red wrote:PGs have plenty of anhedral, and power steering and power brakes, so it can certainly be done.
Dangit Red, missed it again. So not like you friend!
Paraglider's "brakes" pull the trailing edge down. I could see how you might see this as aileron-like... but the difference is, to turn right, pull right brake, lower right trailing edge, wing turns right. Think about that for a second. LOWERED right trailing edge... as in, INCREASED angle of attack... and the wing turned toward
the higher AofA?
To call on similarities between what makes a Fledge turn, what makes a flex wing hang glider turn, and what makes a paraglider turn... you're in a heap of trouble. All three are just about opposite eachother (figure that one out LOL)
red wrote:These simple tricks are simply not available on today's HGs, and they should be. Anybody who does not choose to use these options can certainly avoid using them, like the new pilot who has never pulled the VG cord. The glider flies just fine anyway, then. I would call that scenario Progress, but I really don't see much.
Like I said- a guy like Steve Pearson as an example is passionate about weight-shift flex wing hang gliders... so he devotes his life to designing and building them. If you're passionate about a different style design... cool! Build it, or find someone with similar passion... but what you're saying is people with a similar-but-slightly-different passion than yours are wrong, and yours is better. Better is a sticky word, because everything is a balance of trade offs... so what you see as better, someone else sees something different as better... and you can both be right. And that's cool! I'm not talking about tolerance... I'm talking about perspective. You shouldn't tolerate
people building gliders different than what you seem to want... you should open your mind to accept why that is... and take responsibility for YOUR choices (if you want it so bad, build it yourself. The only reason you don't have what you want is you. Unless you're CHOOSING not to have the glider you want... in which case, that's no one else's fault... especially not the competition classification system?!)
Also- "anyone who does not choose to use these options.... the glider flies fine anyway..." Again, I find it hard to believe a Fledge pilot said that. How well did your Fledge fly via weight shift only
Here's the deal- I fly hangs and paras. I enjoy both. I've also flown a myriad of other things in my life, if only a time or two... Hang gliding is the only thing where I do not feel as though I am manipulating a wing in order to fly. The weight shift connection is organic and intuitive. It feels like *I* am flying, like MY BODY is the aerodynamic control. In my paraglider, I like to weight shift a lot, but in active air there's no getting around the need to work the toggles actively. It does not feel like I am flying with my body, it feels like I am working a wing, and that wing is flying and carrying me.
I have not flown an ATOS or Stalker or similar... and I would still love to have a Swift (stick controlled with rudder peddles)... but for me, and many others, we're hooked on weight shift flex wing hang gliders... join the club dude
Shut up and fly.