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STEM students in the upper elementary and middle school grades are in need of a trainer which can handle a high-wind environment. This plane/design, if developed, will become a stable of a STEM initiative beginning on Oahu which will teach science, tech, engineering, and math through aviation and aerial robotics.

What is needed is a plane that is:
- slow
- easy to control
- capable of flying in winds of 10-20 mph
- can be made by students out of foamboard (with support from educators who are somewhat familar with rc planes)
- can be easily repaired
- can be flown in a fairly small area
- can be upgraded to make long-duration, long-range, FPV flights (for more advanced students with HAM tech licenses)

Any plans that are developed for such a plane only need to make sense to the educators; they don't necessarily need to be "kid friendly" since the educators can break them down and make them age-appropriate. However, the educators should be considered intermediate-level pilots/builders.


Interesting idea! I know it was posted a looooong time ago, but it seems like a dtfb powered glider (atleast the streamlined shape) with dtfb wings and weighted wing tips would work pretty well.