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EAAer Launches WingBoard Project
September 18, 2014 - Imagine being towed through the air behind an airplane, like a wakeboarder or water skier being towed by a ski boat. That’s the general idea behind the WingBoard, which is being developed by former Young Eagle Aaron Wypyszynski, EAA Lifetime 579057, and president of EAA Chapter 190 in Meridianville, Alabama.
Wypyszynski was featured in a story during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 about his flight with EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker. The WingBoard project was mentioned in the story, but now Wypyszynski is launching an effort to get the product off the ground through his company, Wyp Aviation.
Wypyszynski calls the WingBoard “a wakeboard in three dimensions” that combines wakeboarding, skydiving, and wingsuit flying, permitting riders to carve through the sky while being towed behind an airplane.
It works through a close coupling of the rider, tow rope, and composite WingBoard. Its shape has a stable center of gravity while the rider, attached to the board with a binding, stands upright and leans and twists in all directions to maneuver the board. The unique tow rope design provides stability and also reduces forces on the rider.
The phase I prototype is a 1/6 scale model using a remote control airplane towing the WingBoard with a 3D-printed human model on board. Wypyszynski claims the prototype has proven the aerodynamic stability and control of the design.
Next up is work on a phase II prototype, a 40 percent scale model and final stepping stone toward the development of the full-scale prototype. Wypyszynski has launched a crowd funding campaign to generate funding for this next development, expected to run a little over six months. To learn more about the project, visit the Wyp Aviation website.