About Guest Blogger Guilherme Watson

Guilherme Watson is the founder and director of Aerospace Innovations of Canada, a tech start-up based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. He is passionate about hang gliding and has more than a decade of work with Computational Fluid Dynamics. Guilherme has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of the Rio de Janeiro State and an M.B.A. in Project Management from the SENAC of Florianópolis, Brazil.

Hang Gliding Takes Quantum Leap with Simulation

hang gliding simulation side viewSince its creation, hang gliding has progressed solely — and often painfully — through experimentation. But engineering simulation is starting to change that.

The German inventor and flight pioneer Otto Lilienthal made over 2,000 flights as long as 820 feet in gliders he designed and flew in the 1890s. He died in 1896 from injuries sustained in a glider crash, but his well-documented accounts of theories and experiences with flight influenced many of the early aviation pioneers, including the Wright Brothers. Continue reading