Society continues our traditional support of The College of New Jersey School
of Engineering in their efforts to win this year’s International SAE Aero-Design Competition. Last year’s TCNJ
team of mechanical engineering seniors placed an impressive 15th out
of 45. The competition requires the
students to design and build an RC aircraft that can fly a prescribed mission
profile – take off in 200’, circle the field, land in 400’ – with maximum
payload. Points are awarded for technical
design presentation, as well as payload carried. Competition rules limit the aircraft physical
size, materials, engine size and other parameters. Participation teaches engineering students real-world
lessons in aerodynamic and structural design, design trade-offs, communication
skills and team work.
As in years past, MCRC Society is providing test-flight
support for the students at the club field.
The TCNJ students decided
to kick-off this year’s effort by re-flying last year’s entry, to make airspeed
and climb rate measurements. Seth Hunter
test flew the airplane last year and again this year. Last year’s flight was better - a balance
problem brought this year’s first flight to an early end. Not discouraged, the Team has started
designing their entry for this year’s contest, which will be held in the
Spring. The guys have some pretty
interesting ideas for the new airplane!
Details on the competion may be found at: