Paper Airplanes: Problems And Solutions

Are you a paper airplane enthusiast? Do you love turning a single sheet of paper into a mean, lean flying machine? Then, I bet you’ve run into a few problems making your paper airplane fly exactly like you want to. Here are a few tips that should help you out while you are learning how to fly your airplanes.

When learning to fly paper airplanes, you will most likely run into some problems. Here are some typical paper airplane problems and solutions. These problems are typical and the solutions are quite simple – sometimes just a matter of making a few adjustments here and there.

Problem: My paper airplane keeps dive bombing.
Solution: Add elevators or don’t throw it so hard.

Problem: My plane does these loops and crashes to the ground.
Solution: Add or change your ailerons, check your paper airplane for symmetry, or make sure you have a positive dihedral. (See Glossary for dihedral explanation. )

Flying Problems and Solutions for Paper Airplanes

Problem: I have an unstable paper airplane.
Solution: Check for a positive dihedral or add vertical fins to your paper airplane’s wings. (see Glossary for fin explanation. )

Problem: My paper airplane always turns in the same direction.
Solution: Check for symmetry or raise the aileron on the wing opposite the direction your want your plane to bank or turn.

Problem: My paper airplane always rolls over and flies upside down.
Solution: Lift your wings to get a more positive dihedral.

Problem: My paper airplane has a bumpy ride, like a roller coaster.
Solution: Lower your elevators or add down elevators.

Problem: My paper airplane fly slowly.
Solution: If you want to make a paper airplane fly faster, make the wing shorter relative to the fuselage length (this is called low aspect ratio) and design a sharp and thin nose (do you know why?) An example of such design is the conventional dart.

Problem: I want My paper airplane fly slowly and further
Solution: If you like your paper airplane to fly (or glide) slowly and further, design the paper airplane with longer wings span but smaller wing area. This concept is widely used to design gliders planes.

Problem: The airplane turns upwards.
Solution: To fix this, bend both wings towards down, as indicated in dig. 1.

paper airplane design problems

Problem: The airplane turns downwards.
Solution: To fix this, bend both wings towards up, as indicated in dig. 2.

Problem: The airplane have horizontal deviation, turns right or left.
Solution: When your paper airplane turns right or left, do as the diagram to the left indicates. The plane will turn towards the direction where you will turn the body. The plane of the diagram will turn right. So, if your paper airplane turns right, turn the body towards left and vice versa.
Paper Airplanes: Problems And Solutions

Problem: Bumpy Flight.
Solution: Often the simple paper airplanes have a jolting ride. Usually lowering the elevators can help fixing this.

Problem: Diving and going down.
Solution: Paper airplanes are too light and throwing them too strong often causes this. Just don’t throw it so hard or try adding elevators.

Problem: Not flying straight.
Solution: If your airplane’s wings are not identical or the tail is crooked, this will happen often. Make sure the wings are exactly the same and the tail is straight.

Problem: Unstability.
Solution: If the paper airplane is not stable, you need to add fins. The fins are small bends at the edges of the wings. Usually they would be 1-2 sm wide.

Problem: Looping and crashing.
Solution: If the entire airplane structure is not well symmetric, the model will often loop and crash down. Besides redoing the model completely, you have the options to check its symmetry and try to fix it, or to manipulate the angle between the wings.

There are of course all kind of problems that may happen to the flight of your paper airplane. But don’t forget that making a new one is always pretty easy and fun. It’s not like investing a lot of money and time in some complex model aircraft kit. So don’t worry, just go ahead, let the kids play with the models and enjoy with them. To give them a kick start, get one of these great videos – visual instruction works best epsecially with kids.

Originally posted 2015-11-15 00:00:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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