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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby Frank Colver » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:53 pm

I have now developed the swing seat control bar adapters so that they can be quickly attached to any glider with 1 1/8" OD control bars. Many single surface gliders use this construction. The adapters are attached to the glider after it is set up for flying and removed before breakdown. No modifications to the glider's control bar are needed in order to apply the adapters. The glider is back to original after the adapters are removed (takes about a minute to make the transition).

It's going to be fun to see other pilots at Dockweiler fly their own gliders with the loaned adapters and swing seat harness.

I'd like to see Windsports get a swing seat harness from HES and a pair of bar adapters so that they would have that option for any of their students or friends who want to try it. Launches are a little more difficult but landings are almost automatically good every time. It's a great flying position for soaring the bluff since feet are forward ready to push off any time the glider gets too low. Also watching a tip that is close to the bluff top is easier in the sitting position (been there, done that, in times past). At the Otto meet Erica pushed off vertically right after launch when the glider dipped low. She literally jumped straight up into the air again, because her legs were already in position to spring, and flew away.

The harness is shown in a photo at the bottom of the previous page, check it out.

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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:24 pm

I just got back from High Energy Sports where Mike added foot stirrup attachments to my swing seat harness. The foot stirrup can be attached and adjusted for length any time a longer flight is expected.

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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:49 pm

Frank Colver wrote:I just got back from High Energy Sports where Mike added foot stirrup attachments to my swing seat harness. The foot stirrup can be attached and adjusted for length any time a longer flight is expected.

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That sounds like what you'll need on those good Dockweiler days!!
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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:14 pm

Several Dockweiler pilots gave my swing seat harness good reviews (everybody loved it) on Friday 8/17.

Here's a link to Erika trying it out and showing good control capability even though she is a 120 pound pilot in a 330 sq ft glider.

https://vimeo.com/285665477

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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby JoeF » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:19 pm

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August 17, 2018: Erika Klein on Frank Colver's new Colver Swing Seat
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Re: Colver Swing Seat

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:44 pm

Wow!! Flying high in the Colver Swing Seat at Point of the Mountain!!

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