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Posted by FD Pilot | Mar 30, 2010 @ 11:14 PM | 4,268 Views
This is my ultralight design which I developed in 1979 when the FAA required ultralights to be "foot launch capable". I demonstrated a foot launch takeoff from level ground, with the FAA observing, at the Watsonville airshow the same year. Art Scholl contracted me to do the ultralight demonstrations for the airshows Art Scholl Aviation promoted. I also won an efficiency "race" from Half Moon Bay to Monterey in California. Based on the documented fuel burn I achieved 57 miles per gallon, needless to say I "augmented" my flight by soaring the dunes along the way.
Posted by FD Pilot | Mar 30, 2010 @ 10:59 PM | 3,994 Views
This is circa 1983 when I was developing prototype #4 which I named Voyager IIB. It was a very good flying wing that out-performed the hang gliders of the day, L/D of around 13 to 1, 160 -170 FPM sink rate. I built it strong enough for aerobatics (loops, barrel rolls, spins). Had several flights approaching 100 miles and altitude gains to over 20,000 ft.