Since the Starhawk's publication, I had wanted a comparable plane that could do even more in just about the same package. Although other airplanes like the StarVigilante were tried, they did not carry over many, if any, of the strong points offered by the Starhawk's design. Early in May 2012, a new idea hit me. Rearranging the structure, I found I could make an airplane with a very similar layout. From this effort came an additional two skids, which raised the design from its original "bicycle" configuration. The XA166-1 design performed so well in testing that a new variant called the YA166-2 was derived from it. (The YA166-2 will likely be featured in its own instructable in the near future).
Educators could easily use this versatile paper airplane to demonstrate:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
- Flight dynamics
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper