Event: Flight: How to Design and Pilot Your Own Glider - a talk by author/pilot Phil Rossoni
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Phil Rossoni will talk about balancing of the forces of flight to arrive at controllable airframe design for a homemade "walkalong glider." Learn the principles of flight in this fun and unique way!

Free with purchase of admission to The Leonardo 


Philip Rossoni is a commercial glider pilot who has always been interested in finding ways to share the experience of piloting an aircraft with a wide audience. He has a Masters of Science degree in Physics from Northeastern University and was at Verizon Laboratories for 13 years as a member of the technical staff, designing light bulbs, electronics, and cellular telephone networks. Philip has also flown as a test pilot, evaluating prototype thermal detection devices for Air Borne Research Associates. He volunteers in the Exhibit Hall Interpretation Department at the Museum of Science, Boston, helping museum visitors learn to fly walkalong gliders

"Fly" with The Leonardo throughout November. All month long the Tinkering Garage will be filled with creative & technical hands0on activities focused on flight. Visitors will have the opportunity to design, sketch, build, assess and fly an assortment of flying contraptions. Leonardo da Vinci was very much fascinated with flight and may be considered the first to scientifically research flight in nature. During his research he discovered the complexity of flight in birds and his inability to recreate it, and became interested in gliding.