Practicality is different from physicsPD Gorby 67 wrote:There is a reason why fixed wing aircraft don’t fly backwards.
Agreed completely, part of the beauty of foilboarding is it's performance and efficiency. Take that away by making it a TT and you take away it's reason to be.PD Gorby 67 wrote:I agree that one could come up with some way of making a bi-directional hydrofoil, but will it be more efficient than current or future designs of twin tip boards?
Since trying to get a hydrofoil to fly backwards requires compromises in efficiency, then the gains of having the foil there in the first place would quickly get negated.
Also, since the biggest allure of TT's is how easy it is to change direction, then you would also have to find a way to have that foil go from flying backwards to flying forwards and not have a drop in elevation beyond the length of the strut. The examples mentioned of other aircraft being able to do those things have other sources of power to help in the direction changes.
Anything is technically possible, but we need efficiency and simplicity, to make this better than a "conventional" twin tip.
Performance to whom? LEIs are still being sold.. (Starsky's comment sounded to me only race specific evolution).Starsky wrote:In the real world of the foreseeable future, Its a simple direct route to performance when you accept that its a directional and you gotta move your feet.
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