Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

by Philip Rossoni

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Paper airplanes are designed to be built and tossed.The walkalong gliders in this book are designed to let you actually pilot them as you push them along on a wave of air. Become an accomplished glider designer and aviator with this do-it-yourself guide. Detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with hundreds of photographs show you how to build six different types of controllable gliders. All the materials you need can be found aroundthe house or purchased very inexpensively. Each design comes with specific instructions on how to climb and turn, from the simple paper airplane designs to handling the Jumbo's four-foot wingspan.

Inside you'll find:

  • Step-by-step instructions for building six unique walkalong gliders
    • Tumblewing
    • Paper airplane surfer
    • X-surfer
    • Jumbo
    • Butterfly glider
    • Baby bug
  • Guidance on how to gracefully take off, maintain altitude, steer, maneuver, and land your creations
  • Tips for putting on fun competitions at school or in your neighborhood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071790550
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2012
Series: Build Your Own Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Philip Rossoni is a commercial glider pilot and has flown as a test pilot, evaluating prototype thermal detection devices for Airborne Research Associates. He volunteers in the Exhibit Hall Interpretation Department at the Museum of Science, Boston, helping museum visitors learn to fly walkalong gliders.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Walkalong Glider Designs

Ch. 1: The Tumblewing

Ch. 2: The Paper Airplane Surfer

Ch. 3: The X-Surfer

Ch. 4: The Jumbo

Ch. 5: Designs Made from Natural Materials

Part II: Achieving Sustained and Controlled Flight

Ch. 6: Meteorology Considerations

Ch. 7: Flying the Tumblewing Basic Trainer

Ch. 8: Straight and Level Flight

Ch. 9: Gaining Altitude

Ch. 10: Cross Country Walkalong Glider Flights

Ch. 11: Wake Turbulence Avoidance

Part III: Walkalong Glider Competitions

Ch. 12: The Duration Event

Ch. 13: The Distance Event

Ch. 14: The Air Race Event

Ch. 15: The Altitude Event

Ch. 16: Sumo

Ch. 17: Airlift Event

Ch. 18: The Dog Fight Event

Ch. 19: The Obstacle Course Event

Part IV: Becoming a Walkalong Glider Flight Instructor

Ch. 20: Finding Suitable Airspace for your Students

Ch. 21: The First Flight

Ch. 22: Walkalong Gliding Maneuvers Syllabus

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