Flying like a bird

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I did it! This weekend I brought out my wings again for a second test. And here it is. Do I need to say more? Just watch the video

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Flapping mechanism by Pascal Martinelli

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Henryk, a frequent poster on my blog just sent me this video. It’s a wing mechanism by Pascal Martinelli. And I have to say it looks very promising. It would be interesting to see how this combines with my haptic controlling system.

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interview with HUMO

This tuesday (28th feb) an article about my project and my flying dream got published in the Belgian weekly HUMO. The picture they took is awesome. They made me look like batman! It’s written in Dutch. So all Dutch speaking and reading fans out there, check it out. A part of this article is available online too: Jarno bouwt zijn eigen vleugels.

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Snow

You guys might have been wondering, what has Jarno been up to?

The wing mechanism have been taken apart for detailed fixing. The freezing cold inside my workshop brought the risk of damaging the mechanics, so I decided to disassemble it. Sa after the first testflight I have spent time giving it some ‘tender love and care’. As you can see on the pictures below, the wingfabric is torn in some places. For now I’m quick-fixing it with duct tape. In the meanwhile thinking about a better solution.

Another reason nothing special has been happening is that The Netherlands have been covered with snow since the beginning of february. Which was a pity because I felt really anxious to try a second time with my wings. Anyhow, I have taken my time to relax, enjoy some iceskating and working on the wings.  The passed couple of days the snow has melted away, so when the sun shines there might be some opportunities to fly coming up.

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Learn from the birds

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 Continue reading

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