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Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders (Build Your Own)

Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders (Build Your Own) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Rossoni

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Go way beyond paper airplanes--with gliders you can control!

Paper airplanes are designed to be built and tossed. The walkalong gliders in this book are designed to let you actually pilot them as you push them along on a wave of air. Become an accomplished glider designer and aviator with this do-it-yourself guide. Detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with hundreds of photographs show you how to build six different types of controllable gliders. All the materials you need can be found around the house or purchased very inexpensively. Each design comes with specific instructions on how to climb and turn, from the simple paper airplane designs to handling the Jumbo's four-foot wingspan.

Inside you'll find:

  • Step-by-step instructions for building six unique walkalong gliders
    • Tumblewing
    • Paper airplane surfer
    • X-surfer
    • Jumbo
    • Butterfly glider
    • Baby bug
  • Guidance on how to gracefully take off, maintain altitude, steer, maneuver, and land your creations
  • Tips for putting on fun competitions at school or in your neighborhood

About the Author

Philip Rossoni is a commercial glider pilot and has flown as a test pilot, evaluating prototype thermal detection devices for Airborne Research Associates. He volunteers in the Exhibit Hall Interpretation Department at the Museum of Science, Boston, helping museum visitors learn to fly walkalong gliders.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 64388 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J58DAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concepts of Flight 26 Aug 2012
By G Buck - Published on
Phil Rossoni has done it again. The author has taken the concepts involved in fight and engineering and made them accessible to the novice builder and aviator. Each glider model that is introduced in the how-to guide is presented with precise instructions detailing construction and explanations of flight design concepts that will further improve the pilot's success in controlling the glider's flight. Each successive glider model presented increases in complexity, but the detailed photographs, drawings, and commentaries aid in accurate interpretation of the instruction text and understanding the principles involved in flight. Rossoni's references to observations made in the world around us, such as a bird's flight pattern around obstacles, link the developing knowledge of flight with our understanding of the world as we see it. These associations create a deeper understanding of the concepts involved in flight while encouraging the glider builder to seek answers in the natural world.

Rossoni encourages the glider builder and pilot to experiment with designs and flight techniques, offering suggestions along the way. Through his encouragement, the novice builder and pilot learns to apply scientific and engineering practices that lead to design modifications that improve control of the glider's flight.

The author ends the book with a chapter titled "More Fun With Walkalong Gliders" in which he provides suggestions for piloting the walkalong glider and then sharing the new found appreciation for controlled flight. Step-by-step instructions and pointers are provided for launching, flying, and landing the glider. Rossoni next shares his experiences with competitions and glider lessons. He provides pointers for walkalong glider competitions and what to expect when participating in a walkalong glider competition so that newcomers, as well as experienced pilots, can share their appreciation, enthusiasm, and knowledge.

This book offers an excellent avenue to introduce the elements of flight. Middle school students can begin to independently follow the precise instructions and explanations about concepts in flight. The author provides tips and encouragement for the more advanced designs and construction materials. Pilots of all ages and abilities can begin to learn about and enjoy controlled flight with Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders. A recommended guide for learning about flight in a hands-on manner.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Paper Airplane Guy Says: 2 Sep 2012
By John Collins - Published on
If you only buy one book of paper airplanes this year, of course, it should be one of mine. But, if you're looking to broaden your aerial experience, Philip Rossoni has written "Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders".

It's a remarkable volume for it's breadth of flying models, from paper to foam to insect cadavers. Phil walks you through the construction (although not capturing and drying). More importantly, he teaches you how to fly them. With some practice, you'll be easily smashing the Guinness flight duration record for paper airplanes. (Guinness banned this kind of airplane from their records for paper aircraft. )

Mr. Rossoni is an accomplished commercial glider pilot. Few of us in the folded flight world have his depth of experience at the visceral level. I include a couple of planes like this in my book "Fantastic Flight". But here, Phil goes much deeper. There are paper aircraft in this volume, but it's not really a paper airplane book. It's meant to introduce and teach the art of flying a small aircraft on a wave of air generated by the pilot. If that sounds intriguing, this book is for you.

