The New Flying Competition
LSV Guenther Groenhoff Stade e.V.
After the teams got to know each other a little better, the members of Neues Fliegen e.V. used the time on Saturday to get the airfield in Stade in perfect condition for the event the next day. Everybody was excited and motivated to get the final preparations of the competition done. With combined forces and some advices by the head of the jury Frank Dohrmann , Prof. Detlef Schulze, the mentor of Neues Fliegen e.V. and members of the LSV (aviator-association) Guenther Groenhoff Stade e.V. the preparations were finished in the early evening hours and everybody was stoked for the upcoming day.
Sunday came and after months of preparations – for the competing teams and the organizing students – the teams from Poland, Turkey, China and Germany arrived in foggy morning atmosphere at the airfield to assemble their models for the competition and to receive the final instructions by the jury. Unfortunately only four of the six competing teams were actually able to present the abilities of their model airplanes but the teams from Uludag/Turkey and from Hamburg-Harburg/Germany showed up at the competition anyways to watch the work of their competitors.
The first task was to start the airplane with the critical engine (decided by the jury) switched off and to fly a right- and
a left-hand-bend before landing the airplane again. The team from “AGH University of Science and Technology” in Krakau/Poland went first and did very
well due to their smart engine concept. Secondly the team HAWings from the “Hamburg University of Applied Sciences”
was able to reveal their airplanes abilities for the first time and coped well with the task.
Now it was the turn of the team from the “Northwestern Polytechnical University” in Xian/China to take on the first task but the first attempt was canceled by their pilot. The second try was more successful but the plane crossed the fences while starting which had to result in a disqualification for the first task. Nevertheless the pilot tried to fulfil the task but struggled to keep the lightweight airplane stable. Even so he managed to land the airplane safely.
The last team to take on the first task was the team from the “Bialystok University of Technology”/Poland who came up with a special concept for their model. Although their model seemed on the one hand very agile but on the other hand a little bit unstable they managed to fulfil the first task, too.
After all teams had passed the first task Frank Dohrmann and Frank Heitmann presented an exciting flight show with their model airplanes – a A10-“Thunderbolt”-Warthog and a Yak-54 – to give the teams a small break and to entertain the spectators with some impressive stunts.
The second task was a very challenging one too: The teams had to fly a loop and afterwards fly for 10 minutes with an average speed of 60km/h while keeping the energy efficiency in mind. The team from Krakau and the HAWings showed a formidable performance with their very stable flying airplanes. Afterwards the team from Xian attended to the second task. Their flight seemed a little less stable then the two flights that preceded. But still they managed to complete the task and land their airplane convincingly.
The team from Bialystok had to take on the task with a restriction – they were not allowed to fly a loop because in the run-up to the competition they didn´t show to the jury that their model was capable of withstanding the great forces that appear during a loop. After finishing the endurance flight the jury discussed the matter once again and decided to give the team a chance to fly the loop but unfortunately the plane crumbled under the stress and crashed – luckily with nobody being harmed.
Afterwards there was still a bit of time and the team from Xian was given the opportunity to retry the first task. This time the takeoff went well but the landing resulted in a minor crash.
Nevertheless everybody was relieved that the competition worked out very well and the teams got into the bus to get back to the “Hamburg University of Applied Sciences” where the award ceremony was about to take place.
After a welcoming drink and some speeches by the jury and members of the university, the standings after reports, science slam and the final flights were announced.
1st Place: The team “NPU Innovation” of the Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian/China
Price money: 5000€ sponsored by Airbus Group
2nd Place: The team “HAWings” from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences / Germany
Price money: 3000€ sponsored by Lufthansa Technik
3rd Place: The “AERO Team ILK AGH” from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakau/Poland
Price money: 2000€ sponsored by Neues Fliegen e.V.
4th Place: The team “Wingfinity” from the TUHH, Hamburg /Germany
5th Place: The team “Podlaska Wytwórnia Samolotów” from the Bialystok University of Technology / Poland
6th Place: The “Uludag NFC Team” from the Uludag University /Turkey
Congratulations to all the competing teams and special thanks to the University of applied sciences Hamburg, Professor Detlef Schulze and especially to all our sponsors and supporters!
Magda Rucinski & Nicolai Albrecht