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Mock-ups

testing and testing

Prone pilot seat

If you start with something totally new, you better be sure you know what you are expecting. Pilot position seems in normal design nothing of a problem. But ...due to its bizarre variant in my design, it had to be tested.

To experience the effort of piloting in prone position i make several test stands to see how long i would endure this pilot position. The results did not go in the same line as the data i found in the books. Go see the prone pilot page to understand the advantage of being prone and especially the page about my own prone tests.

 

 

Mid section

  • enough room to move?
  • enough space for the spar passing under me?
  • where to put the control stick?
  • how to enter?
  • needed hole to enter?
  • will i see enough through the transparent parts?




Pod edition

  • possible to carry heavy loads?
  • problems with CG while standing? Answer: No!
  • transit from standing to seating. Answer: a kind of step at skid height might help extra (maybe not even really needed).








At the time we were thinking about a pod under the wing. I have to admit ...it would make handling during take off a loooot easier than trying to take off while being bend over.

Our fear about not having the same CG with the pilot seated as when the pilot was being carried by wing was not really a problem. Indeed the hangglider without pilot has a more rearward CG, so ...it hangs a bit like a weight on your back while being carried. But if you moved your shoulders a bit in the straps, you made that problem go away. Later we even tested it with hanging a large weight at the tail section of this mock up. The pilot could easily handle that extra weight in the back. We did stop this pod-idea as it was a extra part to be made. And that would make production longer and the costs for the client higher.

DRAGONWING

ORIGIN OF PROJECT

WING DESIGN BY ALBION BOWERS

WHY?

FUSELAGE PROPOSALS

WING CONSTRUCTION

WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?