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Builds Plane from Parts, and takes off with no lessons

Old 6th Apr 2017, 03:05
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Builds Plane from Parts, and takes off with no lessons

What could possibly go wrong....

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=121_1491429500
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Old 6th Apr 2017, 03:15
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Most of the early pioneers did similar things, with the additional fun of designing the parts before assembling them! It kind of shows that flying is actually not that difficult.
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Old 6th Apr 2017, 03:50
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Yeah....but there's flying......and then there's falling with style
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Old 6th Apr 2017, 12:58
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Nobody really knows the truth here.
I doubt this was his 'inaugaration' flight.
Maybe he had the thing misrigged.

Also a possibility that he had a license but simply didn't bother to get any form of instruction in this model.
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Old 6th Apr 2017, 13:05
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It looked just like every crazy flying act I've ever seen...


...until the actual landing that is!
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 01:41
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Well, that's got to be the most thorough "initial flight test" I've seen! He even practised a proper crash-landing!
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A landing - or quitting while he was ahead?
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Isn't that how one learnt to fly in WW1?!
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 12:42
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Well my first solo flight was in a hang glider (early Rogallo wing type).

The milkman had bought one - I was an aeromodeller and he thought I knew about flying - so off we went, climbed a hill and threw ourselves off.

I landed safely (luckily), but the milkman hadn't appreciated the term 'positive angle of attack' and slid down the hillside and ended up in a tangled mass of rigging wires cutting himself badly.

My father had said 'under no circumstances ...', but as a 17 year old what is one to do ... ?

That was my first and last hand glider flight.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 13:16
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Spanner,

I went through a similar experience with a Regallo. Thankfully, just as I was about to strap it on, I had a sudden burst of self preservation and decided to allow my friend to have first go. He crashed in a heap, terminally damaging the glider, but thankfully not himself. I gave up the whole idea at that stage.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 14:25
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Spanner,

I went through a similar experience with a Regallo. Thankfully, just as I was about to strap it on, I had a sudden burst of self preservation and decided to allow my friend to have first go. He crashed in a heap, terminally damaging the glider, but thankfully not himself. I gave up the whole idea at that stage.
Whilst not 1st solo, went off a mine dump in Germinston SA on a Regello. Stupidity in the extreme and have never repeated hang gliding.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 15:08
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Did he train at this school?

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Old 7th Apr 2017, 15:11
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Originally Posted by Fonsini View Post
What could possibly go wrong....

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=121_1491429500
Some serious brown trouser moments there....and that's just for those on the ground watching
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 15:31
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If that was his first (in control) flight, I think he did rather well.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 16:06
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It flew and he didn't kill himself. But that was probably more by luck than judgement. But I doubt if this guy held a licence of any description. No matter what type you fly, if you pull the stick back the houses get smaller etc. He appeared not to understand that. He also appeared to have a problem getting the thing to go where he wanted it. Either way, he was criminally endangering those on the ground.

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Old 8th Apr 2017, 01:16
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Megan - That's a pretty impressive display of the flying performance and durability of the old Cub, right there! However, why does "gung-ho", and "Hey guys, hold my beer and watch this!", come to mind?
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Old 16th Apr 2017, 00:12
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Megan: great vid, although it took me a few moments to work out where I'd seen something similar (especially the final landing).

Then I got it...my first glider solo. Ahhh happy memories
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 15:36
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Has this event found its way on to the desks of the AAIB or the Aviation-Safety people? It might make amusing reading if the officers are allowed to loosen the reins on their sarcasm and irony muscles.
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It's in the USA and it's an 'ultralight' ie what we would call a microlight.
In the USA, you are not required to carry out any training or hold a license to fly an ultralight.
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