Design Competition Winners
Named at AirVenture 2001
NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration
and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) today awarded
honors to four university teams for their innovative
general aviation designs. The winners of the National
General Aviation Design Competition were recognized
at a ceremony held at AirVenture2001, the Experimental
Aircraft Association's Annual Convention and Fly-In
at Oshkosh, WI.
The competition calls for individuals
or teams of U.S. students to participate in a major
national effort to rebuild the U.S. general aviation
sector. Participants are challenged to meet the engineering
goals of the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment
(AGATE) project. For the purpose of the contest, general
aviation aircraft are typically defined as single or
twin engine (turbine or piston), single-pilot, fixed-wing
aircraft for two to six passengers. NASA, the FAA and
AFRL hope to stimulate breakthroughs in technology and
their application in the general aviation marketplace.
The first place award was presented
to a team from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University,
Daytona Beach, FL. The team's design seeks to retrofit
the popular Cessna 182 Skylane with a modern, turbocharged,
reciprocating diesel engine that runs on readily available
jet A fuel. The review panel, comprised of representatives
from NASA, FAA, industry and academia, praised the design
for its practicality and rated the design effort as
The first place award provides a total
of $3,000 to Embry Riddle's design team members and
a $5,000 award to the university's Aerospace Engineering
Program. James Ladesic and Reda Mankbadi served as the
team's faculty advisors.
Second place honors went to Pennsylvania
State University, University Park. The team's design,
"Defiance," features a four-place, single engine, turbofan-powered,
general aviation aircraft. The twin-tail-boom, twin-vertical-tail
layout uses both aluminum and modern composite materials,
and features advanced aerodynamics, avionics and support
systems. The second place award provides a $2000 prize
to the team. Hubert C. "Skip" Smith was the team's faculty
advisor. Penn State has won a place award in every year
of the competition.
The third place award went to the University
of Virginia, Charlottesville, for a design dubbed "Vector
Evolution." The design combined the fast, high-altitude
performance of a business jet with the short takeoff
and landing performance of a typical general aviation
aircraft. The team's faculty advisor was James McDaniel.
For third place, the team will share a $1,000 prize.
An honorable mention in the General
Aviation Design Competition went to Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,
and its collaborating international partner Loughborough
University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, for "Tempus,"
an aircraft with a 3,600-nautical-mile range. The team
set a goal of efficient, affordable and comfortable
transportation between international destinations. James
Marchman was the Virginia Tech faculty advisor, and
Gary Page and Lloyd Jenkinson served as faculty advisors
The best use of Air Force-developed
technologies award was also presented to the University
of Virginia's "Vector Evolution" design. The team received
an additional $3,000 from the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The technologies included: wireless flight controls;
non-hydraulic, electric actuator systems; and aerogel
and serrated engine-nozzle-edge noise-reduction techniques.
The competition for the 2000-2001 academic
year was managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
The AGATE project will end in September 2001, and the
new competition will be managed by the General Aviation
Programs Office at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton,