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Easy Flyer ... item by Wills Wing

Postby JoeF » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:37 pm

Easy Flyer
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https://www.willswing.com/wills-wing-easy-flyer/
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Re: Easy Flyer ... item by Wills Wing

Postby Rick Masters » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:15 am

One of the tenets of safe weight-shift rogallo launching is pitch and roll control during the takeoff run.
It may not be a good idea to train novices on rogallos in the absence of that...
Both the seated 3-axis Goat, with its center wheel, and the suprone weight-shift Fenson, and all prone hang gliders - have pitch and roll control during takeoff.
It's a critical requirement.
Maybe they'll build some limited pitch and roll into future prototypes of this atrocious thing.
If not, this ridiculous kludge might prove to be a disaster at gusty launch sites
or even the mellowest of launch sites when a thermal rolls through.
Landing in turbulence, gusts, cross or strong winds with locked pitch and roll at touch-down, I don't even want to think about.
Yeah, I know. It's not meant to fly in those conditions.
But those conditions seem to happen from time to time, when you least expect it.
Watching people launch, fly and land this monstrosity makes me uncomfortable.

My feeling is, if you want to put wheels on a wing to roll it off a hill, you should use 3-axis control.
And when they knick-name this thing, it's gonna be called the "Ankle Buster."
I won't even get into aerodynamics or FAR 103.

But how about aesthetics?     :wtf:
It looks like it was hammered together in a garage overnight with spare parts from other projects that happened to be laying around.
It just doesn't seem to be worthy of the Wills Wing name at this stage of "refinement."
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Re: Easy Flyer ... item by Wills Wing

Postby JoeF » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:17 pm

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Re: Easy Flyer ... item by Wills Wing

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:12 pm

I had a lot of the same thoughts about pitch & roll control during launch and landing that Rick had, when I watched the WW video. :o :shock:

Vollmer's VJ23 would have been a good glider to adapt to wheels, because of its very effective pitch and roll axis control at all times. I used to envy him, while ground handling in gusty wind, just standing in one spot keeping the wings level and pitch where he wanted it by just moving the stick.

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