HIGH flying students at the University of Limerick took to the skies as they launched the remotely controlled aircraft they designed and constructed.
Two teams designed aircraft to a strict specification and faced a number of challenges including the carrying of a payload of varying weight. Monitored test flights took place at UL, expertly piloted by William Gaule of Limerick and Shannon model flying club. Both aircraft successfully completed their missions. “Our aircraft design was tailored to three specific missions,” explained Fionan Houston, aeronautical engineering student and leader of the ‘Green Team’. “It is quite a different design to previous years as we strived to break the mould and produce something more innovative and original.” The team consisted of both Irish and international students from Luxembourg and France. Dr Trevor Young, senior lecturer in the department of mechanical & aeronautical engineering said: “This challenge requires our students to design, build and fly complex air vehicles designed to a demanding set of requirements.” UL offers the only Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering programme in the Republic of Ireland and has developed strong links with some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier Aerospace.