Mechanics of flight

After a decade of having experience building  Remote Control airplane kits, my passion grew for gliders. My first DLG glider i purchased was called the TopSky, I flew her many homepageglidertimes, learning the art of catching thermals and understanding wind flow/direction, the use of the rudder to control yaw, air speed,  increasing lift increases drag, and what have you. These are some basic rules and guidelines i have learned over years of building, flying and now introducing the FlingShot. From concept to development which took many years of trial and error, i am happy to say this little Micro DLG glider can perform as well as its full size predecessors, of course in a much smaller package.

This micro FlingShot requires no assembly every time you take her to the park. once built, you just charge the battery and off you go. Its small enough to flit in any car, a trunk glider if you will.

The difference in pressure between the top and bottom surfaces results in the force we call lift.

Aerodynamicists divide the force produced by a glider's wings into two parts.  They call these “Lift” and “Drag”.
Lift: The aerodynamic force produced by the wings perpendicular (at right angles) to the on coming airflow.  (beneficial)
Drag: The aerodynamic force exerted on the wings parallel (in line) with the oncoming airflow. (mostly undesirable)

The first of its kind with a 24" wingspan 100% hand made using competition balsa wood and high grade super light woven carbon fiber. With a weight of -+43 grams, its light enough to soar at 5 to 10mph winds. On a calm warm sunny day whether a cloud is forming or decaying, finding that perfect spot to glide over trees at your local park catching thermals, i must say its a dream.

Glider Specs
  • Wing Span @ 24"
  • Wing Area @ 69.3 sq. in.
  • Flying Weight @ -+43 grams
  • Wing Loading @ oz/3.12sq.ft
  • Airfoil = modified AG45
  • Construction = competition balsa, high grade carbon boom
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For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo da Vinci

HoW CaN i HeLP YoU?

FlingShot DLG Glider Kit
  • Precision modified AG45 airfoil 24" competiton balsa wings
  • Symmetrical airfoil tail feathers: horizontal and vertical (competiton balsa)
  • Fiberglass cloth
  • Carbon Fiber Roll Wrapped boom (super light weight)
  • Carbon fiber push rods 2x
  • Hand carved foam pod (ultra light weight and durable )
  • Carbon strips for tail feathers
  • All essential accessories (carbon launch peg, control horns, shrink tubes etc.)
  • This was for my 13 year old but i kept it for myself :).  I have the servos and a spektrum Tx so it was easy for me to get her up quick. Servo leads need to be changed to 1mm micro JST  It's fun to launch it and glide the sky, she is truly a floater.  thank you Brad Womack CA
  • Thank you so very much for the well articulated description and built. love my micro bird
  • Keep up the good work mate,, I bought 2 of your gliders one converted to Electric and the other just a glider. You have something very special here. On the electric, i stuck a 5gram outrunner motor from hobbyking, she flies amazing but i can see the reason why its best to keep this as a glider, great fun