Getting a Paper Airplane to Fly Forever

Grab a piece of paper, a sheet of cardboard, and build with Phil Rossoni. Paper airplanes have long been a part of our popular cultural imagination. But this way of flying is truly a paradigm shift! Phil Rossoni, pilot and physicist, explains how to construct and fly a paper airplane under your control. With a large sheet of cardboard you will modify the wind surrounding the paper airplane both sustaining and controlling it as it flies. So with our paper airplane under our control we are truly following in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers.
  • Bio
    Phil Rossoni is a commercial pilot and paper airplane enthusiast. He holds a BA in physics from Oberlin College and an MA in physics from Northeastern University. Phil has 150 hours in gliders and 50 hours in paragliders. Phil is an avid sailor and windsurfer, teaching both at Community Boating in Boston, MA. Phil was introduced to walkalong gliding (the subject of this video) while volunteering at the Museum of Science, Boston. Phil is the author of Build and Pilot Your Own Walkalog Gliders, McGraw-Hill publisher, a book which came out in 2012. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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