Aviation

Johnny's paper airplane

Mike is very into aviation. It’s in his blood – both his dad and grandfather were pilots, and he learned to fly at his dad’s flight school as a teenager. This means that our kids get cool paper airplanes! Some that fly, and some (like this one) that are more for show.

Mike and the kids simulate flight

Mike hasn’t done any real flying in years, but he took the kids along for a spin thanks to the open-source (and therefore free) FlightGear. Pretty amazing!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

12 thoughts on “Aviation”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    That is undoubtedly the most fabulous paper airplane I have ever seen!
    I had no idea there was an open source flight simulator online… my kids are constantly pretending they are on airplanes, and I am sure they’d be blown away by what the instrument panel really looks like.

  2. Dave loves flight simulators too. He just got a new one, but I forgot what it’s called. I remember playing one way back when I was in 4th grade or so. I think it was called F29. It’s funny how much the graphics have changed. Dave’s look so real!

    1. My brothers had one growing up that was much less sophisticated than this freeware version. I’d love to see one of the new ones with amazing graphics.

  3. That is one awesome paper plane. My cherubs would be in awe of that. Is Mike up for doing any tutorials on some of his paper planes that fly? We (especially my cherubs) would love this.

    I’ll have to check out that open source flight simulator.

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