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Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalong Gliders (Build Your Own) Paperback – July 10, 2012
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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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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.
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).
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