Students win big in national flight competition
UMCASI (The University of Manitoba student chapter of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) represented the U of M at the 2013 National CASI Free Flight Competition out in Gananoque, Ontario. UMCASI placed first overall!
Composed of 16 members all with backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, UMCASI is an Aerospace Engineering student group that designs, builds, and operates a tow-launched glider to compete in the annual CASI Free Flight Glider Competition. Through this, students are given the opportunity to expand and then apply their academic knowledge – including aerodynamics, aircraft performance, and construction techniques – to a real-world engineering problem. Through various parts of the competition, students also develop comfort and skill with written and oral communication and presentations while giving them the chance to interact with other future engineers in a competitive and professional environment.
The team would like to thank Manitoba Aerospace, Engineering Endowment Fund, Magellan Aerospace, the University of Manitoba Graduate Student Association, Streuber Financial, Cormer Aerospace. And a special thanks to Virgil Sumaling and Barrie and Bruce Taylor.