The challenge is that, if the wing comes up even slightly crooked,
you don't have space to accelerate before steering. It came up slightly
crooked. Always learning. 2nd time was a charm.
This was the first time I've flown at home in probably a month. For
whatever reason I've been flying the Hang Glider more, probably because
the airplane has been gone and the hang glider has free reign on the
hangar, making it accessible. Talk about lazy!
Love this little wing. Great handling, efficient, tiny. But it's not
that small, really, at 18 sq meters it's the same size as my Viper. It
just seems small. Of course I've felt the same way about my other
primary wing and another 18 I've flown, an Apco, and probably a half
dozen others. Manufacturers have figured out what makes them handle well
and a lot of different models are joys to fly. The next thing will be
making more out of the lightweight fabrics if they hold up well enough
to suit motor pilot needs.
There was nary a whiff of wind so the run was fun. Lickity split.
There is something weirdly satisfying about coaxing enough lift from the
wing while sprinting at full tilt, then skimming along, easing off
brakes, accelerating to climb speed then backing off the throttle to fly
Nope, not a lot of room to fix crooked.
That's how the wing came down, ready for folding. Oh
if only I could that by plan but, in this condition, with a very slight
tailwind, I'll confess it was pure luck. I cheated and landed with
power, killing it just before touchdown, and having an epic slide in the