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Marcs extensive background in remote controlled model aircraft
made him the ideal candidate to lead team efforts in building a quarter scale
model of the Wright Flyer replica. The flying model was featured at the DINOTEK
technology exhibit during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and will be used
in educational outreach projects throughout the state. A native of Mahwah, New
Jersey, Marc has a penchant for Harley Davidson motorcycles and just about anything
Participating in the project is providing me with opportunities
to learn more about the use of composite materials and the engineering of wing-warping,
said Marc, who is working toward a two-year associate degree in airframe and powerplant.
A flying enthusiast, Robert helped to design and build the
rudder on the quarter scale replica and is using what he learned to help with
the full-scale replica. A junior majoring in aviation maintenance technology,
he hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Im no engineer, but I enjoy designing and building aircraft.
Im learning a great deal about aerodynamics and strength of materials principles.
A member of the Army Reserve, Tyler works on the Apache Helicopter
(AH-64) and admits that the Wright Flyer is quite a change of pace. The Ogden,
Utah native, who is majoring in computer and electronics technology along with
airframe and power plant technology, helped to build the canard, rigging and
fabric covering on the quarter scale model. Hell continue to be involved with
the project as he assists with construction of the full-scale replica.
Its not every day one gets the opportunity to help with cutting-edge
technology. Im learning a lot about composite manufacturing and the various new
A native of Wyomings Star Valley, Blake enjoys both flying
remote-controlled aircraft and piloting real planes. The sophomore aviation
technology helped build the quarter scale model of the USU Wright Flyer replica
and is now constructing parts for the full-scale replica out of composite materials.
Building an aircraft is great experience. Im learning that good
ideas even those that come from professors -- must be tested.
A freshman aviation maintenance technology major, James is
involved with documentation, organization, machining of hardware and assembly
of the full-scale replica. This jack-of-all-trades, who hails from Tremonton,
Utah, brings seven years of experience as a machinist in the aerospace industry
to the project.
This is a very interesting project and Im grateful for the
opportunity to be a part of such a great team.
A senior majoring in aviation maintenance management, Shane
hails from the mining town of Price, Utah. He assisted with construction of
the quarter scale model, including hand shaping the props, and is now helping
with fabrication of the wing ribs for the full-scale replica.
Its interesting to watch how a project such as this goes together
from start to finish, including the different steps of design and fabrication.
A junior majoring in welding engineering, Chase is performing
portions of the welding and heat treatment of welds on the full-scale replica.
He is a native of Vernal, Utah and enjoys camping, hiking, music and learning.
The experience and knowledge Im gaining from this project will
help me with my senior project, which includes the use of various composites.
Im also learning a lot from being a part of a team.
Jesse revels in all aspects of aviation and its history, so
the Wright Flyer project was right up his alley. Raised near Hill Air Force
Base in Layton, Utah, the sophomore aviation maintenance management major lists
flying, working on cars and aircraft, and sports as his top interests.
From this project, Ive discovered just how detailed the design
and manufacture of an aircraft is.
Cody helped to build the quarter scale model of the USU Wright
Flyer replica and is helping to construct the full-scale replica. A member of
USUs Air Force ROTC, the Denver native enjoys sports, cars and any kind of
Examining the differences between early planes and modern aircraft
is fascinating. Im learning how technology can make things better.
When asked about his hometown, Sam simply replies, Military
which anyone associated with the armed forces immediately understands. A junior
majoring in aviation technology, Sam says hes enjoying learning about the history
of the Wright Flyer and powered flight, as well as the technology behind it.
The flight of the Wright Brothers original aircraft is a great
event in history and its an honor to be a part of the centennial celebration.
An international student from Taiwan, Ying has studied aeronautical
maintenance at USU since 1998. He is very proud he can be a member of Wright
"When I was a child, I read the story about Wright Brothers.
Then, the dreams come true after 20 years. I have the opportunity to participate
this project. I also learn a lot from my experienced instructors and teammates.
The Wright Flyer Project will be an unforgettable memory in my life".
Encouraged by classmates to get involved in the USU Wright
Flyer project, Patrick is involved with the construction of the wings and wing
coverings. The sophomore aviation technology major will also be involved in
planning the transport of the finished aircraft.
Its interesting to learn about the methods used in the construction
of early aircraft as well as the design and fabrication of modern composites,
says the Logan, Utah native.
A member of USUs Air Force ROTC, Jill says shes eager to
being involved in building the full-scale replica. The Tooele, Utah native is
a junior aviation maintenance management major.
Im looking forward to participating in a project that goes
hand-in-hand with the subjects Im learning in the classroom.
A sophomore in aviation maintenance technology, Scott sees
the USU Wright Flyer project as a perfect way to gain hands-on experience in
his field of study. Hell assist in the manufacture of composite parts and the
assembly of the full-scale replica.
This is a great opportunity to apply what were learning from
textbooks and classroom lectures, says the Logan, Utah native.