Done for the day?

If you get to a point where you need to stop for the day... Work on a different part of your plane (i.e. work on the fuselage while the wing's [...]

Pelican Plans

Here is the most up-to-date version of the Pelican Plans.  Remember that if you have a question, please look at one of the finished airplanes before you ask for clarification.  An [...]

Kindergarteners come to Flight Academy

A small, but extremely eager group of kindergarden boys wanted to build some things to fly.   Well--they came to the right place!  [note--this page is meant to demonstrate my [...]

Carbon Fiber Pushrods

Pushrods are one of the most important parts of your airplane (wait--aren't they all important??). If your pushrod fails, your chances of a successful flight are very close to zero! [...]


UHU Por: Apply in a bead, then immediately spread thin with your finger or spreading tool. Allow to dry fully (5-8 minutes is enough, but don't wait more than 20). [...]

Begin Build!

Today's Agenda: Knife training Partnering Begin build!  

Center of mass vs. Center of lift

Relationship between Center of Mass (Center of Gravity) and Center of Lift.  Reading and experiment. Task:  Build a device from foam that demonstrates the relationship between COM, COL and [...]

Walkalong Gliders: 1.45 Grams of Magic

I can't believe how much of my past weekend was absorbed with super thin pieces of styrofoam foating oh-so-magically through the air. I have been a Radio Control (RC) nerd [...]

Flight Academy 2015

Time:  Friday afternoon from 3:15 - 5:15 Location:  Physics Equpiment Room, 2nd floor, G (Science) Module.] Day 1:  Introductions, 4 forces of flight, walk-along glider construction and walk-along glider competition. [...]