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Graham and Martin Fox also assisted the teams in this competition.

The report is from John Newton (Aeronautical Technical Tutor)

Students from the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department took part in the BMFA’s Heavy Lift Challenge over the weekend. The event is staged at Elvington Airfield in York and involves teams from across the Globe competing to see which can lift the greatest payload of water over a given course using an uncrewed aircraft of no more than 2m wingspan. The motor and battery is fixed so all teams have the same power plant available to them.

Our 3 teams of students did very well  achieving 3rd,4th and 5th places respectively, had it not been for a crash during the last flight of our Night Hawk team they may well have come 1st having got airborne with a payload of 4Kg of water (the winning team lifted just over 2.2 Kg). All teams managed to fly in all three flight slots and all successfully carried a payload. The flying wing team got a special mention in the awards ceremony for producing a flying wing that successfully carried the payload, something not done in many years.

 

Attached are some photos of our teams. Thanks to all who contributed to a great performance including members of Loughborough Model Flying Club.

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