Recorded: 27 February 2017
This lecture, organised by the Human Powered Flight Group will be presented by John K Edgley MRAeS, Silver Medal Winner at the RAeS 2016 Medals & Awards Ceremony.
John Edgley will discuss and compare the progress that has been made in Human Powered flight in the 40 years since the first Kremer Prize was won by Paul MacCready for the figure of eight flight made by Gossamer Condor. By reference to Aerocycle 3, and other modern HPA aircraft, John will look at how current design has developed, and how new materials have made an impact.
About the Speaker:
John Edgley has designed and built three prototype aircraft. The Optica was the best known, and came nearest to full production with around twenty aircraft produced by the early 1990s. In the late 1990s a glider built almost entirely of Fibrelam appeared to hold commercial hopes. More recently John Edgley‘s Aerocycle 3 Human Powered Aircraft won the 2016 Icarus Cup sponsored by the RAeS. This HPA shows hope of being a significant step towards the activity becoming a recognised sport, one of the current aims of the Human Powered Flight Specialist Group of which he is a member.