The Fixed Wing Division competes in the SAE Aero Design Regular Class and has done so since 2013. This Division's annual heavy lifting aircraft is made primarily out of bass and balsa wood, has a wingspan upwards of 9 ft, and operated via radio controller by a member of the Fixed Wing team. The entirety of the aircraft is designed and constructed from the ground up by UTA students.
2017 October 6
Last semester the team worked on the AM-2017, our competition scale trainer aircraft, that allowed for new members to become familiar with designing and building aircraft.
With the start of the fall semester the team is now focusing on our newest competition aircraft AM-2018.
This is a very big year for the fixed wing team, and for the first time in three years the team will be going to SAE Aero Design West! AM-2018 will be built from scratch, using all the skills the team has learned from designing and building AM-2017.
2017 February 11
For the past Semester, the Fixed Wing team has been working hard on completing our custom designed “AM-T” trainer aircraft. We’ve made significant progress and should be wrapping
up construction in the next few weeks. We expect to complete the maiden flight shortly after finalizing construction.
This vehicle will serve as a pilot training aircraft for future competition aircrafts. AM-T has been designed with repeatability in mind, meaning we can quickly and easily reproduce the aircraft to provide future members construction experience. Over the years, we hope to be able to increase the division’s fleet size of AM-T and thus pilot training capabilities
Completed AM-T Airframe
First stages of applying the Monokote skin
2016 September 10
The Fall 2016 semester has kicked off and the Fixed Wing division has begun preliminary construction of the AM-T, the division’s trainer plane. The
design of this aircraft is focused around providing significant experience to incoming members in the design, build, test, fly process. The final project
goal is to produce a “fleet” of AM-Ts, which can be easily and quickly produced for years to come and will be an excellent platform for pilot training. This
means that any new or current members who are interested in piloting for future competitions will have a streamlined platform for practice before moving on
to the competition aircraft.
In addition to this project, the Fixed Wing Division is also working on a flight data recorder. This project will give members hands on experience with aircraft electronic packages and how to take an electronic payload from conception to production. The flight data recorder will also allow the division to collect crucial data during desk flights.
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