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Old Nov 06, 2012, 07:28 AM
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Paradude, you are the dude, thanks man, can't wait to try it with some instructions!!

I am actually using this as a vehicle for a UAV using an Android phone onboard for all comms and video. In theory, it's the simplest UAV ever.
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Old Jun 24, 2015, 05:46 PM
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I couldn't help myself and ended up buying one.

I fly full scale paraglider and the kite had some appeal to me. I know this thread is a million years old but has anyone installed a speed-bar setup on theirs? In full scale paragliding you have this bar that you push on with your legs that pulls on the A-lines down for a more aggressive angle of attack.

Has anyone used it as a skydiving chute?
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Old Jul 05, 2015, 12:57 AM
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I couldn't help myself and ended up buying one.

I fly full scale paraglider and the kite had some appeal to me. I know this thread is a million years old but has anyone installed a speed-bar setup on theirs? In full scale paragliding you have this bar that you push on with your legs that pulls on the A-lines down for a more aggressive angle of attack.

Has anyone used it as a skydiving chute?
How to dribble go I'll just got one myself but I haven't flown it
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Old Jul 05, 2015, 12:58 AM
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I couldn't help myself and ended up buying one.

I fly full scale paraglider and the kite had some appeal to me. I know this thread is a million years old but has anyone installed a speed-bar setup on theirs? In full scale paragliding you have this bar that you push on with your legs that pulls on the A-lines down for a more aggressive angle of attack.

Has anyone used it as a skydiving chute?
How to build go I'll just got one myself but I haven't flown it
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Old Jul 05, 2015, 09:01 PM
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I just got it yesterday; I think I am going to throw my paratrooper off a cliff first and if he survives the fall I will drop him out of an airplane using the J-bag technique like with full scale paraglider pilots.

I built the arms out of popcicle sticks and I made some duct tape hang points. I have a low a medium and a high hang point because I'm not sure which will fly best. I plan to separate the hang points by 190mm which is why I built an EPP tray of sorts.

The chest (or servo tray) is made out of some epp from a badly crashed Tek Sumo I decommissioned a while back. I have started light (only about 100 grams) because it is easier to add weight later than it is to try and lose weight
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Old Jul 07, 2015, 10:45 AM
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I maidened my little paradude (read threw him off a cliff) yesterday and he flew.... right into a rock. This snapped both popcicle sticks so I was unable to continue testing with any rc control. I still did some testing with different weights however and here is what I came up with.

My initial tests yielded the following observations (weight of pilot only)
103 grams: waaay too light (collapses, nasty characteristics)
212 grams: flew light, may be ok for light wind stuff
323 grams: seemed to fly fine
488.2 grams: sunk out a little faster but also seemed to fly fine. Initial impression is that this is about the "normal weight", but further testing, preferably with actual rc control, is warranted to make sure.

My little 9 grams servos were really struggling with the torque so I replaced them with a couple of 50 gram servos. I also swapped off of my LiFe battery and switched to a larger, heavier nimh receiver pack. I put a layer of duct tape over everything to slick it down because the lines were catching on the balance lead, the servo wires and the zip ties although I am still worried a skydiver setup will potentially end up with lines snagged on the arms.
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Hello gentlemen,
can somebody show a picture of arrangement of paraglider chords due to HK foto with signs A, B, C, D as it is attached to the parafoil and arranged together on the ends with connecting rings. I donīt know which is which.
My next questions are obout gondola construction.
1. 1150 g flyght weight with 850 g thrust OK?
2. Can be gondola made of semi hardened Aluminium plates with thickness of 2 mm (I am not able to cut Dural by the laser and bend it on the CNC machine.
3. Is a good idea to cover gondola by 4 mm Mirelon?
4. What are good or recomended glight conditions?
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This thread has help give me a few ideas for a powered parasail project I've been collecting parts for. So far I have:

5.6 sq m Peter Lynch 4 line Power Kite
2 - Hitec monster HS-805BB servos, 343 oz-in
Dualsky XM6360DA-10, 218KV, 10s, 20x13 - 22x12 prop

I have test flown the kite with the OEM long lines and got it to fly pretty darn high, not straight overhead but pretty close. It's quite impressive in the air. It has tons of pull, had to let go of it a couple of times to keep from being dragged off my feet. So my gondola weight shouldn't be a concern building too heavy.
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I'm debating on getting a set of these 1:5 ratio torque mulipliers to bump those brake line servos up to over 1700 oz-in power.

https://www.servocity.com/html/spg80...ous_rotat.html

That's probably over kill, but this powered parasailing is a stepping stone to rerigging it into an experiment for a giant scale controllable rescue/recovery emergency chute for a 15 - 20# plane. The forces on those lines on deployment will be harsh which could easily destroy servos. So I want to have very strong servos and progressive sets of shock absorption in the lines.
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