WingBoard takes wakeboarding to the skies
Aaron Wypyszynski aims to design the impossible. The master in Aeronautical Engineering wants to take wakeboarders riding the skies of the world. No joke.
The man behind "WingBoard" began carving the skies when he was only 13. As time passed by, he dedicated his life to airplanes and impossible inventions. Now, he wants to project wakeboarding into the atmosphere.
"There's been truly no way to fly behind an aircraft. WingBoard is unique because it's the only opportunity for you to stand, having the wind in your face, and controlling yourself in the sky," explains Wypyszynski.
"The rider stands in an upright position, similar to a wakeboarder, allowing him or her to lean and twist in all directions while still maintaining a stable stance to brace against the tow forces."
The "WingBoarder" starts the same way a glider starts: on tow behind the tow plane. The inventor also underlines that there are two options for landing: a rolling landing or parachute landing.
A 1:6 scale model has been built, and its aerodynamics have been successfully tested. The next phases are the construction of a 2:5 model and the final production of a full-scale prototype.