Tim Weaver, a hang pilot I met at the beach trip in issue #15, sent a CD of still shots he took of those first flights I made.
This shot shows a little of the shoulder straps that allow me to take all the weight of the glider onto my shoulders which frees both hands to either control the rudders, balance the wings level using body torque or keep the nose down when launching.
Here I am ready to start my launch and you can see that I've got both hands up on the diagonals to steady the wings and keep them level. As soon as I'm ready to go, I dropped both hands onto the hang tubes well toward the leading edge to keep the nose from coming up which it wants to do (and it will stall if you let this happen with no downward pressure).
I have just left the ground in this shot and where you see me hanging is about where I set the hang strap length. My forearms are just about parallel to the hang tubes which may seem high but that's where I felt I had the most control.
Notice I've deployed the right rudder, probably to counter a heading just after launch that was taking me too far off the wind to the left just after launching.
Here you see the result of that rudder control move. The rudders are really effective, even at low airspeeds.
In this shot I've leveled out again and am trying to manage a smooth turn toward a final glide path to the beach.
Sweet flying glider! Starting to think about a gradient in the breeze as I glide out of the gentle lift band against the dune.
Gliding on in I get ready to run it on and stall the root. The glider was amazingly easy to stop. The tips kept flying as I stalled the root and had no problem catching the glider as I touched down.
The next time out I'm hoping to get some better video footage so you can see more clearly what's going on during a launch and landing.