This is a one-third scale powered
parapent, piloted by Charlie the thirsty chimp! It has a top speed
of about 10 or 12 knots, so obviously it cannot be flown in strong
winds - at least not if you do not want to chase after it!
Charlie always has his bottle of Coke to hand!
The engine is another Supertigre 60, with a pusher propeller.
We found that the secret to success
is to "inflate" the parachute using the wind and the slipstream
from the propeller, before starting the takeoff run
With just a little breeze, the takeoff
run is quite short. It takes a little getting used to the controls
- an increase in throttle makes it climb, it banks and turns using
the normal aileron controls, and the normal elevator control makes
it flare for a slow and hopefully gentle landing.