The AMA is proud to offer our educational resources as supplemental activities to Southwest Airlines pilots who are participating in the Adopt-a-Pilot program. Southwest pilot and AMA member Scott Fitzgerald explains some of the ways using model aviation can enhance the experience of your class.
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.