For Like minded people who like to see-
Not "pie" in the sky- but "Hang-glider " in the sky.
Wayne- go for it buy up the few acres and do your business plan and good luck with it but I don't think that we have too many hang-gliders as members here.
I'm not a hang-glider pilot either. I'm more interested in it from a business potential perspective. This could seriously put Queensland on the world map. Its novel and exciting. Hang-gliders are becoming cheaper and broader in design. They are starting to look more like sailplanes. I foresee this tourism industry seriously taking off. All these powerless vehicles including glider planes and parasails which can fit in a rucksack suffer from the same problem. That is ofcourse that they lose height constantly.
An external power source fuelled by sunshine means people could fly as long as they want(lavatory breaks excepted). More air time and launch facilities which costs nothing means more people becoming flyers to enjoy the thrill because they can get more flying for their buck. We could stage annual races across the state. It could open up vast areas of the state currently unused.
Most importantly it will create jobs and money for the state.
Quantas just grounded all its flights so a hang glider might be your only option if you plan on flying anywhere.
Councils already provide bike lanes, skate ramps, horse trails, bushwalking tracks and community swimming pools for recreation. Why couldn't a state government build thermals for the hang gliding community. Its a rapidly growing sport. The cost is minimal. Seems to me that we could use an exciting drawcard to set us apart from the other states and attract more tourists. New zealand is famous for bungee jumping. Queensland could be even more famous for hang gliding zones.
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I'd pay to try that.
This is a fast growing industry welcoming innovative new ideas. Tourism is going to be the backbone of queensland when our mining resources are gone.
Hi Allen. Nice pictures. I'd like to see engineless flying machines filling up the skies and becoming affordable to everyone. Ofcourse there is nothing wrong with microlights and hangmotors.
I guess I like the idea of free energy.
Obviously this project needs publicity to ever get off the ground. So I'm going to take Rob Moores advice and build some larger test plumes but not as part of a business plan. I'm going to build a series of large plumes spaced a few kilometres apart for an attempt on the world distance record. It currently stands at 700.6 km I believe. There is nothing in the rules about building artificial thermals for a record attempt.
No. I won't be flying it myself. I'm in contact with the Moyes Hang Gliders group about that.
A lot of people have been independantly researching this at the same time unaware that many others were also exploring it.
This guy has patented his own very elaborate thermal generator. Looks quite impressive.
This guy has created a website dedicated to thermal generator concepts.
This is a brave new world of aviation science. Could lead anywhere. We are right at the start of it which I find very exciting. Would be nice if Queensland were to lead the way.