Here’s Justin “JGAF” Gafford again with another cool session at Bluff Park in Long Beach. He is flying his 50″ (1.27m), 12oz (340g) scratchbuilt Swiss Fish and really put on a nice display. This plane really performs in light conditions, with exception knife edge capabilities and super rolls. Really fun to watch how Justin jives it across the liftband!
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I had 30 minutes to fly Bluff Park in Long Beach with Justin “JGAF” Gafford before having to race home to Santa Barbara. We made the most of it!
Conditions were about 14-16mph from the right, more than plenty for us to have a lot of fun with our ultrabatics planes
Justin was flying his all-white 50″ (1270mm) 12oz (340g) scratchbuilt Swiss Fish, and I was flying my white-and-black 60″ (1500mm) 17oz (480g) Le Fish built in the ultralight fashion pioneered and perfected by our mutual friend, Peter Richner.
Video from this weekend’s trip to Torrey Pines – first time I flew there, didn’t get great conditions but it was enough to have fun!
Met up with Justin Gafford and had a great time flying and hanging out with him. He laid down some sweet flying with his scratchbuilt 12oz Swiss Fish – check out the endless knife edge!! Pretty awesome
A new one from Justin “Jitter” Gafford, winner of the VTPR category of the 2012 video contest! He’s flying a Swiss Fish designed by “Swiss Peter” Richner at Bluff Park in Long Beach, California. Super fun flying!
An awesome video of Justin “Jitter” Gafford flying a plane he built with Swiss Peter Richner. They made a road trip up to the Central Coast and flew a few spots along the way, all in very light lift conditions. I don’t think you can find a better example of the versatility and sheer fun potential of an ultrabatics glider! Dig the sweet rolling circle… so much radness here!
Another great video from Justin and Peter… wow, if this doesn’t make you want to go fly right now, I think you’d better check your pulse! Justin is flying a 74″ version of the Swiss Fish which Peter designed. Really beautiful flying, great editing and camera angles, and a perfect soundtrack. Winning!
Video of Justin Gafford flying a 74″ Swiss Fish designed by Peter Richner. Looks like it was a fun day out at Ellwood!
I’m really stoked to see this development! This is the Traceur VTPR glider by Modellbau Joost of Germany. It’s one of the first commercial offerings inspired directly by the ultralight Le Fish and Swiss Fish designs that Swiss Peter and I have been working on here in the US. I’m tremendously excited and honored to see these ideas spreading globally!
The Traceur incorporates all of the cool new things we’ve discovered over the past year:
- Ultralightweight construction from EPP with carbon fiber reinforcement and lamintating film covering
- A Madslide-inspired all moving stabilizer capable of close to 180* rotation and actuated by a Henderson Pulley
- Pre-cut Swiss lightening holes for reduced weight and a cool newschool aesthetic
- A two piece wing design for portability
Overall this design looks to be very promising and I can’t wait to begin seeing video of it in action. It’s a wonderful time to be involved in slope aerobatics and VTPR – we are creating the future one day at a time!
Read more about the 1.4m Traceur ultralight VTPR glider at the Modellbau Joost website (German).
What a great video! Suuuuper smooth and elegant, showing the kind of polish that you can only get by flying nearly every day. So creative and beautiful, and so much fun!! Watch for the amazing save after a flip gone wrong… such a great sequence. Dawson is a true master of the art of stylish aerobatic flying, and this is one of his best videos yet!