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AOPA AV8R wins National Real World Design Challenge

June 1, 2013

Design Viability National Merit Award winnersAOPA AV8R Tayler Evans of Middletown, MD was part of a seven-member team that won the prestigious Design Viability National Merit Award as part of the National Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) recently held in Washington, D.C. The students participate in the Engineering CAD program at the Frederick County Public Schools' Career and Technology Center (CTC).

This year RWDC, the fastest growing nationwide STEM program, had teams from across the country developing business plans, mission plans, and full UAV/drone designs using professional aeronautical and engineering software to create a complete small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS). The performance of the search and rescue drones, designed with a variety of power systems and camera/sensor payloads, were evaluated by aviation experts in the government and in commercial industry. The drone designed by the team from Maryland was deemed to be the most viable design solution presented.

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