College of Engineering Poster Presentations


Design and Fabrication of a Heavy Lift R/C Aircraft

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Don Plumlee


The Boise State AeroDesign team designs and builds unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft to compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers AeroDesign West competition. This is the third year that the Boise State team will have produced an aircraft to contend in the Advanced Class Aircraft category.

The official SAE AeroDesign requirements stipulate that advanced class aircraft carry as much payload as possible up to the gross weight limit of 55lbs, and contain a functional data acquisition system that is capable of recording take-off and landing distances.

The current competition plane is a new and improved iteration of a design first realized two years ago which features a custom-fabricated composite skin material and heavy-lift capability. The current iteration makes improvements to the old planform, fuselage, landing gear, and data acquisition system.

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