What type of aircraft do we build ?

We design and manufacture two types of remote controlled aircraft, to compete in the micro and regular class events. Both aircraft are electric driven and capable of lifting payload.

What are our airplanes constructed from ?

18521_499831750055184_1662282484_n– Several types of lightweight wood (balsa, light ply etc.)
– Aluminum for structural & connective components
– High strength-to-weight materials including unidirectional carbon fiber and fiberglass

All components are optimized to give a lightweight, strong structure capable of supporting several multiples of the aircraft’s own weight!

Who is involved with Ryerson Aero Design ?

Traditionally, students from aerospace, mechanical, electrical and other engineering disciplines have taken part in previous projects. Other students from computer science, arts, finance and economics have also helped the team succeed (helped with colour schemes, logos, and website design) . Anyone interested is welcome to join!

What are the 2017 SAE Aero Design competition rules?

The rules to the 2017 SAE Aero Design Competition can be found here: 2017 SAE AERO RULES530746_492705354101157_973977255_n

A brief summary of the competition objectives are below.

Regular Class – the goal is to reliably lift the most passengers (tennis balls) and luggage (weight plates) and thereby maximize the total revenue, with limited available power. The number of seated Passengers and Luggage work to increase revenue, whereas empty seats work to reduce revenue; similar to the challenges faced by commercial airlines.

Micro Class To design a light-weight micro UAV style aircraft that can be hand launched. the scoring for this class is based off of payload fraction (weight of payload over entire weight of plane (payload plus empty weight)).

Why compete in the SAE Aero Design competition?

Ryerson Aero Design gives students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to a real world project. Students not only learn how to design and manufacture entire aircraft, but also learn key project management skills that are very valuable to future employers.

Overall, this competition gives students real “applied” experience that Ryerson University is known for.