craneplaneguy,craneplaneguy wrote: ↑Oct 02, 2018 9:20 pmPlease explain your avatar, that a Kasper Wing or a Fledge? I was a Manta hang glider dealer and a Pterodactyl ultralight dealer for years.....google the cover of the August 1983 National Geographic, that's my 'Dac on the frigging cover, my 15 minutes of fame, so far.
That's a good claim to fame! Nice graphic on the crane. My avatar is a Manta Fledling-IIB (designed, as you may know, by Klaus Hill). When the Fledgling-III came out (1979?), Klaus helped me install the Fledgling-III rudders on my daily glider at his shop. Flew that beauty for more than two decades, with one new sail and one new set of cables in that time. Klaus was a pure genius. He explained to me that by tilting the rudders outward, they became "invisible dihedral" for landing, which was not there unless needed. They were also effective as NASA winglets, when not in use for steering. Pulling both together made for dive brakes, good for small landing fields. Slamming both rudders open at the flare made a full-stop in mid-air, six inches high, and spot landings (classically onto a Frisbee) were a piece of cake. Still flyin', still grinnin'.
As I get older, now I plan to rebuild that Fledgling-II as an electric hang glider, probably as an electric Mosquito-type power system. That is why I watch this topic with interest.