posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 04:47 PM
I'm, honestly, a bit torn on this one.
First, the dynamics of flap-driven flight is a bit of a mysterious topic. I do note, however, that the "flapping" of those wings is more of a
twisting/rolling of the leading edge with a power stroke. So it's not a mere "up and down" motion of the wings.
The real issue, however, is the power necessary for flight, itself. The power produced by the flapping motion must equal, at a bare minimum, the
power necessary to lift the body off the ground to its apex and accelerate it to the velocity observed. This guy is a push-up monster, presuming he
really did fly in the manner demonstrated in the video.
I would say that it's possible. However, the engineering and physical challenges of accomplishing what we see in the video are equal to the CGI
challenges of hoaxing it.
I am, however, impressed that he was able to retain control over the mechanisms as well as he was for his first time using them (I presume). Having
considerable experience with designing hobby and model aircraft - the dynamics have a weird way of being fickle - particularly with long, low-mass
structures that like to whip around all over creation.