After my first testrun I had to reconsider my take-off techniques. A lot of people have commented on the way my wings move and my running; the AoA of the wings would not have been ideal and the position of my body too much a contraproductive angle.
But ever since the beginning of this project I have been watching these guys, the albatrosses. They have this similar style of flapping their wings and an unsteady body movement, and still they get into the air (after some training!).
Important to keep in mind is the big difference between men and birds, the human body has a big difference in locomotion. To be able to able to fly in the same way as birds do, we should learn another way of moving our bodies. Even young birds are not yet equal in control of their wings. In contrast to other animals being able to walk instantly after their birth, it takes considerably longer for young birds to able to fly. For them it is also a process of learning and practising.
Prof. Bert Otten commented some time ago on the video below:
“Super! Especially the shots in which they show they want to be lifted by their own wings. They show it by their head movements, it seems”.
In my opinion this quote summarizes the issue very well. Just like birds, humans have to amplify their locomotion to get control and get familiar with their new body expansion; The Wings. In my conception this is something which is independent of any hardware of software problem.
Look below how young albatrosses are learning to fly and see how they manage to get lifted after a frustrating struggle with gravity.