The Shark was produced by Pacific Kites in New Zealand probably in 1982 and 1983. It had no keel pocket and the double surface was about 80 or 90%. I think only a few were made and it was never fully developed. Performance was good but handling was not.
[Traduction du commentaire original en Anglais]Excellente en ligne droite - vraiment difficile à tourner - elle qui voulait continuer à avancer droit.J'ai vu un ami voler sur un Shark emprunté qui a failli rentré dans un peuplier à cause de cela lors de la configuration de son atterrissage.Il a bien atterri.
Les virages ont été améliorés par des spoilers latéraux supérieurs - qui pourrait également être utilisé pour les freins à air.
Cependant, le Shark devient une aile de pendulaire impressionnante.
Nous avons vu un pendulaire qui avait un moteur de 440cc et cette chose était une machine bestiale impressionnante.
Ce fut bien sûr dans les années 80 ...
hile surfing the net recently i saw this picture of my glider! The site was the 1700 ft launch at the Paeroa Range near Rotorua, NZ. That was obviously a windy day with 3 wire men. I think i went backwards that day hence the initial shot still battling back to the ridge face directly after launch. would love higher res images for album.
[Traduction du commentaire original en Anglais]Pour info... Le Shark était construit en Nouvelle Zélande par mon vieux pote Warren Bird de Flight Sails NZ, et non pas par Pacific kites (qui eux construisaient le Vampire)
J'en ai encore un en stock.
You need to put the Shark under a new Manufacturer , Flight Sails NZ Ltd , Auckland , New Zealand (there were two manufacturers in New Zealand during the late 70's ,early 80's.......Pacific Kites and Flight Sails) Thank you.....I have lots of Photos if you would like some posted :)
Re 'Sharks' built in New Zealand by Flight Sails (New Zealand) Ltd in 1982.Please feel free to use this photoset and update your records , thanks.....
Sorry Steve for getting Pacific Kites and Flight Sails mixed up. I always thought they were the same company. My Lancer4 had logos for both Pacific Kites and Flight Sails on the sail. I guess Flight Sails sometimes made sails for PK?I remembered Lionel's Shark having the Flight Sails logo on it but always incorrectly that PK made it.
Designed by Warren Bird with help from Bob Martin. I had the first production Shark and they were gradually de-tuned from then on to try to improve the handling. Amazing glide but it could lock into straight flight and it could be frightening. Once we put the spoilers on that helped. This was the first Delta to beat the Manta Fledgling when flown by Graeme Bird at the 1981 World Champs in Japan.
I put a British Tri-pacer trike, 330cc motor on mine and it made an impressive microlight. I flew it across Foveaux Strait in the first crossing by a microlight in 1981. It was an impressive machine, the sail was beautiful but the handling was horrifying at times. Sometimes it would turn and sometimes it wouldn't.
It should be listed under Flight Sails, it was certainly not Pacific Kites.
Flight Sails NZ ltd fait le "Shark"....... Pacific Kites fait le Vampyr ...... merci (Deux constructeurs différents à Auckland en Nouvelle Zélande réalisant deux hang gliders très différents)