I don't know, I kind of like the balloon tires. Also, they give some much needed shock absorption... Especially with the drop-in parachute-style landings I could see this design making at times.Keep going Sockmonkey,
That holds some promise- and just looks cool and efficient. Add some streamlined wheel pants and smaller wheels but thin ones. Make the pants a thin like on a solar racer and they can be directional stability as well.
A bit. I made it look a little cartoony on purpose to make it look user-friendly. That's also why it's a sunny yellow. The chunky look also gives the impression of durability, which I suppose is justified since all the structural members would be rather short in this configuration.Disney movie!
Zimmerman with a four meter span and three meter root chord.It might be a case of perspective, but now it looks like it has insufficient wing area.
I have his phone number.By the way it would be nice to know the span (or err diameter) of the UFO. Does anybody besides David Rowe know? (Or even better from David himself, if he were to privilege us goofballs with his presence.)
I'm sure that rate was measured in the air. I wonder how much cushioning effect you get when it enters into ground effect?BTW, he said that, with the stick all the way back, the aircraft mushes down at about the rate of descent of a jet landing on an aircraft carrier. Not good for the plane, but a lot better than spinning in.
Sorry to dig up a 3 month old post but the idea is still floating around in my otherwise empty head.I really don't think you want a "free wing" on a Nemeth-type parasol, ...On the other hand, a variable-incidence wing with the pitch control still at the tail but the main wing incidence variable (though fixed at any given moment) might work well and would not be hard in a strut-braced parasol.