Trimming And Flying Your Paper Airplane

Once you’ve made all of your folds and the plane looks symmetrical, it’s time to trim it, or adjust it, for flight.

Give it a gentle toss forward.

Your goal is to have it glide smoothly and gently to the ground, either flying straight or in a gradual curve.

Make these adjustments, if necessary:
If the nose drops and the plane dives into the ground, bend up the back of the wings.

A little bend goes a long way.

If the nose rises first and then drops, the plane is stalling.

Bend down the back of the wing.

Keep your adjustments small.

When you get the plane to balance on the air and float down gently, then you can give it faster tosses.

paper airplane trim

What To Do If

Your Plane Dives And Crashes: Add up elevator by bending the back edges of the wings up a little. Or throw the plane a little harder.

Your Plane Climbs, Slows, Then Crashes: Reduce the amount of up elevator by making the back edges of the wings flatter. Or throw the plane a little slower.

Your Plane Heads Off To The Right: Bend the left elevator up a little.
Your Plane Heads Off To The Left: Bend the right elevator up a little.

Originally posted 2012-04-08 01:07:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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