HANG GLIDER DESIGN
My passion for free flight
began when paragliding was not known (or at least had not developed). In 1982, when I was still a child, I built my first hang
glider, from reeds, and PVC plastic for agricultural use. Luckily, it broke on the first attempt at flight from a
height of 2 m, and nothing happened.
The year 1988 I discover the
paragliding, and the following year I took a flying course. I've always found paragliding a great idea, and I have done
fantastic paragliding flights. However,
my thoughts turn constantly to the delta wing, perhaps because I belong
to a generation slightly later than that of the pioneers of the 70s'.
Some thought (including me!) that hang gliding
would die soon... But the reality shows
Here are some of the reasons for maintaining the interest in hang
- HG development without masts and upper rigging, has created a
beautifully clean aerodynamic wings and very attractive.
- Development of high performance rigid wings:
Atos type, and also Swift, Millenium...
- Popularization of floater-training wings easy
to use (Falcon, Malibu, Relax, ...)
therefore, that near the end of my paraglider design book ... I thought of the need to start another book on hang
gliders design... Probably there are very few
hang glider designers (less than paraglider), and is
therefore very interesting to rescue
the art and science of hang gliding / rigid wing design...
Fig 1. Fiber-glass tips crosstube-less hang glider
Pere Hernāndez i Casellas
Teiā, August 2010