Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) Keith Henry Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (Phone

: 757/864-6120) Mary Sandy Virginia Space Grant Consortium (Phone: 757/865-0726) Tony Molinaro FAA Great Lakes Region (Phone: 847/294-7427) RELEASE: 99-87

Aug. 2, 1999

NASA AND FAA PICK STUDENT AIRCRAFT-DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS A new jet design by students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, has won NASA's and the FAA's 1998-99 National General Aviation Design Competition. NASA and the FAA presented awards to Embry-Riddle and four other university teams at a ceremony held at AirVenture '99, the Experimental Aircraft Association's Annual Convention and Fly-In at Oshkosh, WI. Thirty-three Embry-Riddle students worked on the design, aimed at attracting customers who want to move from propellerdriven craft to jets without needing a significant increase in pilot skill. The New Piper Aircraft, Inc., assisted the team in developing design specifications, which are consistent with national goals to revitalize general aviation. The review panel of general aviation experts rated the EmbryRiddle design outstanding overall. The first-place award provides $3,000 to design team members and a $5,000 award to the university's Aerospace Engineering Department. Professor Charles Eastlake was the team's faculty advisor. Second place honors went to Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, for "The Baracuda," an acronym for Boldly Advanced and Refined Aircraft Concept Under Development for AGATE, a national general aviation revitalization program. The plane is a conventional layout, modern-composite airplane featuring advanced aerodynamics, systems and avionics. A 13-member team designed the a four-place, single-engine, jet-powered airplane as part of a senior aircraft design course. The second place award provides a

$2000 prize to the student team. Professor Skip Smith was the team's faculty advisor. Under his guidance, Penn State has placed in each year of the competition. Third place was awarded to a three-university team from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA; Old Dominion University in Hampton, VA; and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. The 21 students will share a $1,000 prize for a highly innovative design known as the "Yeah Man," which has two tail booms with vertical tails. Tested in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, the unusual design showed good aerodynamic characteristics. Professors Jim McDaniel of the University of Virginia, Colin Britcher of Old Dominion University and Martin Skalski of Pratt Institute served as faculty advisors to the team. A team from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, captured the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's award for Best Retrofit Potential. The three-student team, under the guidance of faculty advisor Professor Karl Bergey, developed an innovative approach to energy-absorbing seat design. The group's design sought to show that the use of expanded metal can help revitalize general aviation by meeting or exceeding the FAA's requirements for energy absorption while saving weight and cost. The team won a $500 prize from the association. Now in its fifth year, the competition calls for individuals or teams of undergraduate and graduate students from U.S. engineering schools to participate in a major national effort to rebuild the U.S. general aviation sector. The competition seeks to raise students' awareness of the importance of general aviation and to stimulate breakthroughs in technology and their application in the general aviation market. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium manages the competition for NASA and the FAA. Guidelines for the 1999-2000 competition can be found on the Internet at: http://www.vsgc.odu.edu - end -