I designed the SkyCub to replace the Apprentice. Like most all of its primary trainer predecessors, the Apprentice had been developed from an old flying wing design in order to enable conversions of existing airframes. For the "PT-X IV Project", I decided to try something new and develop the aircraft from an existing conventional airplane. The Harrier family proved to be the best choice for pursuit and soon a prototype SkyCub was made. In testing, it excelled. Following testing, its suitability as a primary trainer was tested and affirmed.
Given its specifications geared specifically toward new aviators, the SkyCub is a natural choice for classroom use. Its simple, safe design and operation make it an easy aircraft to use indoors. Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper