The OmniWing Paper Airplane

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Flying the OmniWings is what it is all about.  As much fun as it is to build a paper airplane, the end result should be the enjoyment of flight.  Everyone at some time has had the opportunity to build and launch a paper airplane.  Those that have taken the time to build the OmniWings can attest that these wings do launch and fly a bit different than your school room dart that could reach the chalk board from the back row of the classroom if the paper airplane was tossed hard enough. 

These school-day darts barely showed any true aerodynamics and indeed were merely projectiles that were dependent on a strong arm and accurate release of the craft at such a nose angle that it's trajectory, (usually a parabolic curve) would avoid hitting the ceiling, while still making forward progress without hitting the pretty little red headed gal in the back of the head.  You could achieve similar results by simply wadding the paper into a tight ball and giving it a toss. 

Now with the OmniWing providing true stable flight, the launch will be a bit different.  Although I will on occasion build an OmniWing that will be primarily for Aerobatic maneuvers, and will demand a stronger toss in order to achieve loops and such, I usually will launch an OmniWing wing with a pitch attitude and launch speed that is at or near the actually normal pitch and flight speed of the wing in stable flight.  Of course this will take some practice, and a well built wing will exhibit some forgiveness for minor launch errors and will check to stable flight in short order. 

An OmniWing will have a different launch speed than a Proto-OmniWing, or an Advanced OmniWing.  The heavier the wing, the faster it will fly, thus requiring a little faster launch speed and larger are in which to fly. 

I will launch most of the OmniWings by holding the trailing edge with my thumb and little finger on the bottom of the wing and the other three fingers on the top of the wing.  Then holding he wing at head level or a bit above, the head, and the nose of the wing pointed slightly downward, I gently push the wing forward releasing it at the end of my reach.  If the launch is to slow, it will stall and go into a dive.  It may recover from the stall and dive and achieve a short flight.  Too hard of a launch and the wing may climb for a short period with a mild stall with a quick recovery to stable flight.  Eventually you will have it flying well right after your release. 

The OmniWings will take a bit more diligence with the launch than the traditional dart paper airplane.  The darts are more of a projectile, dependent on the hard toss and the parabola, where the OmniWings are true aerodynamic aircraft and will take the same considerations to make a good launch that a pilot of an aircraft or hang glider would have. 

Practice, practice, practice.  

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