Penn State Intercom......August 9 , 2001

Students place in
aviation competition

A team of Penn State aerospace engineering students took second place at the National General Aviation Design Competition in Oshkosh, Wis., over the weekend.

The student engineers designed "Defiance," a four-place, single-engine, turbofan-powered aircraft. Defiance's twin tail boom, twin vertical tail layout uses both aluminum and modern composite materials, and features advanced aerodynamics, avionics and support systems.

The competition's winners were recognized at a ceremony at AirVenture 2001, the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention and fly-in. The annual contest is part of a national effort to rekindle interest by U.S. students in the general aviation sector.

For its efforts, the University team takes home a $2,000 prize. The group's faculty adviser is Hubert C. "Skip" Smith, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering.

The University has won a place award in each of the competition's seven years.