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Old 01-28-16, 04:23 PM
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Is anybody crazy enough to actually try this?

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I believe I'll pass.
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Some of the most nerve-wracking flying I've ever done is piloting a glider behind a towplane.
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Looks like fun.
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Looks kinda like water skiing. When you consider the cost of a tow plane its going to get pretty pricey per ride. I'd probably try it, but I also wonder what the 'learning curve' is, how it gets off the ground with me on it, and how it lands back on the ground (I didn't watch the whole video).
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I'd pass on that. My fear of heights make my hands sweat just watching the video.
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Old 01-29-16, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Looks kinda like water skiing. When you consider the cost of a tow plane its going to get pretty pricey per ride. I'd probably try it, but I also wonder what the 'learning curve' is, how it gets off the ground with me on it, and how it lands back on the ground (I didn't watch the whole video).
The wingboard has two wheels and the tow plane takes off with the board in tow. The wing's airfoil has enough lift to get airborne as the tow plane rotates on takeoff.

The tow line splits into two lines a few feet ahead of the wing; one line goes to a handlebar for the rider and the other is attached to the wing board. When it's time to land, the rider triggers a release for the line to the board, and simultaneously releases the handlebar. The rider and the board then separate and independently parachute to the ground (the wingboard and the rider each have a parachute).

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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Some of the most nerve-wracking flying I've ever done is piloting a glider behind a towplane.
After my dad washed out of pilot training by driving a landing gear through the wing of a Ryan trainer (cheated on his distance perception test) they offered him that job strictly on a volunteer basis during WW2.

He wisely declined.
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I loved it when he said "safety features".
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