GAMA names the winners of the Aviation Design Challenge 2022
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has named Cheektowaga’s team, from New York’s Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center, the winner of its annual high school aviation design challenge. Second place was awarded to a team from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington. According to GAMA, more than 65 high school teams representing 28 states participated in the 2022 challenge.
“It’s inspiring to see teams from across the country putting such great effort into the Aviation Design Challenge,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “We are especially proud of the work done by the teams at Harkness Career and Technical Center and Raisbeck Aviation High School and look forward to rewarding these teams with additional exceptional experiences that will continue to spark interest in all aspects of the general aviation.”
Now in its tenth year, the GAMA Aviation Design Challenge offers the “Fly to Learn” program to participating teams, who then apply what they have learned by modifying the design of a virtual aircraft using X-Plane software. . Teams compete in a virtual fly-off and are scored based on aircraft performance metrics, a checklist of steps involved in the demonstration flight, and a video submission where the team summarizes what she learned. The mission for the 2022 challenge was to modify a CubCrafters NX Cub to fly from Seattle, Washington, to Packwood, Washington while efficiently delivering maximum payload.
The prize for the first place team includes CubCrafters manufacturing experience, tours of Boeing and Signature Aviation facilities and demonstration flight opportunities. The second place team will receive a Redbird flight simulation STEM lab. The GAMA Aviation Design Challenge is sponsored by companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, Cirrus Aircraft, CubCrafters, Embraer, Garmin, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Hartzell Propeller, Jet Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Redbird Flight Simulations, Signature Aviation, Textron Aviation and Wipair.