Hang gliding 2020
Cameras: Fuji FinePix HS 50 EXR and Fuji X100F
This page continues from Hang gliding 2018 part 2. (I have nothing for 2019.)
I took these photos at Mere, Wiltshire, UK, in June 2020.
The glider here is a Moyes (Australia) Litespeed RX3.
And this is a light-weight single surface (exposed cross-tubes) Freedom made by North Wing of Chelan, Washington State, USA. In the variable conditions at this site on this day, with sink and patchy lift, the highly maneuverable Freedom outperformed even the rigid wings most of the time.
The red streamer on this Aeros (Ukraine) Target indicates that the pilot has fewer than ten hours air time.
Conditions became too strong for paragliding later in the afternoon
Hamish and Tim were among several flying rigid hang gliders. Unlike flex-wings, rigids use conventional control surfaces for turn control, relying on weight-shift only for pitch control.
Tim has the trailing edge flaps lowered. They increase the camber of the wing, which increases both lift and drag. The result is slower airspeed and a steeper approach, which is easier to judge and it reduces the risk of over-shooting the chosen landing spot.