Recorded: 11 October 2017
The lecture provides a view from the speaker's perspective including his contribution to the design, development, production and certification of these aircraft. There is 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 is a description of the foot launched, chainsaw engine powered, canard aircraft Dr Brooks designed built and flew as his final year project in Industrial Design at Lanchester Polytechnic. He discusses the shortcomings of the high thrustline airframe mounted power unit and my contribution in designing and flying a “prone trike” which he flew in the first world microlight championships 1985. In 1987 Dr Brooks joined Pegasus aviation (now P&M) as their designer/test pilot, now technical director. Dr Brooks have been responsible for the Pegasus Quasar, Quantum, Quik, PulsR and the latest Hypertrike totalling some 4000 aircraft sold in 34 different countries.
About the Speaker:
Dr Bill Brooks FRAeS, Technical Director, P&M Aviation