OK...I was watching a youtube video(Link is below) of the GO FAST sports team, And they were testing out a pretty cool "Catapult/Slingshot" to launch themselves into the air then parachuting back down to the ground.Since I dont have a jump plane,I thought I would Build a scale version of it.I am still working On the way it is going to be "powered".
The one in the video is powered by a counter-wait.My Dad suggested of using a spring loaded launch, His idea is to take two 25' quarter inch thick pipes and cut out a one inch
strip legnth-wise from one end to the other, then attaching them to a base about 8' apart.The springs would slide into the pipes wich then would be capped off at the top after placing some kind ofplug that would slide freely through the pipes.then basicaly just attach some bungie cord,rope or surrigical tubing, then to a "cockpit/basket" of some sort.
I did not know my dad was so interested when i asked him for some advise...
Its kinda hard for me to explain, but just check the video out and you should get the basic idea.(iam only planning of launching my jumper to around 80 feet or so)
I am still planning on buying a jump plane later on, but i think it would be cool to be able to just walk out my door and practice some flying or manuevers with my jumper.
Let me know what you guys think...Any and all suggetions are greatly welcomed.
Thank you and here is that video>>>>> [link]http://youtube.com/watch?v=zaxgbhkuxLc&feature=related[/link]