A Unique Start in Unique Times

Photo ©2020 Tom Wagner/S&T Design Center, Missouri S&T Student Design Center, (SDELC), Exterior Architectural night photo of building extension with signage.

Welcome to the most unique year in Miner Aviation history. The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped since our competition season closed back in April and it does not seem to be ending anytime soon. However, a pandemic will not slow down the Miners in Flight. With masks on, standing 6 feet apart, and temperatures checked,… Continue reading A Unique Start in Unique Times

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To New Beginnings

Hello all, As you have probably heard, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition has been canceled. While this is disappointing to the team, we prioritize everyone’s health and safety over everything else. The COVID-19 situation has been an ever-evolving situation. It began with our competition being canceled, then our school moving to… Continue reading To New Beginnings

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The Countdown has Begun!

MINER AVIATION NEEDS YOUR HELP! As you know, our team works hard as a student-led organization to give all of our members a lasting and unique experience in engineering. We take an average of twenty students to competition every year, and believe it or not, that is one of the largest contributions to our budget.… Continue reading The Countdown has Begun!

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Off to the Races!

The results are in… Miner Aviation is going to competition! Not only that, but we tied for 5th out of 141 proposals! We haven’t just been sitting around waiting for results, though. MAV has been hard at work testing and optimizing designs to fit this year’s competition demands. At one point the Aerodynamics Subteam tested… Continue reading Off to the Races!

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New Year, New Rules!

Hello all! This is Donni Johnson, the new president of Miner Aviation. For the past two years, Annika Highley has written these posts. I hope I can do as well as she did! After a successful year with AIAA’s Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition, we are excited and ready for more! With a new year comes a… Continue reading New Year, New Rules!

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Soaring High in Tucson

It’s been a few weeks since competition wrapped up now, but Miner Aviation is still riding the high of a top 15 finish in the 2019 AIAA Design Build Fly event in Tucson, Arizona. Since this was our first time with the new competition, we weren’t quite sure of what to expect. Overall, we greatly… Continue reading Soaring High in Tucson

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Counting Down to Competition

On Wednesday, I wistfully watched the truck carrying our plane and tools drive down the road and begin its journey for Tucson. I wanted to tell the driver to be careful, after all, this was the project that we had been working on all year. My team’s blood, sweat, tears, money, and all of our… Continue reading Counting Down to Competition

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Preparing for Takeoff

With just under a month until competition, Miner Aviation has a successful test flight under our wing! In fact, the team has been so busy getting flying experience under our belt that I’ve lost track of how many test flights we’ve completed! This of course is great news for us as we assess our readiness… Continue reading Preparing for Takeoff

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Smoothing Out The Edges

Team members Hamming and Ben tack the monokote down to the fuselage structure.

Ever since the rules for the AIAA Design Build Fly competition were published in September, Miner Aviation has been rising to meet the challenge, putting together the perfect aircraft for the task. There have been a lot of ups and downs since then, but with the help of our leads, teammates, and advisors, we’re coming… Continue reading Smoothing Out The Edges

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