Today we did our first tow launches. We are attached to a rope that runs to a high speed winch that pulls us into the air, cresting at roughly 50 feet above the ground.
There’s still a lot of running to be done as I generate enough forward motion to inflate 28 square meters of wing:
A little bit of lift:
Unfortunately I didn’t depower the wing on landing so it fell on top of me. I understand this is called a “gift wrap”:
Flying high! The first time was terrifying, but the second time was much better:
The kids loved the ranch dogs, Sassy and Buddy:
Coming back from the tow run with my wing:
The kids worked on tessellations in math class:
As the winds picked up, Mark helped me practice the reverse launch:
Again, towards sunset, the winds died down and I was able to practice the forward launch:
Tomorrow we will practice launches wearing the motor.