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• Hey Koen- This is really great stuff! since you are in Belgium as are they, perhaps you can get some higher resolution improved photos from them. Just to pass
Message 1 of 6 , Mar 1, 2004
Hey Koen-
This is really great stuff! since you are in Belgium as are they,
perhaps
you can get some higher resolution improved photos from them.

Just to pass on some observations.....

I think their CG was too far rearward as their plane seemed to stall and
fall backward
immediately after takeoff. see photos attached.

If they started 10 meters above the water and achieved 27 meters
horizontal
that gives a 2.7 - 1 glide ratio. I think if they were not stalling
they
could stretch to maybe 40 meters for a 4 - 1 ratio.

attached are the launch images in sequence. See if you agree.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Koen Van de Kerckhove wrote:
See the Belgian project at:
http://membres.lycos.fr/socorrito/sanacavoler/

about launching speed. I saw a picture of the last Red Bull Flugtag
winners in Belgium. They had a genius launching system. Just take a
rope. Put at the end a sitting plate for two persons. Connect the
rope to the glider at one end. Place two persons on the sitting
plate at the other end. But ... let them hang over the edge of the
ramp. So, when the glider is released, the two slide downwards ...
into the water. But they are making the speed for the glider to take
off. Ramp is 10 m high. Take off run of glider should be the same.
How fast will the glider go in that 10 m? I guess that engineer
students can calculate that.
A unexpected advantage of the system: the heaviest student will
prove the advantage of his weight. ;^) (just joking).
• This birdman rally thing has got my gears a`turnin....I remember some years ago there was a contest at Torrey Pines where the participants were given a box of
Message 2 of 6 , Mar 1, 2004
This birdman rally thing has got my gears a`turnin....I remember some years ago there was a"contest"at Torrey Pines where the participants were given a box of various materials,mostly balsa I think,And they had an amount of time,probably an hour,to design,build,and fly an R/C glider.    And so now I`m thinking along those lines about how much fun a birdman rally set up like that could be,with an increased time allotment of course,say 24 hours.    Getting the backing shouldn`t be too much of a problem so long as the proceeds go to charity,and the event is held in an area heavily dependent on tourism. I`m thinking here of my ex-hometown,Branson,Missouri. There`s a big lake there and I recall from my Hobie Cat ( and Hobie Hawk) days that the summertime winds are usually pretty light. There`s plenty of businesses there that would love to see their banner fluttering from the big houseboat that could be used as a launch platform. Speaking of houseboats the event could be called "The Samuel P. Langley Birdman Rally" and exta credit could be given to contestants using a tandem wing configuration,and the entry wouldn`t even have to fly!
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Subject: [Airchairgroup] Re: Red Bull fun

Thanks to the advice to google on Birdman rally I found a site of
Guam Birdman Rally 2002. Oh boy, those guys really are talking
serious bussiness over there. The designs showed in the site are
really beauties. I even wonder if they use only unexpensive
materials. Pity, there is no record of the results.

Just let the pictures in those sites be a inspiration to you all. I
hope to get a few tips from those teams regarding materials.

Keep that brain spawning wings,

Koen

Link to Airchair main page for archives, files and photos
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Airchairgroup/

• Hallo Steve, man, if you really can start a Birdman Rally in your area, you will be close to a dream for many. Organising it will be hard. Because ... who
Message 3 of 6 , Mar 2, 2004
Hallo Steve,

man, if you really can start a Birdman Rally in your area, you will
be close to a dream for many. Organising it will be hard.
Because ... who wants to jump in the air and fall 10 m. Euh ... I
don't. I know I want to glide. Falling ... hurts. :(
But, if you give a price for the best dressed jumper and the most
original entry, you probably will get people making a effort to
compete. If you read the history of the Birdman Rallies, you will
see that it started the same way. And... I would advise to contact
the local technical schools and universities to compete and have a
exchange cup. Such a thing will be a "got to have" for a serious
school. I am sure these schools will come up with the most serious
designs. Just make sure they compete only for the longest flight.
Steve, you probably will have to announce this kind of contest a
long time in advance. Give them time to think if they want to join,
time to design and time to build. Let's say, first edition in 2006?

You mention a contest of 24 hour building. Hmmm, might be a problem.
Contenders will spy each other and copy the best looking design of
hte first hours. And ... what materials will they get? Will they
know the materials in advance, so they can do the design part in the
school?

Try to place the ramp so it looks into the most common wind
direction of hte place. You are a glider enthousiast, that gives us
more confidence that you will keep that part in mind. And, if
possible, make the landingzone in a not so deep water. Or ... would
that give problems with the jumpers without decent wings?

All thoughts in a nut ... from a nut, I guess. ;^)

Keep that brain spawning wings,

Koen

--- In Airchairgroup@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Corbin"
<crash_corbin@e...> wrote:
> This birdman rally thing has got my gears a`turnin....I remember
some years ago there was a"contest"at Torrey Pines where the
participants were given a box of various materials,mostly balsa I
think,And they had an amount of time,probably an hour,to
design,build,and fly an R/C glider. And so now I`m thinking along
those lines about how much fun a birdman rally set up like that
could be,with an increased time allotment of course,say 24 hours.
Getting the backing shouldn`t be too much of a problem so long as
the proceeds go to charity,and the event is held in an area heavily
dependent on tourism. I`m thinking here of my ex-
hometown,Branson,Missouri. There`s a big lake there and I recall
from my Hobie Cat ( and Hobie Hawk) days that the summertime winds
are usually pretty light. There`s plenty of businesses there that
would love to see their banner fluttering from the big houseboat
that could be used as a launch platform. Speaking of houseboats the
event could be called "The Samuel P. Langley Birdman Rally" and exta
credit could be given to contestants using a tandem wing
configuration,and the entry wouldn`t even have to fly!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Koen Van de Kerckhove
> To: Airchairgroup@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 12:57 PM
> Subject: [Airchairgroup] Re: Red Bull fun
>
>
> Thanks to the advice to google on Birdman rally I found a site
of
> Guam Birdman Rally 2002. Oh boy, those guys really are talking
> serious bussiness over there. The designs showed in the site are
> really beauties. I even wonder if they use only unexpensive
> materials. Pity, there is no record of the results.
>
> Just let the pictures in those sites be a inspiration to you
all. I
> hope to get a few tips from those teams regarding materials.
>
> Keep that brain spawning wings,
>
> Koen
>
>
>
> Link to Airchair main page for archives, files and photos
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