Today we did something called ‘kiting’. It’s where you launch a half-size wing into the air, and then practice controlling it.
The wind today was very gusty. Even though my ideal wing is fully twice the size of this one, I just couldn’t believe the power in this wing. (This is not me...from the hat, I think it was one of the instructors gauging whether we could handle the wing or not.
Generally, this wing is significantly less stable than the real thing, which made it great for practicing.
We weren’t clipped in or anything. Had the wind gotten the better of us, we have just let go of one side of the wing, making it an expensive streamer, rather than a wing capable of flight.
We were only able to fly these for about an hour. Obviously, it was because of the storm blowing in. The fact that my arms are *still* shaking has absolutely nothing to do with it, I assure you.
The weather over the next week or so is predicted to be more or less perfect. Enough wind so you don’t have to run your ass off...yet not so much that we cannot control the glider.
I can’t wait.