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Old 12-16-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Physics people help me out! Homemade Hanglider project

As the title reads, I'm interested in making a homemade hanglider. I don't plan on jumping off any cliffs, anything extreme, just a fun project in the garage to try to enjoy over a lake or pond or big field type of deal. I would like to make it out of a tarp, since that seems to be a cheap, light material.


I'm looking for ideas on the support system, (the skeleton per say)

The way I should design it, size dimensions and such; I'm 155 pounds, about 5'10.

Any idea what kind of altitude it would need even for just a small sustained flight? How about wind speed?

I will post pictures as I progress along with it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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I'd recommend something lightweight but strong like PVC for the frame...you're problem is going to be attaching a tarp without much air escaping around the edges. The more air you catch with it, the less it will drop per distance that you travel forward.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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This is probably a bad idea
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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If you are going to go thought with this, search for plans online. Shape, design, airfoil, etc. you get one wrong and it won't work, whatsoever.

Do yourself a favor and research the topic.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #8
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Agreed, go with pre-built or purchase tested plans from a credible source. Make sure the plans include a reserve, and know how to use it.

Make sure you're legit with the FAA and read the FAR regulations on ultralights. If you can even find plans they might need TSO'd before you can fly your creation.

Most of all, find a mentor or a club in your area to learn how to fly the thing. If you don't know what you're doing, you're just one thermal away from being 300ft in the air under a stalled wing.

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #9
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It's ok guys. He said he would do it over water, so if he fell he wouldn't get hurt.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:07 AM   #10
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For a garage hang glider build, I'd recommend using carbon fiber tubing and forged titanium joint hardware.
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anyone notice it is OP's first post?

It has to be a set up. Who joins a BMW forum and their first question is about gliders?
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That's commendable that you want to plan a garage project like this... da Vinci would approve. However, unless you know to sew/stitch properly the "canvas" material, you're asking for serious problems.

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lol I hanglide every once in awhile, got my license to do so my senior year of high school as a research project/thesis. The OP joined a car forum to ask us for advice on making a hanglider, OP is screwed. Death is inevitable, fly this thing off the empire state building on December 21st.

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