Title

Pacific Ultralight Airplane

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

The main objective of this project is the design, construction, and testing of a unique and successful new ultralight airplane prototype. The federal regulations regarding ultralight airplanes are relatively loose, allowing for freedom and creativity in designs, and the simple nature of this type of aircraft put the design within the potential of student engineers. Motivated by an eagerness to enter the aerospace industry post-graduation, and by a drive to take on a project of greater magnitude than typical for a senior project, this group has completed a comprehensive design and undertaken the construction of a completely original, traditionally styled, single person aircraft. The more specific objectives of the project are the following: to create a simple aircraft design possible to be fabricated by the experienced homebuilder, which will be affordable relative to current products available today, maintain safety of the operator, and abide by the weight, speed, and carrying capacity regulations for ultralight aircraft. In addition, this group has elected to raise the necessary funding on its own, and to date has succeeded in raising nearly $17,000, enough to fund the project and cover operating costs of the airplane for the foreseeable future.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

27-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

27-4-2013 3:30 PM

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Pacific Ultralight Airplane

School of Engineering & Computer Science

The main objective of this project is the design, construction, and testing of a unique and successful new ultralight airplane prototype. The federal regulations regarding ultralight airplanes are relatively loose, allowing for freedom and creativity in designs, and the simple nature of this type of aircraft put the design within the potential of student engineers. Motivated by an eagerness to enter the aerospace industry post-graduation, and by a drive to take on a project of greater magnitude than typical for a senior project, this group has completed a comprehensive design and undertaken the construction of a completely original, traditionally styled, single person aircraft. The more specific objectives of the project are the following: to create a simple aircraft design possible to be fabricated by the experienced homebuilder, which will be affordable relative to current products available today, maintain safety of the operator, and abide by the weight, speed, and carrying capacity regulations for ultralight aircraft. In addition, this group has elected to raise the necessary funding on its own, and to date has succeeded in raising nearly $17,000, enough to fund the project and cover operating costs of the airplane for the foreseeable future.