Regular people are too big and heavy to fly on their own (i.e. without magic or internal combustion), but I'd like to have the fantasy equivalent of the Royal Flying Doctor Service so...
Could someone fly if they were smaller than a regular person, just how small would they actually need to be to fly on their own yet still look like a normal person?
[P.S. Gliding down from a tall tower and walking back would also be acceptable]
In response to comments:
worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/25466/… seems to be aimed more at full sized people and their evolution, and as one of the answers states
[The] biggest problem here is that a classical angel cannot fly with classical angelic wings. [The wings] are just too small...
Seeing as "classical angels aren't 3 feet tall, can we shrink the people to compensate? (after all, we have the square-cube law on our side for once)
https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/39736/... asked specifically:
What would humans wings need to be like to fly?
The response to which was:
On an Earth like planet (same atmospheric density & gravity) humans can not fly. Our configuration makes us too massive to fly given our skeletal-muscular structure.
So... smaller is better?
And as for https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/23145 well...
[Your] flying humans would have enormously over-long arms and clumsy few-fingered hands. They would have large massively muscled and protruding chests and thin fragile skulls.
Which is not the look I was going for and that's for a full sized person, as people get smaller (and lighter) I'm guessing there's more margin to have them look like regular people (I've added a note abut that to the question)