According to hang-glider WANG Yong, he plans to attempt the first hang-glide flight across the Qiongzhou Strait on December 31st. After his successes in crossing the Gobi Desert in Gansu, and the Gilf of Jiaozhou in Qingdao, he hopes to also be the first to successfully fly a hang-glider across the Qiongzhou Strait, which separates Hainan Island from Mainland China.
Sponsored by Red Bull, WANG Yong plans to take off from Haikou City’s Xinbu Island, and land in Haian, Guangzhou Province after flying across the Strait. The distance between the two points is about 30 km, and is expected to take 1-1.5 hours. This flight will challenge WANG Yong with unpredictable sea winds and conditions, as well as a longer flight time than his previous successful flights in Gansu and Qingdao.
For safety, the flight will be accompanied by two rescue boats, with lifeguards. The China Aviation Association has also set up a special meteorological support group in order to assist in the flight planning and safety measures.
One goal of the Qiongzhou Strait flight is to explore and promote ways for the public, through small, lightweight, inexpensive and reliable equipment, to achieve commonly available flight at low altitudes, in order to meet the growing leisure and entertainment needs of the public . According to WANG Yong, if the successfully crosses the Qiongzhou Strait, he plans to attempt the 200 km wide Taiwan Strait next.
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