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Fit for Flight?

Postby JoeF » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:44 pm

Fit for flight?
1. Getting fit for flight.
2. Right now, am I fit for this flight?

"2." is to be answered at every flight start; and the same is to be answered during a flight. Fitness decays during long flights. Aim to land with the fitness needed; allow safety margins.

See: http://www.pilotworkshop.com/tips/fit-flight

Recreational hang gliding may be delayed when fitness is lacking.
Recreational hang gliding's joys are most probable when one is fit for flight.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby JoeF » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:23 am

anon wrote:In advertising and public communications, the law of primacy in persuasion as postulated by Frederick Hansen Lund in 1925 holds that the side of an issue presented first will have greater effectiveness than the side presented subsequently.


If the aim is to be a recreational foot-launching hang glider pilot,
then run a wing first.
The wing need not be big. But imprint in the mind and body the target pattern.
Avoid other firsts (tandem rides, towed rides, motored rides, pushed rides, PG rides, aero-tow rides, etc.)
Get fit in the running of wing windward; there is much to learn and practice in the first realm.

Face the dream. Look at the horizon. Get the feet moving with skill. Take time to grow muscles and coordination for foot-launching a gliding winged flight system. Timing, walk, move faster, pace, sense apparent wind, grow awareness of wing attitude, check shoes, know the ground, awareness of environment, and more. Skipping first things will be a source of later regrets.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:46 pm

CHECK THIS OUT

What about a prone Hang Glider Harness and a rudder on your feet.
Then this from Lee Eyerly and the Eyerly Aircraft Company in 1930.
A ground-based flight training device patented under the name, "Orientator".
Air from the electric propeller passed over the wings and rudder, and the operator controlled the movements of the plane in a manner similar to a real aircraft. (OR HANG GLIDER HA).
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:18 pm

Here are some notes and sketches ...

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This 5 minute, very rough sketch, is just an idea, but a well engineered device could be really good as a training aid to get the excitement and inspiration going. You gotta get the wind in your face, and "bugs in your teeth", which you don't get while you're sitting.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:59 pm

JoeF wrote:
anon wrote:In advertising and public communications, the law of primacy in persuasion as postulated by Frederick Hansen Lund in 1925 holds that the side of an issue presented first will have greater effectiveness than the side presented subsequently.


If the aim is to be a recreational foot-launching hang glider pilot,
then run a wing first.
The wing need not be big. But imprint in the mind and body the target pattern.
Avoid other firsts (tandem rides, towed rides, motored rides, pushed rides, PG rides, aero-tow rides, etc.)
Get fit in the running of wing windward; there is much to learn and practice in the first realm.

Face the dream. Look at the horizon. Get the feet moving with skill. Take time to grow muscles and coordination for foot-launching a gliding winged flight system. Timing, walk, move faster, pace, sense apparent wind, grow awareness of wing attitude, check shoes, know the ground, awareness of environment, and more. Skipping first things will be a source of later regrets.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:43 pm

Being "Fit For Flight",(Thanks Joe), is a lost art today, and what does it really mean? It depends what the meaning of "fIT, Is".
When I first learned to fly, (Cessna 150), my Dad said, "there is only one thing you need to know, to be a good pilot". We were passing through 5,000 feet, with the nose high and at full power, and I replied, "what's that Dad", and as the plane started to snap roll over in a power on stall, he said, "how not to throw up".
Watch this video below starting at 0:59, and ends at 2:13. This is "The Orientator". Where is your stomach?



Confronting our fears of flying is being "fit",

The more you know the more you'll go.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:18 pm

Being Fit for Flight is so much more than being able to "push the stick forward, when you're looking at the ground"

The song from Hot Tuna is, "Death Don't Have No Mercy", picked by John for this video.
This Man (and Craig, RIP) are "Fit For Flight", and they set their affections on things above.
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Re: Fit for Flight?

Postby Craig Muhonen » Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:01 am

"Mentally fit for flight", begins with the choice of an "Air Foil", and a confident body position, to fly it. Here are two completely different air foils and body positions, both tandem harnesses. One prone for fun and the other prone for disaster.

A FUN AIR FOIL :srofl: :P :P

OR A, NOT SO FUN, AIR SPOIL :roll: :crazy: :sick:


An airframe has one "seeable", C/G, that doesn't move, and a "comfortable" pilot (watch Ryans hands) and passenger, LOOKING FORWARD
A parachute glider has an invisible C/G, that is constantly moving, and an uncomfortable pilot and passenger, LOOKING UP , like "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" , and a change of underwear needed. Adrenaline is Brown.

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