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.
Great in a straight line - really hard to turn - that is it wanted to keep on going straight.Saw a friend almost fly a borrowed Shark into a poplar tree because of this while setting up his landing.He landed OK.
Turning was improved by upper wing spoilers - which also could be used for air brakes
However the Shark made one awesome trike wing.
Saw a trike that had a 440cc engine -and that thing was a awesome beast of a machine.
This was of course in the 80's...
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.
Thought you'd like to know....the Shark was built in New Zealand by my old friend Warren Bird of Flight Sails NZ...and not Pacific Kites (who were building a glider at that time called the Vampyr)
Best Regards, Steve (I still have mine in storage)
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)
Est-il possible pour le "Shark" sous son propre fabricant Flight Sails Nouvelle-Zélande .... Si vous faites cela, je vais vous envoyer des photos des autres planeurs hangars qu'ils ont fait, y compris le Santanna et le Sabre ....... ..... il n'est pas juste de créditer le Shark aux Pacific Kites qui étaient des concurrents ..... merci beaucoup (j'ai travaillé chez Flight Sails avec Warren et Graham Bird .... et .Bob Martin)