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