There always seems to be a new thing to do when you just finished doing something that you never done before. It seems as though your body always craves the adrenaline rush and the excitement of it all. That’s why I tried out this new activity this weekend called Delta Wing at the aerodrome of Saint Francois. With its low speed and flying qualities, the pendulum ULM allows short take-offs and landings, which in particular allow for short and slow landing in an open field. To ensure optimum safety, flights are always at a sufficient altitude to be able to land by hovering to the aerodrome or on practicable grounds. The characteristics of the new generation wing, without mat and with rigid and profiled uprights, improve the comfort of flight and the distance that can be covered by hovering engine. At a 100 meters altitude you can hover over 1 kilometer.
Fling under a Delta Wing and gliding gently over the lagoons of Saint Francois was a real trill for me. I discovered the softness and stability of the flight with an exceptional panoramic view of the the whole east side of the island of Guadeloupe. It was so comfortable that even in the open air you can fly barefoot and you will experience the sensations of a real bird glider!
ULM means Ultra Light Motorized. An ULM must respect certain constraints, including maximum weight like 450 kg for a two-seater, and engine power that’s limited.The passenger and the pilot both have the same view points. ULMs, like airplanes, must be approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The specifications are very strict. The pendulum wings are designed to withstand stresses up to 6 times the maximum allowable take-off weight.
Flight Stability Of The Pendular
The concept of the pendulum with the motorized carriage suspended from the wing brings a great stability to the flight. When the wing moves, the carriage remains stable. In addition, the shape and the so-called “freestanding” profile of the delta wings allows the wing to return naturally and automatically to the equilibrium position for a stabilized flight.
This is one of the main reasons why I choose to go on a Delta Wing tour in Guadeloupe. I feel so much more at ease when I am sitting in a carriage instead of just hanging on with your hands. The other reason is because of the sensational views there is to see on this side of the island. You really get to understand the geography of Guadeloupe a lot better which will enable you to visit and discover beautiful and hidden creeks and beaches on your own.
Lets not forget about one of the most important details about this amazing excursion is its price. Starting from 50 euros for 2 runs you can get a thrill of a life time on a Delta Wing. You can go on the Pointe des Chateaux tour, or the Anse a la Gourde tour as well because there just as good. I highly recommend going on this activity because its not something that you can do anywhere and at any given time. So when you do get a chance to do something outrageous like this take advantage of it and just do it!