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Apr 22, 2001, 06:49 PM
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AIAA/Cessna design,build,fly

Anyone else out there go to this amazing
electric R/C model contest?
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Apr 22, 2001, 06:58 PM
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Originally posted by Travis:
Anyone else out there go to this amazing
electric R/C model contest?
I was there watching for most of the afternoon today.
Apr 22, 2001, 07:45 PM
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Hey Chris,
I was one of the guys running the portable
hobby shop (Riders). We were there from about
3:00 Friday till 1:00 today.

I found it an intresting gathering of models,
some looked like the work of master modellers
and others seemed to be constructed by a team
of drunken 12 year olds!

I don't know what exactly the competition
was supposed to prove, but I got a real good
idea of what Astro Flight motors can do.

I tried to help as many as I could with advice (some teams had no R/C modelers on thier team).

Do you know if the Va Tech plane (Hokie 5)
got to fly? It was a black and orange flying
Apr 22, 2001, 09:10 PM
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I'm not sure the one I saw was Va Tech but I did see a mostly orange flying wing get in the air briefly. It rotated for takeoff and pitched up, the pilot overcorrected and it smashed nose down into the runway. Flying wings are not the right approach for this contest IMHO, every one I saw was very pitch sensitive.
Apr 22, 2001, 09:44 PM
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This subject came up a couple days ago..
These competitions are open to any currently enrolled student.. aviation experience not a requisite.
The AIAA configuration specs are very liberal. A 10 foot wing span max.. as many or as few wings as you feel you need in that distance.. stock motors and ESCs.. 5 pounds of battery.
Here's the AIAA site:

The rules get the attention of all kinds of folks who stretch the envelopes in all directions.. There's more weird stuff at AIAA than at the equivalent SAE, due to the more restrictive SAE rules:
Here's the SAE links:
Aerowest is coming up the first weekend in June at my local airfield;
Aeroeast was held the first weekend in April..
Sparky Paul
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Apr 23, 2001, 10:45 AM
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So who won in the end? I'm on the Queen's (Canada) team and we left early to give some of our members a chance to study for their exams.

Apr 24, 2001, 06:58 PM
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Dave, Don't know who won. We left at 1:00.

GA. Tech, U of I, VMI and a few other crashed
beyond repair. The cause was almost always
a stall from trying to turn with too little

Texas arrived on Sunday with a 3 motored
tandem wing which (thankfully) was not flown.

Later, Travis