The SkyOrion was designed and published prior to the introduction of features such as leading edge root extensions (LERX), and so it did not benefit or even take advantage of these advances. By November 2012, I decided that the SkyOrion had gone long enough without a successor, and so I began an effort to replace it with a better aircraft. This effort culminated in the StratoBolt.
The StratoBolt is quite versatile, and can be used by educators easily.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance