Aeronautical Engineering students at the University of Limerick have conducted successful flight tests of models aircraft, which were designed to simulate a “medical-evacuation” mission.
Two teams of fourth-year students designed and constructed remotely-controlled subscale aircraft, to meet defined specifications.
“Blood, sweat and tears have gone into this model and it gives me and my team great pleasure to see it in the air,” said one of the team leaders, Anthony O’Carroll.
Another team leader, Colin Delaney, said the success of the project was as a result of teamwork.
“Aircraft design is in many ways the ultimate team based activity. Here for us just as in industry, an aircraft cannot be designed and built by just one person, it’s a collective effort. Seeing our aircraft go from the conceptual design phase right through to the first flight gives one an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction,” he said.
Dr Trevor Young, senior lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering at UL praised the students for their efforts on the project over the past few months:
“This challenge requires our students to design, build and fly complex air vehicles designed to a demanding set of requirements,” he said.