Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

by Philip Rossoni
Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders

by Philip Rossoni


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Go way beyond paper airplanes--with gliders you can control!

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 around the 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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071790567
Publisher: McGraw Hill LLC
Publication date: 08/05/2012
Series: Build Your Own
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
File size: 55 MB
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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

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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