A FULL TECHNICAL WRITE UP FROM MR GREEN – CHIEF FLIGHT ENGINEER!
Many months of work led to a model that was completed involving laser cut ribs and fuselage frames. The covering was a mixture of white shrink film and brown paper applied to the blue foam streamlining and spray painted. At various stages in production it was test flown to check all was well. Eventually it came time to test it with the payload and although it flew, it was too heavy at the nose so a repositioning of the payload carrier was needed. After it was moved just 1 cm back the model flight characteristics improved and we applied the final finish and decals.
The challenge also include a small drawing element and a presentation by the students so in a big rush last week these were completed ready for the big weekend.
Saturday was bright and sunny as we arrived at Elvington just south of York. There was a firm breeze blowing but it was the same for all competitors, and we were ready. The scrutineering was first to make sure the aircraft was safe to use. This we passed with flying colours, then we had to present our drawings and after a briefing to all teams we started first with our presentation. Our students were the youngest team there and did themselves credit giving a smooth talk in front of the panel of 4 judges. Then it was onto the flying, Mr Green was the nominated pilot and flew the model to 8 laps in the first 5 minute slot, there was no damage on the bumpy landing. We waited for round two watching the other teams fly and it became clear that there was one other team which had a high performing model. Our flight scores were identical to theirs. Round two was more difficult, we had a problem getting airbourne and lost some time however we were able to complete 7 laps and land well again.
Day two, back up to Yorkshire early for our third if needed. As it turned out the other team decided not to fly again so we had won. This was good fortune as on the next flight just to see if we could have done better, a structural failure sent our model into the concrete. Although severe, the damage would have been repairable, but as this turned out to be unnecessary it was back to the main tent for the prize giving
The prize was presented by Chris Moynihan the Chairman of the BMFA, and cash prizes for the students will be sent in the near future.