Testing the new 125cc rig at Fornebu. (South end of the old airport). Steinar, Sindre, Bjørn and me had a great evening in the soft air over the Oslo fjord.
Me landing at the beach.
Bjørn going up
I went out and got some building materials to mount the scooter on a small trailer, while Steinar produced the drum that will hold the towing line. So far so good, now we just need to test it, hope the weather will allow it tomorrow.
Here’s the scooter mounted on a trailer. I made the supports and mounts from some 2 by 4, steel angles, and bolts. Feels quite solid and it should hold the scooter in place for towing and transport, at least until we can test if it works out ok. We fully recommend looking at the latest dirt scooter reviews to find out which one MyProScooter recommends the most. If not we can just put the wheels back on and sell it as a normal scooter.
Steinar will bring the rear wheel/drum tomorrow, and the rollers for the line.
Almost ready to go.
Our scootertowing project have been a great success so far, and we are committed to continue training students with the big Condor and the 50cc scooter. The low power in the scooter makes it perfect for training, and low altitude flights while keeping it as safe as possible.
The low power is also the limiting factor for high altitude flights, and more general towing needs. Tandem towing is also high on our list, as we can get some income to pay for running the rig. So last week I bought a new 125cc scooter, to be converted into a towing scooter.
Here is a picture of our new ride to heaven. It’s a cheap Chinese made bike, but for our purpose it should be perfect. It has twice the power of the old one, and a faster gearbox. It will be interesting to see how it pulls.
Since the scooter is new we needed to run it in first, and putting licence plates on it would cost the same as the price of the scooter, so we had to find a closed area to do some laps. (The garage at my job soon became too boring, but we did 3 km there :-) )
Steinar and I did 50 km on a very cold evening at a local racetrack, and Steinar did 100km more the next day (With some more clothes this time) It was mind-numbingly boring to do the 2 km laps, but thinking about the cools flights we can get with the new scooter made it worthwile…
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That is the coolest flight I have done in a very long time! A new site and downtown landing really enhances the whole hanggliding experience.
Steinar have been planning this flight for a long time, but I could not hold back, and took the maiden flight from him. This will probably cost me many beers this fall…
Yesterday Steinar and I were instructors again. Our student did 10 tows, I did two, and Steinar one flight. All in less than three hours including setting up and packing up. The student did his first full tows, learned to turn around and set up a landing pattern, and spot land.
I did a test to see how far we can push the Falcon on the towline. I found it nearly impossible to stall the glider on tow, the scooter will loose power and the glider will just dip the nose and recover even if I have stretched my arms out as far as I can.
Since YouTube does not allow videos of more than 100MB, I made a direct link to the video files in the previous posts. I then discovered that Google Video will let you post much bigger videos, by using their desktop uploader. So here’s the two towing videos for your pleasure;
The videos were taken with my Canon Ixus that records 30fps, in 640×480 progressive scan. It’s actually quite good quality, but the compression used by Google lowers the quality drastically. Posting the full quality would be a few hundred megs per minute of video.Maybe I should look into a way of embedding my own video player into the site…
I finally got my Litespeed RS back from Texas last weekend, and what a better way to test it than hooking up to the scooter tow? Here’s a short video from that test, (135MB) great success!
(Sorry for the bad light, but the sun is getting low here up north)
Next up is getting a more powerful scooter up and running, the one we have now chokes when we get some wind, you can see it on the video where I pull inn as I loose tension on the line.
A short video from our scooter towing at Lillestrøm on Tuesday. Only one student so plenty of time for the instructors to play around. Unfortunately the nicest clips would not transfer from the camera to the computer, but some of these are cool.
One of the more interesting landings…