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Wing Board – Carve the Sky?

Image from WYPaviation.com
Written by Kolla

There is a new idea in town, that might be of interest to air sports enthusiasts: the WingBoard.

Still in the concept stage, the WingBoard promises to combine the thrill of wakeboarding and skydiving, and become the next revolution in aerial adventure sports. The founder of WYP Aviaiton, Aaron “Wyp” Wypyszynski , is described as inspired with just a touch of crazy, which is probably not a bad combination for an inventor.

If you are interested in seeing this concept move forward, hit up their Kickstarter page and become a backer and maybe eventually get your very own WingBoard!  Then send us the video.


 

UPDATE! (September 30th, 2014)

The inventor has addressed a few of the comments and questions put forward in comments on this post and from discussion on our Facebook page. If you are interested in reading more about the WingBoard, check out the new post

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19 Comments

  • Great concept but what fail-safes have you envisioned/devised in the event of a catastrophic failure below minimum safe opening altitude for a parachute or when the wing is in tow behind the aircraft during takeoff? These are going to be the most dangerous moments of this concept and will need some serious thinking and design to prevent a tragedy occurring.

  • ehhh I feel like the takeoff would be too risky… You’ve got a fair amount of ‘no fuck-up’ time before reaching a minimum safe parachute altitude. Interested to see where this goes.

    • Hey mate! Such a wicked concept. I’d love to be the first test pilot. I’m a skydiver with 280 jumps, a wakeboarder and an RC pilot. I’ve taken a lot bigger risks for less outcome and I’d love to be a part of this. Could get to a safe height in the plane with the board in tow and “abseil” down the cable to the board and then push it’s limits and see what this wing board is capable of :)

      Cheers, Scott!

  • Ps. Hobbyking have flight stabilization modules that would fly it stable unmanned for take off and landing untill the rider gets on and takes over.

  • this isn’t cost effective by any means nor is it accessible. sending up a planes loaded with skydivers is already several hundred dollars let alone allowing one “wake boarder” to fly. where are you going to fly this thing? no DZ is going to allow you to fly in their airspace because they’re basically shutting their business for 30 minutes while this single person is flying around. that basically means, you’re going to have to have a private location only available for super experienced jumpers. it’s better to just work on attaching engines to a wingsuit than working on this wing towing business concept.

    • He said it was going to be a spectator sport so the spectators would obviously generate the revenue to make it happen.

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  • hmm cool concept, how are u gunna launch it? from the ground?i doubt the faa will let you, to unsafe, what about that sketch area from 0-700ish feet u need for ur reserve to deploy when shit fucks up, not to mention are u landing with the board? doubt it, are u letting go and flying it down under canopy? hows it fly on its own when its not being pulled? what if you have to cut it away? is there a reserve for the board or does it crash through someones roof?

  • A few further details to some common questions:

    Rider Strength: In fact, the RC model is fully articulated with small nylon bolts at each of the joints to ensure forces are not too high on the rider. The small plastic servo gears also served as a great test for over stressed joints. The balance of rider force was worked and reworked on the scale models for over a year. When intolerable forces were experienced in the early models, it was readily seen as the specific joints of the rider would break. A key element to the design was also minimize shock on the rope, a specific amount of spring is required to absorb turbulence and not result in sling shooting the rider.

    Air Launch/Wake Turbulence: Air launch was the original goal, but it is hard to find an aircraft that has a 12 foot wide opening. Also, the tow rope likes to cause lots of oscillation when it is short, it needs to be at least 150 feet long for the tow rope forces and the aerodynamic forces to work well together. The wake turbulence close to the tow plane, especially one big enough to launch the WingBoard is too much, thus requiring a smaller plane and a longer tow rope, the high wing loading of the WingBoard is then enough to cut through the turbulence (notice how smooth the video is).

    To hard to learn/ take off from the ground: There is a plan to tow with a tail-rotor-less / enclosed tail rotor helicopter for initial tests and learning. Climb to 5000ft and then start. The tow rope limits the maneuverability to avoid the main rotors.

    Parachute Deploy Height: The great thing is that when you are on tow, you can deploy the parachute without loosing much altitude (10-20 feet). Deploy parachute and then automatically timed cut the tow rope a second or two later. Canopy is fully inflated and you have barely come off tow.

    Tow Plane Control: We towed the 1/6th scale model with a 1/6th scale piper cub. Yes the tow pilot can feel the WingBoard pulling him, but mostly in yaw and rudder is able to counter the effects. The forces generated by the WingBoard are much less than a glider (it only has to lift 300lbs total vs 1000+ for a glider). It is all about weight ratio, the WingBoard is 1/10th the weight and force of the tow plane ( a glider is typically 1/2).

    Thanks for all the comments!

  • Seems like the take off will be very risky. May be worth to think of a concept where the board winches out of the plane skyvan may be?

What do you think?

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