New Wingboard allows thrill seekers to ride through the sky behind a PLANE

New Wingboard allows thrill seekers to ride through the sky behind a PLANE

New Wingboard allows thrill seekers to ride through the sky behind a PLANE

0 comments 📅13 January 2016, 23:58

It is an activity typically carried out on the water behind a powerful speedboat, but thrill seekers could soon windsurf through the sky while being towed by a plane.

A new project is aiming to develop a new kind of adventure sport called Wingboarding, where an aerofoil shaped board cuts through the air behind an aircraft.

The concept would allow adrenalin junkies to surf their way through the sky much like the fictional comic book superhero the Silver Surfer.

Engineer Aaron Wypyszynkski is developing a new way to surf through the air with an adventure sport he has called Wingboarding (illustrated). He has designed an aerofoil shaped board that a person can stand on and be towed behind an aircraft, allowing them to essentially surf through the sky

Engineer Aaron Wypyszynkski is developing a new way to surf through the air with an adventure sport he has called Wingboarding (illustrated). He has designed an aerofoil shaped board that a person can stand on and be towed behind an aircraft, allowing them to essentially surf through the sky

Aaron Wypyszynkski, lead engineer and founder of Wyp Aviation that is developing the board, said riders could control the board by shifting their weight, much like a snowboard or wakeboard.

By towing the board behind an aircraft, it would also produce a stable platform that flies through the air rather than falling as other attempts to create ‘surfing’ air sports.

He said: ‘The WingBoard is like a wakeboard, but instead of slicing through waves behind a boat, you’re being towed by a plane, carving through clouds.

‘Aviation is my passion – not only is it my 9-5 job, it is my hobby.

The Wingboard is attached to the back of an aircraft using tow cables (illustrated), much in the same way as a waterskier or wakeboarder would use a speedboat to pull them through the waves in the water

The Wingboard is attached to the back of an aircraft using tow cables (illustrated), much in the same way as a waterskier or wakeboarder would use a speedboat to pull them through the waves in the water

Tests with a scale model of his Wingboard (pictured) has shown that a rider can remain stable in the air while being pulled behind a light aircraft. To get back down to Earth, the flier has to pull a parachute on their back

Tests with a scale model of his Wingboard (pictured) has shown that a rider can remain stable in the air while being pulled behind a light aircraft. To get back down to Earth, the flier has to pull a parachute on their back

‘I work a standard day as a flight test engineer, come home to my wife and son, and after my son is in bed head out to the workshop until 1am most nights to bring my dreams of the future of aviation to reality.’

Mr Wypyszynkski, 31, from Huntsville, Alabama, said he was inspired to develop the Wingboard by a childhood cartoon called Talespin.

In the series, which aired between 1990 and 91, a character called Kit Cloudkicker – an animated brown bear cub – would jump out the back of his plane and ride through the clouds.

Mr Wypyszynkski has already built a scale model of his design for testing aerodynamics and some of the board’s much-needed safety features.

He is now preparing to build the first full-scale prototype, but needs to raise $275,000 (£191,000) to complete the project.

His website features videos showing the model in action and claims thrill seekers will soon be able to ‘carve the sky’.

In tests, the board is shown performing barrel rolls behind the aircraft. Mr Wypyszynski even believes it may become a popular spectator sport.

To get safely back to the ground, Mr Wypyszynkski explained that the Wingboarder would pull a parachute on their back, detach from the aircraft and descend safely.

A separate parachute in their board would also help it fall gently to Earth.

Mr Wypyszynkski said: ‘There has been no way to truly fly behind an aircraft. You can strap on a snowboard to your feet and go surfing, but really what you are doing is falling.

‘Wingboard is the only opportunity where you can stand with the wind in your face and control yourself in the sky.

‘The Wingboard combines the ability of a wakeboard or a snowboard and brings it to three dimensions.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/