flying.
Sunny Jim writes:
Frank Colver is re-inventing the seated Position for hang gliding. The advantages of "seated adapter bars" as opposed to what we did in the good old days is this. Better flare authority, increased speed potential, and no rigging changes to a glider rigged for the prone position. The base tube remains far forward so the speed potential is increased as opposed to the "rigging changes" we performed in the good old days by moving the control frame rearward. Frank is also developing a new swing seat harness in conjunction with High Energy Sports.
Of course, we've been using various versions of adapter bars for seated flying for quite a while now.