Husky Flying Club: Aircraft Glider Kit Build and Design Project
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Husky Flying Club (HFC) has grown from 18 students to 140 in the past three years. Within these promising years, we have established an active drone team, a consistent ground school that is free for all members, and we have acquired flight simulators in which we train members and have them actively competing against other schools from across the country. Some of these schools include the University of Central Florida, the University of Miami, and Boston University. Last quarter we successfully received funding to further our drone racing team’s capabilities making us more competitive against schools across the country. This winter quarter we want to continue our growth by acquiring an aircraft for HFC, along with the Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering departments. Specifically, the Van’s RV-12 aircraft and an FAA-certified flight simulator to accompany the aircraft. Husky Flying Club has already confirmed partnerships with these engineering departments, making this endeavor a collaboration with the University of Washington. This will continue to foster relationships between a diverse group of students who love hands-on opportunities to build, design, experiment, and research. It will enable students and members of HFC to acquire skills needed for research and development, accompanied by real-life experience that will significantly increase the knowledge and capabilities of engineers. The type of problems students can expect to face during the build project is present in the actual Aerospace engineering industry.