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The New Paragliding

Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:24
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The New Paragliding

Take 50 drone motors, add some tech stuff and copious amounts of courage. Run...run...soar!

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Old 7th Nov 2021, 13:21
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Looked like he had just as much making it as he did flying it.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 06:22
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Looks like a very good idea compared to the heavy petrol contraption that is used at the moment. Should also keep the farmers happy as the petrol engines are known for upsetting animals in the field.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 15:33
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Looks like a very good idea compared to the heavy petrol contraption that is used at the moment. Should also keep the farmers happy as the petrol engines are known for upsetting animals in the field.

A bit of a myth I'm afraid, they get more frightened by the large shadow of the canopy.
P.S. If you've ever heard what just 8 moderately sized electric drone motors sounds like at 50 foot you might think differently
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 20:48
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Originally Posted by Dyscaligula View Post
Brilliant stuff ! Always wanted to try paragliding, perhaps I should borrow dozen desk fans from the office and give it a go ?
I suggest you either buy a decent extension chord or master the short take off and tight circuit.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 21:35
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I got an advert for "pilot life insurance" over the top of this video. AI is certainly making things more relevant.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 06:13
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Originally Posted by Dyscaligula View Post
Brilliant stuff ! Always wanted to try paragliding, perhaps I should borrow dozen desk fans from the office and give it a go ?
I can recommend it!

But why not do it the proper way? From a hilltop - no motorised paraphernalia involved at all.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 15:20
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Originally Posted by Dont Hang Up View Post
I can recommend it!

But why not do it the proper way? From a hilltop - no motorised paraphernalia involved at all.
I've always worked on the same principle as to why jump out of a serviceable aircraft with a parachute...why go hurtling down a hill with a bit of canvas above you hoping to generate lift and if you have an undercarriage failure on take off or landing, it's going to hurt. Strapping a two stroke engine to your back falls into the same category.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 15:23
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
I've always worked on the same principle as to why jump out of a serviceable aircraft with a parachute...why go hurtling down a hill with a bit of canvas above you hoping to generate lift and if you have an undercarriage failure on take off or landing, it's going to hurt. Strapping a two stroke engine to your back falls into the same category.
At least the ground won't have a hiccup and die and if your parachute fails to deploy, you are already on the ground.
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 15:45
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What about FLYING MOTORCYCLES???

As if motorcycle riders don’t do enough risky stuff, what about using turbo engines to lift yourself into the sky without wearing a seatbelt?

Note that they are wearing a helmet, but not a parachute.

FLYING MOTORCYCLES, BETTER E-BIKES AND MORE PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION TO COME

https://www.wsj.com/articles/flying-motorcycles-better-e-bikes-and-more-personal-transportation-to-come-11636390829



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Old 9th Nov 2021, 15:50
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You think that is mad!
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Old 9th Nov 2021, 16:29
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Originally Posted by Dont Hang Up View Post
But why not do it the proper way? From a hilltop - no motorised paraphernalia involved at all.
I did it (not very well) for a few years; in hindsight, whether it was the difficulty of penetrating into any wind, the difficulty of descending quickly without either pulling several G or folding your canopy into pieces, the inability of the wing to stay wing-shaped in any form of turbulence, or the French pilots who thought they were immortal, it all felt a bit scary. I did have a great time though, and I do miss being able to land out almost anywhere, even on a 30-degree slope, and then hitch-hike back to the launchpoint...
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A Motorcycle That’s Above it AllThe Speeder is a futuristic-looking flying motorcycle created by Ventura, Calif.-based Jetpack Aviation. Though some elements are still in development, the vertical take-off-and-landing aircraft will have jet turbine engines that provide vertical thrust. Once in the air, the engines would tilt backward and the aircraft would fly on small wings powered by net-zero-carbon fuel. Two recreational models, priced starting at $385,000 each, are available for preorder. One reaches speeds of over 150 mph, and flies for nearly an hour at more than 15,000 feet; an ultralight version that doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate is limited to 60 mph by federal regulations and flies for 15 minutes.
What happen at 15,000 feet when your fifteen or sixty minutes are up?

Nobody can hear you scream at that altitude.

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Old 9th Nov 2021, 21:36
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I believe that's known as paraplummeting.
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 13:33
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A friends son just started walking round the hospital ward on a Zimmer frame after his last flight ended badly. His first crash in fifteen years was almost his last.
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