Justin “JGAF” Gafford has really been banging out the videos lately. Check out this cool new one of his latest Buzz build… sweet!
Posts Tagged ‘UltraBatics’
Ultra-Batics or UltraBatics is short for “Ultralight Slope Aerobatics” and refers to 3 or 4 axis aerobatic gliders that are ultra-lightweight, ultra-maneuverable, and ultra-durable. Hence, UltraBatic.
The UltraBatics movement started here in Santa Barbara, California in the summer of 2011, and is now spreading around the world. UltraBatics is the product of collaboration between “Swiss Peter” Richner, Dawson Henderson of Flagstaff, Arizona and myself Steve “Surfimp” Lange.
Combining ultralight building techniques perfected by Peter with my Le Fish aerobatics glider design and Dawson’s innovative Henderson Pulley, we were able to create ultralight versions of the plane that were less than 1/2 the normal weight, allowing a radically new style of extremely close-in, low altitude flying in very light lift. These planes are fully aerobatic in as little as 6-8mph at a decent slope, but can also fly in 20-25mph and thermal, too.
UltraBatics gliders – “UItraBats” – are generally constructed from EPP and/or Depron foam, are covered in lightweight yet very durable laminating film, use minimal carbon fiber spars for reinforcement, and generally have wingloadings in the 4 – 6 oz/sq.ft. (12-20 g/dm^2) range. Some of the most radical examples employ Madslide-inspired horizontal stabilizers, controlled by Henderson Pulleys, which are capable of 180° rotation. This allows them to do radical filp maneuvers in the style invented by Benoit Paysant-Le Roux.
UltraBatics takes inspiration from three main sources:
1. The Dream-Flight Alula and Weasel
2. The Madslide aerobatics glider of Benoit Paysant-Le Roux of France
3. The French VTPR (“voltige tres pres du relief” aka “aerobatics very close to the ground”) flying style
The intention of UltraBatics is to explore new possibilites in slope aerobatics. We are limited only by what we can imagine.
A new one of Justin “JGAF” Gafford’s own-design, 70″ wingspan Hubris flying some “weightless acro” at Bill’s. Some super smooth flying and that cool realtime slow-motion effect that is a key part of the whole ultrabatic vibe. Super cool!
Here’s a beautiful and really fun-to-watch video from Dawson Henderson flying his ultralight Le Fish at Mormon Lake Overlook in northern Arizona. Dawson is really killing it here, showing the wide versatility of his flying style. Great soundtrack too. Enjoy!!
This is so cool! Matt Stringer, an accomplished 3D and pattern pilot, has designed his own aerobatic slope glider called the Super Guppy. Taking a cue from the tall fuselage shapes characteristic of Swiss Peter’s Swiss Fish designs as well as Justin Gafford’s Buzz, Matt’s Super Guppy also includes fully flying elevator and rudder for Madflight-style flip action. The Super Guppy is Super Cool!! It’s great to see talented pilots like Matt getting involved in the ultrabatics movement. Yewwww!!
Justin “JGAF” Gafford has developed a new ultralight glider named the Hubris. It appears to take some design cues from Justin’s previous 50″ design, the Buzz, and upsizes it into a very attractive larger package. Seen here being put through its paces at Dave’s Beach in Carlsbad, it’s quite clear that this plane is a winner!! Very nice work and great flying
More info available in this thread on RCGroups.
A new video from Justin “JGAF” Gafford of a green and black Buzz flying at Bluff Park. Some seriously nice rail touch-and-goes, and some great tempo changes from hovering to carving. I really like the direction he went with the flying on this one, very fun!
The latest from Dawson, with soundtrack by Stevie Ray Vaughn. Enjoy!
Justin “JGAF” Gafford flying his Buzz in light-but-perfect lift at Point Fermin… normally more the domain of heavy PSS sleds and F3F machines, but it just goes to show that on the right day, it’s a great ultrabatics spot, too