BMFA 2013 Success


Double Success for Stage 3 Aerospace Engineering Students at the British Model Flying Association Electric Lift Challenge!


The annual British Model Flying Association Electric Lift Challenge was held over the weekend of the 8th and 9th June at the Air Museum and Air Field at Elvington in Yorkshire.  The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering entered an aircraft this year for the first time and the travelling team of James Mateer and Emma Boyd won the completion!.  In the absence of our own pilot, Shahid Banglawala piloted the plane and provided excellent feedback on its performance.  In addition to their success in the technical element of the event James and Emma were also awarded the JETEX trophy which is given to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of the competition.

The QUB BMFA Electric Lift Challenge Winner.

This was an excellent result for the students responsible for the winning entry which was developed as part of their Preliminary Design and Aircraft Design modules in Stage 3 of the Aerospace Engineering program.  The aircraft entered for the competition was designed and built by Emma Boyd, Adrien Emery, Ashleigh Baxter, James Mateer & Dyllan Latewood.  Their work was based on a design-build-fly project which involved teams working to develop, manufacture and operate a fully functional radio controlled aircraft based on technical specifications and bills of material specified by the students themselves.  The objective this year was aligned with the requirements of the BMFA electric lift competition which was to produce an aircraft that would safely transport as much water as possible around a predefined flight course and deliver it to the prescribed location within the allocated ten minute time slot.  Having designed a suitable airframe for this challenging task, teams were required to submit drawings for their aircraft and conduct a presentation to a panel of judges that addressed the salient points of the design as well as outlining the thought processes and considerations involved.  For the flying element of the competition, teamwork, planning and a well-structured approach combined with a well designed and practical airframe were the key elements to success.  James and Emma were a credit to the school at the event delivering an excellent presentation to the judging panel, performing well during the flight tests and recovering well when the plane was damaged just before they were about to complete their winning flight!  None of this would have been possible without the contribution of the other team members who were unable to travel to the competition.

The Successful QUB British Model Flying Association (BMFA) Electric Lift Team:

Emma Boyd, Adrien Emery, Ashleigh Baxter, James Mateer & Dyllan latewood.

This success would not have been possible without the support of a number of people and organisations.  Firstly we would like to thank the BAE and BMFA teams for organising the competition and for a great day at Elvington.  Back at base we need to acknowledge the contribution of Maurice Doyle and Bill Scott from the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) who have acted as local advisors within the Design module over the last three years, attending project presentations at key stages and offering advice to students as their aircraft evolved.  Thanks also to Langford Model Aviation club who provided pilots and facilities at Nutts Corner for test flights and last but not least, thanks to Karen Agnew and Alex Orr who provided support within the school in procurement and design which helped with a demanding schedule.

The BMFA Chairman Robin Gowler, first presented the trophy for the BMFA Electric Lift Challenge to James Mateer and Emma Boyd.
James and Emma also received the JETEX trophy which is awarded to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of the competition.


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