Float – The world of indoor rubber powered model airplanes

Indoor flight is pursued by people from all walks of life and in many countries around the world. Competitors design, construct, and fly ultra lightweight airplanes powered only by a wound rubber band. Weighing as little as 1.2 grams, the planes are free-flight, meaning that they do not use any manual controls to fly, relying only on the skill of the builder and the design in order to stay aloft. This hobby embodies the root of all modern aviation, as the first powered fixed wing flying device capable of stable flight was the Planophore model airplane designed by Alphonse Pénaud in 1871 and powered by a rubber band. Alphonse’s design directly influenced the Wright Brothers.

Float is a documentary currently being filmed that explores this fascinating world of indoor rubber powered model airplanes. Producer Ben Saks will be at HackPittsburgh tonight to talk about this hobby, flight competitions, and also the film. Please join us at 7pm for a unique glimpse into this world.

Tonight, August 31st – Free & open to the public.
Doors open at 7pm, event starts shortly thereafter.
We’re at 1936 Fifth Avenue, in the garage around back (on Watson).
Look for our flag over the door.


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