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Blog for Dr Kenji Takeda at the University of Southampton. Find out about what he's up to in aerodynamics, aircraft noise, flight simulation and Formula One teaching, research and schools outreach. Also see what's going on in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Southampton students flying high...

Today was a big day for the students on the Aeronautics course at Southampton. John Farley, chief test pilot for the Harrier programme, came to fly our third-year's airliner designs on the flight simulator (www.sfsim.com). After a few shakedown flights each team had 30 mins to explain their design and then let the test pilot put it through its paces. Nerve-wracking moments for the students, but thrilling too. Seeing their designs take to the air was great for all involved! After a long day of flying it was hard to differentiate between all of the teams. Hard work by all the students had paid off handsomely, but there was one clear winner. Team E's design stood out as the best flyer, so kudos not only to them, but to everyone for a job well done :)

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