The Helicopter/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems/Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop is a yearly collaboration between the Connecticut and North Carolina Space Grant Consortia. In 2017, it was held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, with students from North Carolina, Massachusetts, West Virginia, California, Vermont, and Connecticut participating.  Along with classroom instruction on aerodynamics and helicopter and UAV flight behavior and operation, the students visited Sikorsky and Pratt and Whitney for a tour of their facilities. Workshop participants designed and constructed radio controlled coaxial helicopters, then tested their flight capabilities through a series of in-flight maneuvers. The ability to perform a vertical takeoff and landing was also a part of the design, build, and flight evaluation.

The Helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems/Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop occur on alternating years. The Helicopter workshop occurs on odd years and the UAV workshop on even years.

For information on Helicopter/UAS/AREW workshops held in previous years, check out the Connecticut Space Grant workshops page and keep on the lookout for the next Connecticut Space Grant helicopter workshop. Graduate and undergraduate students from all over the United States whose institution is affiliated with the NASA Space Grant are welcome to attend the workshop.

Students observing a propeller at the Aircraft Readiness workshop

Aircraft Readiness Engineering Workshop – NC Space Grant, in collaboration with North Carolina State University and the United States Navy Fleet Readiness Center-East, creates experiences for students to work directly with Department of Defense engineers from the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center-East Facility and discover the exciting world of supporting military aviation. Activities include:

  • Hands-on exposure to topics such as Mishap Investigation, Power and Propulsion, Air Frames, and Composite Repairs
  • Interactive squadron/flight line tour of military VTOL aircraft and simulators
  • Exploration of Navy/Marine Corps Aircraft such as V-22 Osprey, H-53 Heavy Lift Helo, AH-1 Cobra, and AV-8 Harrier Jump Jet
  • RC build and fly competition

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Past Awardees

Elias Levinson, Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont