Competition takes flight in Forsyth

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The SAE Aero Design East 2014 competition took place last week, pitting the best engineers in the nation and internationally against each other in a model airplane competition.

The event is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge.

The 3-day competition took place April 11, 12 and 13 and was designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in their real-life work environment.

First competitors had to prove their design during a presentation at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.

The students from all over the world made formal oral presentation to a panel of judges, which is made up of Lockheed Martin engineers, former Delta pilots and other professionals. Nervous students outlined the design considerations and flight performance predictions, defending their aircrafts.

In addition to the U.S., the best engineers from Egypt, India, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico and Poland were represented in Forsyth.

An engineering class from Cedarville University in Ohio had built their plane out of light plywood and their goal was to lift 65 pounds at the competition, said David Ross, a mechanical engineering student.

The importance of interpersonal communication skills is sometimes overlooked, yet both written and oral communication skills are vital in the engineering workplace, said David Roberts, a lead event organizer and GMA training coordinator.

“Then we got to make sure it’s air worthy,” Roberts said.

The following two days, April 12 and April 13, the competition took to the field with all day showcases of the students’ designed and built air crafts at 8250 Old Federal Road in Ball Ground, Ga.

Each team flew a radio-controlled model airplane that is able to take off, fly successfully and land with a payload on board.

The payload was increased between flight rounds to see which team is able to lift the most weight.

Aero Design featured three classes of competition—regular, advance and micro.

Visit www.gmarc.com for more information.

Editor’s note: Due to our press deadline, a more complete version of this article will run in the April 23 edition of the Forsyth Herald.

FH 04-16-14