Monday, February 16, 2015

Raven NXT Modification Nomination

Title: Raven NXT
Experimenters:  Andy Chiavetta, Smokey Young
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: Raven NXT
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  The Raven NXT program (link) is fantastic on so many different levels.  First you have an aggressive goal (long range record setting) set by a experienced pilot and racer Smokey Young.  Besides his flying experience another skill that Smokey has is the ability to pull a program together.  He was able to get the attention of Andy Chiavetta who has been doing the work to modify the airplane.  Andy's company Aerochia has been a hotspot for composite manufacturing for many years but this project allows Andy to bring to the team his secret weapon, his ability to make a 550 Continental make more power than anybody.  This is the first time a Continental has been put in an NXT airframe.  All this and interns being brought in by Smokey to learn from Andy adds up to a program that is technically aggressive and inspires the next generation of designers, builders, and testers.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, what is happening with this airframe? I saw it for sale last year. My company is seriously on the lookout for an NXT airframe. Are there any around that you know of?