Indoor Catapult Launched Glider Competition John Monk
This event is the 2 nd indoor challenge hosted by the Society, and this time it was held at the Swartkops Airforce Base in Hangar 14 on 22 nd October 2010.
It was decided that the format for this event would be a challenge involving endurance only and competitors were allowed to use bungee catapults to launch their gliders. This meant that the gliders all had to be able to withstand the launch forces and the initial high speed aerodynamics before getting to “Top of Climb” and settling into a slow spiral flight down to the ground. Obviously those designs that had the best balance in both these flight regimes ruled the day. Then of course having to avoid the roof trusses and the side walls as well. Needle ss to say, everybody had to do plenty of practicing to set their trims and CG position. The Glider Competitors . Read more here,(pdf).
This is an extract from the Jan 2011 issue of the AeSSA News letter and is published with the permission of the AeSSA,