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Thank you APC Propellers!

Half a propeller. Credit to wikimedia.org!

I’d like to thank APC Propellers for being so rad and helping us with research and design this summer! Their propeller’s are top notch and require a lot less balancing than other brand’s I’ve seen. Thanks again!
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AIAA at UIC would like to thank John Tracy

We would like to thank John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer of Boeing, for coming to UIC and speaking with us last week. Dr. Tracy also gave a guest lecture to students and faculty about all the awesome work that Boeing has done and is planning to do in the future.   Thank you for coming out and speaking with us! boeingpresentationflyer   I would also like to thank the person responsible for the awesome picture taken below, which we used as the featured image. Image source: http://www.imassera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/boeing-logo.jpg
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We’d like to thank our friends at Death Wish Coffee

They’re sponsoring us by sending us some free coffee. As everyone knows, having a crippling coffee addiction is a requirement to be in our club. I’m actually looking forward to our late night work now. Thanks for the coffee! For those that haven’t tried it, you can order some from here: http://deathwishcoffee.com/ If you like coffee, I would try it at least once. If you’re lucky, you can try to stop by and hope we made extra!

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Happy Holidays!

We’d like to take a moment and wish everyone happy holidays. I know most of our team is enjoying the winter break after some crazy finals and I hope that you are enjoying winter as well. Hopefully some others took advantage of NYC’s freakishly warm weather like I did! Happy FestivusSanta, I want a pet chameleon.
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Elections were held and…

We would like to congratulate Kirill Goldin on his election as our new Vice President. He is succeeding Mohammad Farooqi who is graduating at the end of this semester. We’d also like to thank Mohammad for doing a great job as VP and we are going to miss working with him. Thank you for everyone who attended our last general body meeting of the semester and for voting in our elections.
Tyler, Collin (black shirt), Orion (blue shirt), Mohammad, Kirill, Bryan, and Mohil with Dr. Sandra Magnus, Astronaut and director of AIAA

Tyler, Collin (black shirt), Orion (blue shirt), Mohammad, Kirill, Bryan, and Mohil with Dr. Sandra Magnus, Astronaut and director of AIAA

DBF Team Updates!

The Design Build Fly group has been very busy the past couple of weeks. Check out some of our pictures from our airfoil testing as well as the construction of our prototype!
Team members heat shrink wrapping airfoil test sections.

Team members heat shrink wrapping airfoil test sections.

Don't glue your hands here.

Team members constructing airfoil test sections.

With our amazing circular saw!

Team members cutting wood.

Check out that calligraphy!

Prototype ribs after being laser cut.

Collin and team checking out the thrust testing system.

Collin and team checking out the thrust testing system.

We're definitely using this 3 part propeller.

Thrust testing setup in the ERF basement.

How to read airfoil test data from the wind tunnel.

How to read airfoil test data from the wind tunnel.

The team testing airfoil sections in the existing wind tunnel

The team testing airfoil sections in the existing wind tunnel

Who needs UL certification?

The electronics team modifying a battery charger.

Laser Cutting!

You can almost see the smoke.

You can almost see the smoke.

We completed laser cutting of our spruce and balsa parts last week and have begun building our prototype. With any luck, the winter weather will go away and we can get some test flights in before winter break!
Check out that calligraphy!

Prototype ribs after being laser cut.

We would like to thank our friends over in the UIC Innovation Center for letting us use their laser cutter.  

DBF Prototype Parts are in!

We’ve finally gotten most of our materials needed to build our first prototype. Next week we’re going to be ordering the remaining parts. The team has already laser cut parts so we can build next week!
Tyler, Mohammad, and Mohil building the "Suboptimal 2.0", our prototype.

Tyler, Mohammad, and Mohil building the “Suboptimal 2.0”, our prototype.

Mohammad, Mohil, Orion, and Tyler constructing the prototype.

Mohammad, Mohil, Orion, and Tyler constructing the prototype.