UMR students hope to repeat last year’s first place finish in an international radio-controlled airplane competition April 16-18 in Deland, Fla.
The Society of Automotive Engineers’ Aero Design East Competition is one of two annual international competitions sponsored by SAE. The team will focus on the heavy-lift aspect of the competition. Last year the team placed first out of five entries in its class, successfully carrying more than 70 pounds.
The competition requires student teams to design and build radio-controlled aircraft that can take off and land while carrying a maximum weight of cargo. The planes must comply with stringent design specifications.
The competition gives students the chance to apply classroom knowledge to a practical, hands-on problem, says Dr. Fathi Finaish, professor and associate chair of aerospace engineering. Finaish is the team advisor.