Have you heard of the "wingboard"? No? Well if it catches on, it might just be the next extreme sports craze. It is in fact no more, no less, than an aerial wakeboard.
So what do you need to get started? ; a board-shaped wing with miniature undercarriage, two tow ropes connected to the board and tow bar, and a ‘plane to tow you - glider fashion – take a parachute along, it WILL come in handy.
As you can see, the "wingboard" is still in its conceptual phase, since tests are being carried out with an RC mannequin and a scale model plane (Bill Hempel Super Decathlon). The designer, Aaron Wypyszynski, a Huntsville, US based aeronautical engineer, has worked on the idea since 2013. His start-up, WYP Aviation, hopes to undertake the first full scale real test flights in early 2017.
How does the wingboard work? Nothing easier. Once you have your feet firmly attached to the board and the tow bar in hand, the plane can take off. Once in the air, you can go cloud surfing at a speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) ; and if that’s not thrilling enough you can even go through a few aerobatic figures. When you get tired of that, simply release the tow bar and deploy your parachute.
If this new extreme sport tempts you, you will still have to wait a little before this composite construction board is approved, and comes onto the market at around 10,000 dollars; so keep watching aeronewstv.