Daily Archives: January 23, 2014

Learn from A Paper Plane Glider

The basic principles of flight can be studied and learned from many references; textbooks, articles, forums, etc. Those info are only theoretical and a practical proof will definitely provide a quick understanding of the flight principles.  That can be applied to a paper plane glider.

Constructing a paper plane glider is much faster than constructing the model aviation. The parts’ template are printed on a paper and cut according to the shapes.

Notes: the scale of this paper plane glider does not have to be big for easy and quick construction (approximately 200 mm of wing span).


Paper glider 06 Rev0

Paper glider 02 Rev0

Once all the parts have been assembled and glued together, various experiments can be conducted so as to learn the flight aerodynamics; the effect of control surface, the effect of C.O.G location, the wing’s dihedral / polyhedral /anhedral angle, the effect of winglets, flaps, slats and many more.

Paper glider 05 Rev0

Paper glider 03 Rev0

The control surface, such as ailerons, elevators, rudders, canards, flaps, etc, can be adjusted by simply folding the paper. The position of the control surfaces determines the aircraft maneuver when thrown into the air. Adjusting the optimal C.O.G location can be a challenge by adding / removing small weight ( applying tape to the nose or tail ) incrementally until the paper plane can glide smoothly through the air. The thin airfoil may also be shaped to a curved-shape for generating more lift at slower flight speed. Each and every adjustment made will give different flight characteristics.

Paper glider 01 Rev0

Paper glider 04 Rev0

Prioritise the fun and the learning will come.

“ Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

                   – Benjamin Franklin


How to get into scratch building

You can follow these simple steps below:

1. Download the Design Plans.

2. Follow the printing instruction in the Design Plans.

3. Get the required Building Materials and Tools.

4. Prepare the Parts’ Template.

5. Start constructing each parts.

6. Assembling the Aircraft’s body.

7. Testing the Electronics and installing them.

8. Get to the Field.

9. Fly them!

Notes: For starters, you should get guidance from more experienced pilots, make sure you have try the simulator.

Safety First !

10. Share your success through social media.

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