Even months before the Voyager first flew in November 2011, the concept for this airplane existed and was being pursued. The concept was for a small paper airplane that could be easily made and operated in the classroom for demonstrations of a variety of topics to students. I spoke with several teachers about how they could use a small paper airplane and for what. From there, I optimized the aircraft toward their needs. Due to some delays, I eventually merged my requirement for a new small cruiser paper airplane into this initiative. The SkyVoyager is the result.
The SkyVoyager is suitable in the classroom for experiments looking into:
- Glide ratio
- Weight and balance
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- How surface inequality can affect aircraft (geometry/shape studies)
- Other physics experiments
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 10 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