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Old Nov 06, 2012, 06:28 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, 04:46 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 04, 2015, 11:57 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?
How to dribble go I'll just got one myself but I haven't flown it
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Old Jul 04, 2015, 11:58 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?
How to build go I'll just got one myself but I haven't flown it
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Old Jul 05, 2015, 08:01 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, 09:45 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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Old Jan 11, 2016, 07:14 AM
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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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Old Jan 11, 2016, 01:23 PM
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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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Dont count yourself out Bill , I'm 53 .
There are Real trikes out there . The One I'm saving up for is this .
http://www.falcon4strokeppg.com/
I would like a to do a scale RC flyer of it one day.
I agree. I got into it almost six years ago now, I'm 58 right now. I've met guys who were much older than me that got into it.


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That would be awesome to do it for real but as I live in Australia with anal retentive folk hell bent on regulating the colour of our farts my bet would be 100 times the cost of the paraglider in fee's and license. Not only that but by the time it all got past and approved my blood pressure at 85 would not allow me to travel higher than 2 feet....so rc ones will have to do LOL.
I've met a few guys from Autralia and NZ at some of the Fly Ins I've been to, not sure what hoops they have to jump through. I'm fortunate living in the US that we have Ultralight Part 103. No hoops at all if you follow the basic rules of Part 103 and your equipment meets the rules.




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Old May 08, 2016, 12:09 AM
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Hi guys
Just saw one of these on the emails I get from RC Groups and thought I would give it a try
I found a wing from HK 2.15 ,I did read that they are a bit on the average side but for 30 bucks and the rest of the pieces laying around the bench I'm not going to be out of pocket to much

Looking at a hand launch design with just the weight of the electronics to be main weight??
Been fling heli's so this will be a nice slow flight model for me

Any advice on the HK wing would be great if anyone is still around
Not sure if this wing has brakes or is directed by weight ,will just have to wait and see
I have read the whole thread so do have some idea on how it works , well maybe a little on how it works lol
Thanks again
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Old May 08, 2016, 04:38 AM
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Hey Watho,

I bought one of these wings a few months ago. Like you, they are cheap enough that I don't mind if it doesn't do what I want. I've spent a fair amount of hours trying to convince the wing to ground launch and failed totally.

I *did* get it flying from a hand launch eventually (and crashed soon after due to my own incompetence only) but my Frankie (see my other thread about Frankenplane) is (deliberately) a hefty beast and lobbing 3+ kg from an outstretched arm soon became boring and bought a Paralight wing. A lot more money (USD 120) but worth every cent to me.

Inspect your wing thoroughly when you get it. Mine had 3 or 4 knots that were sliding due to insufficient CA glue applied, and one totally undone. I also carefully measured all lengths and made both sides as close as I could.

The HK parafoil's recommended weight range is something like 1.3-1.6kg and it probably likes not much more than a gentle breeze to fly in. Where I live (South coast of Portugal) is normally fairly windy so I built Frankie at 3+kg to give better penetration and therefore can fly here on 'normal' days.

Never flew the HK parafoil enough to measure the speed, but my Frankie flies at around 32kmh, so not _slow_ but slow enough for me!

The HK parafoil is braked, so there are 4 lines.

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Looking at a hand launch design with just the weight of the electronics to be main weight??
Been fling heli's so this will be a nice slow flight model for me

Any advice on the HK wing would be great if anyone is still around
Not sure if this wing has brakes or is directed by weight ,will just have to wait and see

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Hi Guv
Thanks for the reply
I will make sure to check it all out, I should have it next week
I was thinking of making something like the one that came out at the RC show they just had ( sorry can't recall the name of it ) there but it was a 4 m wing

But looking and reading I think I may be able to come up with something

If it tends to take my fancy I will look at getting another wing ??

I think the only thing I need to buy is a cover for the prop

Thanks again
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If it tends to take my fancy I will look at getting another wing
Watch ebay for Power Kites.

You can find some great deals on used 4 line power kites.
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