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Human-Powered Aircraft Flight Simulator

Have any of you seen a human-powered aircraft before?

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As a cyclist and a long-time lover of aviation, I thought it might be cool to develop a flight simulator for human-powered aircraft that would use a stationary bicycle setup much like Zwift does.

At present, human-powered aircraft in real life have been built for engineering challenges rather than for recreation or sport, but the Icarus Cup held annually at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire County of the UK wants to change this (http://www.bhpfc.org.uk).  Additionally, some teams around the globe are striving to construct an aircraft that could be suitable for sport purposes.  The aircraft must be unpacked from a transport container, assembled, take-off under muscle power only, fly a triangular course in moderate winds, land safely, and be disassembled within a time limit.

A human-powered aircraft fight simulator could serve multiple purposes:

  1. Give cyclists another potentially fun and challenging indoor activity.
  2. Promote the emerging sport of human-powered aircraft.
  3. Teach prospective pilots how to fly these kinds of aircraft.
  4. Keep veteran pilot’s flying skills (and fitness) sharp when weather conditions are poor or when aircraft are not available.

If there was a game available that could give you your bike workout by flying and racing virtual planes, would you buy it?

Share your inspirational Zwift story with others!

Do you have an inspirational story to share? Personal struggles you’ve had to overcome to get where you are, and get on the bike? Tough medical history, accident, trauma or unexpected health condition that you pushed past to keep riding?

We want to hear about it, and so does Zwift!

This site is the meeting place for stories, anecdotes, HOWTOs and other great stories from fellow Zwifters and community ombudspersons. Feel free to log in and create your own story, content or material to share with others.

Most-recently, Derek has written a very detailed and touching story about his triumph over cancer and personal struggle. I’ve also written my own short biography and I would love to encourage others to do the same!

Zwift is now accepting the stories you write and submit and compiling them into a monthly series they’re calling “The #ZwiftEffect”. Each month, a new inspirational story will be shared and published in their series.

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Zwift is all about our amazing community. Without you, we’d be riding alone in our pain caves with no one to share our workouts with. Since launch, we’ve been blown away by all of the inspirational stories that have come from people like you who are using Zwift. We’d love to share these stories with the rest of the community in a new blog/film series we’re calling “The #ZwiftEffect”

The #ZwiftEffect will feature stories about riders like you from all over the globe where Zwift has made an impact on their lives. Whether you’ve become faster in your local ride, used Zwift during an injury/illness, seen a significant weight loss or just got back on the bike after a long break, we want to hear about it!

If you’d like your story to be considered, please take a moment to:

  1. Contact us at mystory@zwift.com, with the subject line “My Story”
  2. Describe your story in a few paragraphs. Tell us who you are, where you live, how long you’ve been cycling and how Zwift has affected your life.
  3. Include some hi-res photos (at least 935 pixels x 550 pixels) of yourself, your Zwift station, and anything else that helps color your story.

We’re excited to bring you this monthly series that spotlights your inspirational stories from around the world. Every Zwifter has a story. We can’t wait to hear yours.

Ride On!

So get on it, write your story today and be a part of the growing community that helps to encourage, inspire and motivate others to keep pedaling on! #RideOn!