Labor Day weekend speed build

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Thanks to all who attended our Labor Day weekend speed build! Here’s a recap of what happened.

Friday, 9/2

DBF Illinois members met for the first time and attended a design seminar in the aero lab on the 3rd floor of Talbot to get a better understanding of what goes into designing and building a RC aircraft.

Elias, Meng, Dhipak, and Jeremy led design subgroups focusing on different aspects of the plane: aerodynamics, stability+controls, structures, and propulsion.

The mission: design and build an aircraft that could take off with a payload of a single tennis ball.

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Meng giving a talk about structures

Saturday, 9/3

On Saturday,  we organized and cleaned our workspace and storage areas in preparation for the build session as well as the upcoming season. In the process we also recycled old aircraft parts to recoup some building materials.

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Our newly organized storage area in Talbot 18C

Sunday, 9/4

Most components of our speed build plane were built and integrated Sunday afternoon. The team made simultaneous progress on multiple parts of the aircraft, from the motor mount and fuselage to the tail surfaces. Talbot 18A, 18B, and 18C were bustling with DBF Illinois members. New members learned all about construction techniques, tooling, and materials, while veterans imparted their knowledge. Everyone was deeply involved.

Monday, 9/5

Labor Day. 90 degrees F. Partly cloudy skies. Light breeze.

DBF Illinois made some finishing touches on the speed-build prototype. After performing some final pre-flight checks, we made our first flight of the 2016-2017 season on the concrete sidewalk right outside of Talbot. The flight was short and sweet.

After charging up our batteries, we headed out to the South Quad, across the street from the Undergraduate Library (UGL). Originally, our flying location was the Stock Pavillion, but we decided given the high temperatures that it would be nicer to just fly outside.

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Overall, the Labor Day speed build event helped kickstart DBF Illinois’ 2016-2017 season. With two in-house competitions in the upcoming months, as well as the official AIAA competition in the spring, this weekend provided a smattering of technical and interpersonal skills for new members and veterans, which will be critical for us later on. As a team, we have also gained confidence in our ability to successfully design, build and fly a RC airplane.

We look forward to the upcoming season and can’t wait for the exciting experiences to come.

Tailwinds

written by Ben Li

Fall 2016 First General Meeting

Come join us on Monday 8/29 at for our first general meeting!

  • Time: Monday 8/29, 5pm
  • Location: DCL 1310

Our president Elias Waddington and faculty advisor Professor Ansell will be presenting our strategy for this year, in addition to introducing all the new members to the club. 

February 4th, 2016 – Design Projects

In addition to designing and building our competition, this semester DBF will be hosting an individual design project. Through this semester, anyone will be able to take on their own project. You’ll design your very own RC aircraft to meet a set of requirements, then prototype and fly it yourself!

To give you all the tools you need to design your own aircraft, DBF will also be offering weekly lectures. Our team leads will give presentations to teach you more about their discipline. To see the lecture schedule, click on Lectures on the top bar!

September 1st, 2015 – Officer Applications

A big thank you to everyone who came to our meeting last night! It was great seeing everyone again, and we’re happy to have so many members on board with us. A few updates we promised at the meeting:

– The subscription link is on the left bar. If you or any of your friends are not on DBF’s mailing list, please click the link to start receiving updates about build sessions and other events!

– As of now, technical leadership positions include Aerodynamics, Control and Stability, Performance, Propulsion, and Structures. If you are interested in any of these roles, a different technical role, or a more involved role such as Project Manager or Chief Engineer, please e-mail Nick at nhou2@illinois.edu

– Operations positions include:
Business Chair
Marketing Chair
Student Relations Chair
Treasurer
Web Officer
To apply to any of these positions, click on their respective links. If you have any questions, please ask!

Updates: August 22nd, 2015

I hope your summer has been a relaxing one, and that you’re ready to get back to school. We’ve got a lot planned this year for DBF, as we look to build off of last year’s success and have another productive year.

To see what we’ve been up to, we have two important events coming up:

Come see us at Quad Day! We’ll be on the Quad from 12-4PM this Sunday (8/23) to meet and greet freshmen, transfers, and any other students who are interested in getting involved with DBF. For more details about our location on the Quad, check back here a few hours before the event.

Our first general meeting is next Monday (8/31) at 6PM in Everitt 269. Come learn about our group, see what we’ve done in years past, and find out how you can get involved this year! There are many upcoming opportunities for new students to get acquainted with us, which we’ll be talking about at the meeting. As always, pizza and drinks will be served!

If you have any questions, or are unable to come to either of these events, feel free to contact Nick at nhou2@illinois.edu

Updates: February 9th, 2015

Happy spring semester, everyone! It’s great to see all of you back on campus. Even though we still have lots to do before our competition, we’ve made great progress so far. We tested out our first prototype, and are almost done building our second and final prototype. Check out the pages on the left to see what we’ve done!

We’d love to have you on our team! To learn how to join, E-mail Brian at secretary.uiuc.dbf@gmail.com

Design Build Fly – University of Illinois Chapter