Ever wondered how birds glide in the sky without flapping their wings? Other than have hollow wing structure, their high aspect ratio and perfect balance helps them to ride with the wind. If you can grasp these concepts, you too can build a glider that is able to float in the air for long periods of time.
Glider flying are first stages for anyone who wish to learn about the aerodynamics and essentials of flight design. It challenges the fundamentals while exploring creativity in designing new crafts. It also pushes the boundaries of workmanship to build complicated structures while maintain light weight.
These gliders can be flown indoors and outdoors, depending on the build.
Hand Launch GLiders
There are many ways to launch a glider, even if you are just using your hands. You can toss it straight ahead, swing it out in the air, and even launch your craft like you are launching a discus. The planes, if well balanced, will be able to generate enough lift to keep it afloat for long durations.
Catapult-launched gliders are shot off the sky using a launching handle. The planes have to be built light in order for them to stay in the air. The control surfaces are trimmed slightly so that they can circle round and glide longer.
Rubber-powered gliders, as the name suggests, uses an elastic rubber band to propel them forward. The rubber band is wound to store potential energy. When released, the rubber band unwinds itself, converting this potential energy to turn the propeller. Built carefully, some can stay aloft for forty minutes or longer.
Free Flight Gliders
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