The Simple Voyager design was developed to meet a requirement sent to me by a teacher who wished to show her students a practical demonstration of shapes and area calculation in the real world. She had determined that the most suitable way to accomplish this while still intriguing students was utilize paper airplanes. When contacted, I suggested that miniature paper airplanes would be ideal, and she agreed. After some discussion on what I would need to make, it was agreed that a small, easy-to-make drone paper airplane would be best.
My design choices in making the Simple Voyager were quite elementary. The SkyVoyager's design was used as a primary basis, though some modifications were made. The constant chord wing was retained for its ability to be easily crafted and quickly augmented if desired. To add to the aircraft's operational simplicity, the design was made to be a tandem biplane--a configuration known for good glide ratios and pitch stability. After only 15 minutes of tinkering with this design, the first prototype Simple Voyager was flown and performed excellently. It had been a wonderful aircraft to built.
As always, I am happy to assist educators, should they have any questions, comments or requests. If they have a lesson plan that they'd like to find an aircraft for, I'm sure I can be of assistance.
Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
- Glide ratio
- Weight and balance
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
TAA USAF Designation: D233-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (3 by 8 boxes). Then mark out the horizontal stabilizers by following the pattern shown.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches