The lecture will be a view from my perspective including my contribution to the design, development, production and certification of these aircraft. There will be a review of the early NASA and Ryan aircraft company projects to make a flying jeep (the Fleep) using Francis Rogallo’s wing, the development of the Rogallo wing through hang gliding and the experiments to add power to them. There will be a description of the foot launched, chainsaw engine powered, canard aircraft I designed built and flew as my final year project in Industrial Design at Lanchester Polytechnic. I will discuss the shortcomings of the high thrustline airframe mounted power unit and my contribution in designing and flying a “prone trike” which I flew in the first world microlight championships 1985. In 1987 I joined Pegasus aviation ( now P&M) as their designer/test pilot, now technical director. I have been responsible for the Pegasus Quasar, Quantum, Quik, PulsR and the latest Hypertrike totalling some 4000 aircraft sold in 34 different countries.
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