Students in aviation club worked with Mr. Evans (CFI) on their approach and landing technique.
Students at Aviation Club have an opportunity to work through various stations learning about aeronautics through basic ground instruction and various flight simulators. Below is a student is receiving instruction from Mr. Evans on basics flight maneuvers using our X-Planes Flight Simulator.
Today, students experimented with changing the angle of attack and adding flaps to the wing to see the affect it has on the wings ability to generate lift. Students first tested how much weight the wing could carry with a zero angle of attack and no flaps. They then repeated the process but each time increased the angle of attack and then with flaps. The students discovered that increasing the angle of attack and/or adding flaps increased the weight thus the lift threefold. This concludes SJVA’s Summer Aviation Institute but will resume in August once the school year starts.
Today, students used our wing cutter to make foam wings for their balsa gliders. After they created their foam wings they had an opportunity to test the lifting capabilities on our wing tester. Tomorrow, students will experiment on how changing the angle of attack affects the wings ability to generate lift.
Today, students learned about the aspect ratio of wings and how they relate to the amount of lift a wing generates. Using Plane Maker and X-Plane simulator, the class modified the wing of a Vans RV 10 aircraft with five different aspect ratios. They then proceeded to fly each aircraft three times recording the takeoff distance for each takeoff. The class came to the conclusion that the wing with the largest aspect ratio generated the greatest amount of lift and required the least amount of runway to lift off. Just like the previous days, students spent time flying simulators, flying the RC airplane, and building the RC Piper Cub.