Aeromodelling has never been a mainstream school subject and for good reason. Traditional methods of construction are relatively expensive and time consuming so that school modelling clubs have tended to be staffed by enthusiasts and attended in very small numbers. The subject of model planes once prompted images fiddly sticks of wood and tissue paper but these days it is popularly associated with foam ready-to-fly products in incredible detail. Internet based sales of model planes are largely marketed towards the impulse buy - the impulse buy which is heavily cost sensitive and where in terms of 'making' the participant may subsequently purchase a new wing as an accessory but not really be able to make significant repairs. Some enthusiast websites offer a range of well considered products but it is rare to find a resource that supports teachers in delivering aeromodelling as a tool for learning life skills, functional skills and qualifications.
Aer0nauts seek to make fixed wing aeromodelling more accessible through the use of modern materials processes and with activities designed to systematically explain flight.
We are developing a curriculum of flight that is logical and not overly complicated, that takes in the complexity as and when. Its very much based on making and testing rather than simply theory.
We think that by making planes rapidly is the start and through lots of flying and crashing and repairing they grow in resilience. It is very appealing to those gifted with problem solving skills and those who actually enjoy testing things to destruction!