Who Are We

Miner Aviation, formerly known as Advanced Aero Vehicle Group, was founded in 1999 to design, build, and fly a task specific, RC, competitive aircraft. In 2007, the team had leftover composite materials and was inspired to make this into a new project. Thus, the rocketry side of AAVG was born. For almost 10 years, the team competed in both rocketry and plane competitions. The aircraft and rocket teams decided in 2016 to split into two individual organizations to better serve their respective members. Miner Aviation is now dedicated solely to the construction and development of RC aircraft.

For two decades, Miner Aviation has trained aerospace industry engineers through the use of our state-of-the-art facilities at the Student Design and Experiencial Learning Center (SDELC). Our members train on design and modelling with SolidWorks, parameter analysis with MatLAB, composite design and construction, rapid prototyping, OMAX cutting files, and so much more. We work to be the best of the best and 20 years after the birth of AAVG,  Miner Aviation is going strong.

Celebrating Many Years of Success!

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Get Involved

Weekly meetings every Wednesday at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

Joining the Miner Aviation team is a great chance to explore aerospace engineering and design work. While the team is focused around aerospace engineering, other disciplines such as electrical and mechanical engineering can also be applied through individual subgroups. Anyone can join and contribute, regardless of major or previous experience. Each member must be on one subgroup but may join as many as they can handle.

In order to join the team, prospective members need to attend our weekly meetings. There you can speak with the Team President about officially joining the team and a subgroup.

Meet The Team Leaders

The Beginning of your Professional Experience Starts Here

Officers

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PRESIDENT

SAM WEILER

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VICE PRESIDENT

DOMINIC ZANTI

Joey Russell

Chief Engineer

JOEY RESSEL

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Business Coordinator

ADAM BOLAND

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Public Relations Coordinator

Zuzanna Kazmierczak

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Shop Liaison

Luke Hellebusch

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Webmaster

MASON PHILLIPS

"I love getting to utilize a skill that I have gained in the past with web design, while also getting my foot in the door to other positions as well. Being an officer is a great way to contribute and get a leadership experience!"

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Technical Documentation

DOMINIC ZANTI

"I enjoy being able to work behind the scenes on the reports and proposals we write to make sure they look the best they can. It is satisfying submitting a document that you helped create."

Leads

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Design and Manufacturing

Brennen Lee

Jack Mitchel

Design and Manufacturing

JACK MITCHELL

Matik Heskin

Dynamic Systems

MATIK HESKIN

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Structures

DEREK VANDERMARK

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Propulsion

MASON PHILLIPS

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Aerodynamics and Stability/Control

RAMZY BAEZ