WingBoard could let you fly amid clouds while being pulled by a plane
You can go wakeboarding or snowboarding anytime you want, but sadly there is no way to truly fly amid the clouds behind an aircraft. Drawing inspiration from a Wingboard showed in Talespin cartoon where an animated bear naked Kit Cloudkicker jumped onboard a wingboard to ride through the clouds behind an airborne plane; flight test engineer Aaron Wypyszynski, has designed a real-life WingBoard that would one day allow you and me to surf across the sky, while being pulled along by a plane.
Aaron Wypyszynski, founder of Wyp Aviation describes,
The WingBoard is like a wakeboard, but instead of slicing through waves behind a boat, you’re being towed by a plane, carving through clouds.
Sounds like a daredevil stun, but it’s for real and surfboard-shaped craft designed for wingboarding has been successfully test with a human-like dummy on board. The WingBoard provides the rider a very stable surfboard-style platform that carries the rider through the air in upright position. Check out the testing in video below.
The WakeBoard works with a system of cables, one end tied to the plane and the other to the WakeBoard and the rider. The board remains stable and withstands the weight of the human-like figure onboard. WakeBoard is fitted with wheels at the bottom, which allow it to roll behind the plane before takeoff and both rider and the board have a parachute to get back safely to the ground.
To make wingboarding a reality with WingBoard, Aaron is currently raising funds to complete the first prototype.