8th May 2000

 

PROJECTS TAKE TO THE SKIES AT SCAMPTON

 

Engineering students will take to the skies next month when they enter their final year projects into a national competition to be judged at RAF Scampton.

 

Two teams from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will compete in the British Model Flying Association’s Cargo Aircraft Challenge where they will test their planes to the limit.

 

Each plane will be judged on how much weight it can carry and for how far it can fly, so there may be a few casualties as the competitors push their entries to the limit. Teams will give a presentation and display their planes at the Lincoln campus on Saturday June 10th.

 

The challenge is run in association with British Aerospace and the teams are busy putting the final touches to their planes.

 

“The university is covering the cost of our project, but we were also lucky enough to get sponsorship for parts of the plane,” said team member Paul Gwyther, from Grimsby.

 

Other team members are Ben Smith of Leicester, Phil Murgatroyd of Leeds and Morafe Mathews of Botswana. The second team is Gary McMullen, Barry Woodhead and Steve Rowley.

 

This is the first time the university has entered teams for the challenge, which will provide an exciting climax to a year of hard work designing and building the model aeroplanes.

 

RAF Scampton near Lincoln will host the Cargo Aircraft Challenge all-day event on Sunday 11th June.

 

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Note to Newsdesk

A jpg photograph of Paul Gwyther’s team is available on e-mail. Please ring Sam on the number below if you require a copy or wish to send a photographer to either event.

 

Sam Hendley, Press officer. Tel: 01522 886042.