Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Wyp Aviation Wingboard: Safety Methods Patented

As the world population continues to rise, more and more shark attacks are likely to happen.  This creates a problem.  The beach is no longer a safe, fun-filled destination for surfing and other similar ocean activities.  However, it is known that sharks cannot fly.  Therefore, the sky must be the only safe place for such fun activities.
Aaron Wypyszynski, a man too tall for the Air Force, patented what is known as the Wyp Aviation wingboard (U.S. Pat. No. 9,637,238), a device configured to allow a user to hang-on for dear life as they knife through air while attached to a plane.  The device allows the user an airborne experience similar to water skiing or wakeboarding.  Obviously, the device includes a number of safety features.  First, the rider wears a parachute.  Second, both feet are restrained to a single binding so that both legs come undone simultaneously, rather than a single leg freely swinging in the wind.  The rider may depress a manual release button so that they are no longer coupled to the wingboard.  Alternatively, the pilot may press an automatic release button to release their flying friend.

While this invention may seem extremely novel, it was deemed allowable by the Examiner for having a binding that is released in response to a force or a rotation speed.  Additionally, the tow rope (rope 7) may be released in response to a combination of a sensed speed, a sensed rotation rate, and/or a sensed acceleration.  This illustrates an important point when filing patent applications.  While products may seem novel, it may be beneficial to include safety methods or other methods of operation to overcome 102 and 103 rejections.


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