John M. Collins
Guinness World Record holder for Paper Aircraft Distance
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to walkalong gliders! 23 Aug 2012
By Flyingwigs - Published on
This book is great for beginners to flying as well as veteran builders. it goes into depth about how the flight of a walkalong works, where and how lift affects the aircraft, and even a very detailed troubleshooting guide for the models. the planes described in it fly great, and the build instructions are easy to follow. i wasn't feeling adventurous enough to try the "real butterfly glider" but i have made some styrofoam copies that fly great as well.
its good because you can jump right in and build a plane and all the flying and trim instructions are right there, you don't really need the in-depth portion to get going, but its great knowledge and would only help your understanding of how it all functions.
to put it nicely, i was even able to get my wife to build and fly a model from this book :D

i'd really like to see a Part Two that shows how to build a few more designs and good steps on how to design gliders from 3-views of real aircraft.

all-in-all, its a great book that i'd recommend to anyone!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walkalong Gliders (Build and Pilot Your Own) 7 Aug 2012
By Samuel J. P. Grills - Published on
Inspired by Tyler's Air Surfer walkalong glider, Commercial Glider pilot, Phil Rossoni (See About the Author), pursues the evolution of design, build and demonstration of flying a variety of Walkalong Gliders in his new book. (See Preface)
Tyler is the son of Dr. Paul MacCready Jr, designer and engineer of the human powered aircraft Condor that won the 1st & Gossamer Albatross that won the 2nd coveted Kremer Prizes in Aviation. Gossamer Albatross was successfully flown across the English Channel with human power. (See Foreword)
As a Private Pilot of powered, glider and hang glider type of aircraft myself, I have witnessed Phil's demonstrations at the Wings Over Westerly events hosted by the Westerly Airport Association in Westerly, Rhode Island, where kids age 8-17 were given free airplane rides for EAA Young Eagles by pilots and aircraft of Groton Ct EAA Chapter 334. (See Acknowledgements). Also, I can appreciate Phil's hope that this book will introduce the elements of controlled flight at an early age, following in the footsteps of the early pioneers, which can encourage advancing to more technically advanced and expensive aircraft at a later age. Once committed to the curiosity of flight, you will become a student for life.
Walkalong Gliders are many steps above the customary hand launched paper airplanes that fly uncontrolled once released.
Instructions for assembly, with household tools and supplies, launching and flying, indoors and outdoors, are complete with numerous photos and illustrations for six variations of Walkalong Gliders that require skills from novice to expert. (See Inside of Book)
By the way, Thrust for gliders, sleds, skis, snowboards, skateboards, roller coasters, skydivers, unpowered airplanes and Space Shuttles is actually produced by Gravity. In a level attitude of flight at constant airspeed, Thrust is equally opposed by Drag (produced by Induced and Parasitic wind Resistance to the aircraft) and Lift (produced by aerodynamic surfaces of wings) is equally opposed by Weight (Gravity).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to indoor "slope" soaring 4 Aug 2012
By Gliderguider1 - Published on
As an avid walkalong glider enthusiast for over 10 years, I think this book will greatly help newcomers to the hobby, IF they pay attention to the details.

The book focuses on the construction and flying of 6 types of walkalongs: tumblewing, paper airplane surfer, X-surfer, Jumbo Surfer, Butterfly (yes, a real, dead butterfly!), and Slater Harrison's Baby Bug design.
It is well-illustrated, with numerous photos (B&W) and diagrams, backed with thorough step-by-step instructions and explanations of the theory behind the design and flying of each of the aircraft.

The only dings in the armor, so to speak, are a typo or two and a somewhat misleading diagram of the forces of flight about 1/4 the way through. It is true that four forces act on powered planes, but with our gliders, the "thrust" is actually caused by the wing's lift being tilted FORWARD, in relation to the level flight path. Then again, maybe it's just a matter of semantics...

For future improvements, I think it'd be good to discuss more different types of foams and slicing methods to obtain the thin foam sheets; it'd help out the DIYers.

So there you have it; my thoughts on the book. Happy flying!
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