Editor’s note: Livio Mengotti sent this comment regarding Dr. Steve Morris’s Swift’s first flights in California, under the pilotage of Brian Porter. (See “A Manned Swift Takes Flight,” March 1, 2010.) The videos are self-explanatory and filled with technical detail. Based on the videos, Switzerland is filled with open fields and glorious vistas awaiting aerial exploitation. Compare Livio’s undercarriage and pilot accommodations with those of Morris’s craft and the pod on Manfred Ruhmer’s Swift conversion. Note, also, that the motor is mounted on the front of the wing, instead of behind it, as on the other two examples.
Congratulations for your performance!
I built an electric Swift too. I made two flights on April 2010.
I can mount and remove the motor and the rechargeable battery with 5 bolts. So I can flight the Swift also without engine as a hang glider.
All the best for the further development of your Swift