This is a test of a single skin sparless kite based on NASA's Parawing (NPW) with an added foil section in the nose.
The spring time weather is very nice in Copenhagen. Time for a test flight of the latest strange creation to emerge from my sewing machine. This kite is pretty much a flat sheet of fabric with angled ends measuring 5 square meters. The TE has two small notches to maintain concave curve.
+ Easy to make, totally flat canopy, straight line sewing.
. Kite is reversable. Kite flew much better with cells above the canopy instead of below.
- Smaller window than NPWC v8. I'll try 'real' test flights once I tune the bridle to see if this is really the case.
+ The nose did not collapse.
+ No bananna effect in TE of cell.
+ Cells inflated well.
- Not stable, 'nose heavy'.
+ Small notches in TE was enough to prevent any TE flap.
I am still processing what I learned during the test flight. This is an odd creature.