It Flies! Merlin Flight Simulation

It Flies! A Unique Flying Competition

Our Merlin flight simulation laboratory provides aerospace students with a unique opportunity to showcase their designs through It Flies! USA and UK competitions. The  competitions are held at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA, in April and Swansea, Wales, UK, in June. Air Force lieutenant colonels, majors and generals from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) "fly" the student-designed simulations and contribute significantly to the students' aircraft design knowledge-base. Click here for more information about our Merlin Flight Simulator Lab.

It Flies! UK 2018

This spring, Will Cammack, mechanical and aerospace engineering major from the University of Dayton, USA, won first prize for his simulation of a KC-135 stratotanker during the It Flies! USA competition. 

Cammack's next stop is Manchester, UK, where his design will compete at the  June 8 It Flies! UK event. Director of the Merlin Flight Simulator Lab, Dr. Aaron Altman, will also be at the event. In the UK, Cammack's stratotanker design will challenge entries from the universities of Manchester, Swansea, Amsterdam, University of South Wales, Teesside and Dayton. Good Luck, Will!

First Prize:  $500 from Merlin Products, student membership of The Royal Aeronautical Society and  coins from SETP, went to Will Cammack, mechanical and aerospace engineering major from the University of Dayton, USA, for his simulation of a KC-135 stratotanker.

 

Prize for The Most Innovative Design: $200 and copies of The Aviation Historian went to Oliver Williams, Jason Hitchman and Matthew Uren from The University of Manchester, UK, for their simulation of ‘Dragonfly’ a flying car that drives and flies.

Prize for the Best Project Presentation: The book, Test Flying at Old Wright Field and copies of The Aviation Historian went to James Shipway, Bronwen Hadden and Dragos Sovar from The University of South Wales for their Blended Wing Body cargo aircraft based on the Airbus A320.

It Flies! UK 2017

  • First: The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Sam Le Poole, ATLAS – unmanned blended wing body cargo freighter
  • Second: The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Mike Hartman, E-SPARC, an electrically sustainably propelled aerobatic racing aircraft.
  • Third: The University of Manchester, Ugne Kiudulaite and Ruta Marcinkeviciute. Design: Light, closed-wing, single-engine aircraft design

Most Innovative Design

  • The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Mike Hartman. Design: E-SPARC, an electrically sustainable, propelled aerobatic racing aircraft

Best Project Presentation

  • The University of Dayton, Hunter Johnston and Jacob Korczyk for their crop duster design

Click here to read the article in the October 2017 issue of the Aero Society's Aerospace Magazine.

It Flies! USA 2017

Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). All entries were flown and assessed on the MP521 Engineering Flight Simulator at UD.

First: The University of Manchester, Yufei Jin, Ana Gea Espinos and Thomas Moissinac. Two-person, short-range VTOL aircraft with electrical propulsion system.
Second: The University of Dayton, Ryan Vince. Boeing 757-200.
Third: The University of Dayton, Hunter Johnston, Jacob Korczyk and Mark Susong. Crop duster.

Prizes for the Most Innovative Design: The University of Manchester, Charles-Antoine Lassonery, Kavin Kumar and Seiya Sato. Hybrid aircraft with better performance and efficiency compared to B757 and A321neo.

Prizes for the Best Project Presentation: 
First: The University of Manchester VTOL aircraft.
Second: The University of Manchester Hybrid aircraft.
Third: The University of Dayton, Tim Gerham, Acrobatic aircraft.

Click here to read the article in the August 2017 issue of the Aero Society's Aerospace Magazine.

CONTACT

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Renewable and Clean Energy, Dr. J. Kelly Kissock, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238
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