Crowdfund UC Davis thanks all of the donors who gave to this important project in October. This campaign has closed, but we are grateful for your support!
The Advanced Modeling Aeronautics Team has a long, rich history at UC Davis. We are a team that designs and builds remote control (RC) airplanes that compete in the annual Design, Build, Fly competitions.
Through the pandemic, the club became inactive. Luckily it was revived thanks to a couple of passionate engineering students. A team full of inexperienced, but eager, engineering students were formed and poured their hearts and souls into learning from one another and creating a flying remote controlled aircraft together. They went through trials of sleepless nights and seemingly impossible tasks.
This video shows the Fuselage being constructed in a laser cutter. The Fuselage has been designed to generate additional lift for the aircraft.
This past year AMAT competed in the SAE Aero Design West Competition. We designed a rather unusual and controversial aircraft known as the Canard. As inexperienced engineers, we thought a Canard was as simple as designing a traditional aircraft. However, we soon realized the complexity of designing a Canard. Our curiosity to learn more and eagerness to build a Canard motivated us to continue with our current design instead of switching to a traditional Design. Despite the backlash AMAT faced during the competition, we were successful in designing, building, and flying a steady, airborne Canard aircraft.
BeeGee's Second Flight.
This Canard aircraft, called BeeGee won the "Unique Design" award during the award ceremony at the SAE competition.
BeeGee before flight.
The challenges of designing a Canard was quite fascinating, we learned to appreciate the Fundamentals of Canard Aerodynamics and for that we will be designing another Canard aircraft (known as "The Return of the Canard") and compete in the AIAA Design, Build, Fly competition.
Without the support of our professors and the hard work of our team, we would not have been able to survive and gain traction. We would also not have been able to give college of engineering undergraduates the opportunity to learn and get hands-on experience.
Please support the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering AMAT Team Fund to help us build another RC aircraft to compete in the 2023 AIAA Design, Build, Fly Competition in Tucson, Arizona!
Your gift of $10 will be used for purchasing materials such as screws, glue, nuts, bolts, etc.
Your gift of $25 will be used for purchasing balsa wood for the structure of the aircraft. It can also be used for purchasing foam.
Your gift of $50 will be used for purchasing materials for the landing gear such as the wheels and metal frame. It can also be used for purchasing servos for the aircraft.
Your gift of $100 will be used for buying a battery pack necessary to power the aircraft. It can also be used to purchase more balsa wood and foam for the structure of the aircraft.
Your gift of $250 will be used for purchasing the necessary tools needed to adequately build the aircraft. It can also be used to help build a scale model of the aircraft.
Your gift of $500 will be used for purchasing materials for any subsystem. It can also be used for travel expenses.
Your gift of $1,000 will be used for travel expenses such as hotels, registration fees, and ground transportation to and from Tucson, Arizona! It can also be used for buying materials necessary to build a successful aircraft.