I’m wondering if the latest huge wings could open up opportunities for sustained very low speed flight for lighter riders (sub 170lbs) with existing low-power options already on the market.
For example, combining the huge Gong XXL Wing (which has a surface area of roughly 2,500cm) and the Bixpy Jet (30lbs of thrust). A Bixpy can power a SUP up to 6mph. I’ve read that huge wings can fly at less than 4-5mph, so in theory could this work or would the motor pod, cable, and foil create too much drag? Perhaps paddle and pumping assist to get it up on flying?
A saw a video recently of a Scuba Jet, 2000cm Wing, and 140lb rider having sustained flight for 15 minutes with just a little pumping here and there.