Published: 22 July 2014

Liverpool students score in international model flying competition

Three aerospace engineering students from the University of Liverpool have been placed third in an international model aircraft design, build and flying competition.

The British Model Flying Association Heavy Lift Challenge attracts competitors from across the world.  This year saw team entries from Germany and China, as well as the UK. The annual event, which takes place at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, saw 20 teams design, build and test radio-controlled aircraft models with a maximum wingspan of two metres.

The team from the University of Liverpool, made up of Harry Fellerman, James Addison and Chris Burrows, have been working on their model since October last year as part of their third year individual degree project.

The competition requires the teams to produce a 25-page report and professional-standard engineering drawings, as well as deliver a presentation to the judging panel about the philosophy of their designs, before the aircraft take to the skies for the flying competition.

The models are flown around a pre-defined route involving a number of manoeuvres, firstly with no payload, before they are pushed to their design limits with a 2KG payload and a 4KG payload of water in the later rounds.

Liverpool’s model was piloted by Liverpool and District Model Aircraft Society member, David Sanderson, who assisted the team with some of the practicalities of radio-controlled modelling.

Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Mike Jump, said: “The team has performed exceptionally well in a competition which attracts so many talented engineers. They were up against some stiff competition but the quality of their design came through in the various competition elements and gave Liverpool a strong overall performance.”

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