The 2014 Aero Design West competition was being held in Thunderbird Field 4300 Winscott Plover Road Fort Worth, TX 76126 from 28th March to 2nd April with presentations and technical inspections being held at Venue 510 SW Wilshire Blvd,Burleson, TX 76028. The event began Friday with team registration, technical inspections, and design presentations.
Written Design Reports
Participating teams submitted a Design Report prior to the competition explaining their selection of the overall aircraft configuration and showing how they reached the conclusion that their particular design will complete their intended mission depending on the class of aircraft they are entering.
Teams also participated in the Oral Presentations, where they had to try to convince an industry customer judging panel to purchase their aircraft design over all others. Each team gave a detailed explanation of how they arrived at their particular design, as well as presenting any results of testing to justify their design choices. After their presentation, judges asked questions to test the team’s knowledge.
Saturday culminated with an all team meeting where teams were briefed on the next day’s flight activities and procedures.
Sunday morning began the third portion of the Aero Design competition where each team would put their designs to the test in actual flight rounds. Teams moved out to Valley Flyers’ Field to complete this portion. The weather was cool with slightly stronger winds that offered a challenge to some teams.
With three classes each group is required to complete a different mission in their flying abilities.
Regular Class – The objective of Regular Class is to design an aircraft that can lift as much weight as possible while observing the available power and aircraft’s length, width, and height requirements. Accurately predicting the lifting capacity of the aircraft is an important part of the exercise, as prediction bonus points often determine the difference in placement between competing teams.
Advanced Class– The objective of the Advanced Class is to design the most efficient aircraft capable of accurately dropping a three pound (3lb) humanitarian aid package from a minimum of 100ft off the ground. Though the class is mostly focused on mission success, students will need to perform trade studies to optimize empty weight and anticipate repair build-up weight while meeting several aircraft design requirements.
Micro Class– The objective of Micro Class is to design a system containing a portable (modular based) UAV and launching system within specified packaging requirements. The aircraft will be launched either by hand, or by use of an engineered launching system without the use of a runway for takeoff. In either case, the entire system must be contained within the specified packaging requirements. The aircraft is also tasked with carrying the highest payload fraction possible while simultaneously pursuing the lowest empty weight possible. High performance and operational availability are critical through the entirety of the competition.
With a total of sixty-eight teams on site, the volunteers and organizers kept them moving right along throughout the day beginning with Micro Class, followed by Regular Class, then Advanced Class. The teams were able to complete four rounds for each class. Although there were some crashes, the teams held strong with four rounds in on Saturday. Teams spent Saturday evening calculating their approaches for how to be victorious on Sunday.
On Sunday, competitive teams continued to push their aircrafts to perform better, which kept the Tech Inspection team busy. Teams spent Sunday morning calculating scores and dealing with density altitudes higher than Saturday. Teams were able get two rounds of flying in, bringing the total to six rounds.
KIIT would also like to thank our faculties and sponsors it is with your continued support that we are able to provide such a successful competition to our students.
KIIT Overall Rank : 14th
Prof. Isham Panigrahi