7th June 2000




Two teams of engineering students will compete nose to nose on Sunday (11th June) when they take to the skies for a major national flying competition.


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


Designing and building the planes was part of the students’ final assessment, and they are now eagerly awaiting their exam results which will determine their degrees. They will graduate at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 19th July.


Sunday’s challenge is run in association with British Aerospace and the teams are busy putting the finishing touches to their planes. 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.


“This weekend we’ll have the chance to show off our planes, which are our final assessment projects and will help determine our results,” 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 these model aeroplanes,” said university press officer Sam Hendley.


Teams will give a presentation and display their planes at the Lincoln campus on Saturday (June 10th).




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.