Paper Aircraft: The Plane Truth About Designing Your Own with John Collins April 27-28, 2019


$330 tuition, $15 material fee
Key Points:
*Basic Folds—mountains, valleys, squash, sink, reverse, and petal folds
*Diagram reading—Randlett Yoshizawa system is your key to international books and designs
*John’s world record distance plane: Suzanne
*Takuo Toda’s world record time aloft plane
*The most successful ballistic dart design in international competition
*Basic aerodynamic forces for gliders (lift, drag, gravity)
*Glider design and how it’s different than powered plane design
*Make and fly planes that ride a wave of air
*Throwing and adjusting techniques


This two day course is designed to get students fluent in folding techniques, standard diagram reading, and basic aerodynamic principles. Lots of paper airplane making and flying will dominate the two days. Basic folding techniques will be learned organically, as part of the process of paper airplane making. Learning how to throw and adjust your paper airplanes for maximum performance will be a big part of this class. Students will learn the three fuselage locking technique, one layer locking technique and the best paper airplane base fold in the biz. John’s world record plane, Takuo Toda’s, is one of the most successful planes in international distance competition. John will show students how to make airplanes that ride a wave of air while at the same time teach students how to pilot the plane. All this knowledge is included in the fun. Think of this as a two day paper airplane boot camp where students will go from blank sheets to competition ready. For the last half of the second day, students may opt to make planes from John’s books (or other books containing folded designs) in a guided self-study way. If students have a problem following the instructions, John is there to help. There will also be options to experiment with your own designs.

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Pay a deposit of $150.00 per item

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.