Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Plane Driven Powered Actuator Mod Nomination

Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Plane Driven Powered Actuator Mod
Experimenter: Trey Johnson, Art Stackowski, Buzz Richards, Tony Horvath, Sean VanHatten, Cliff Gerber, Geoff Stevenson
Category: Test
Aircraft: PD-2 N390PD
Date: Aug 2013
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Author: Cliff Gerber

Argument:  The Plane Driven program is very simple in concept, what makes it tough is the wide range of environments a flying car would encounter.  This range of environments is wide enough that it makes it hard to predict them.  So the team has smartly chosen to put the vehicle in those environments early and often.  This most recent change from a manual to driven actuator, and the resulting change in time to actuate by two orders of magnitude is a great example of the value refining a working system through thorough, realistic, and varied testing.  
-Elliot Seguin












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