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Aer0nauts Curriculum 2018/19

Flight theory

  • How things fly, aerodynamics, forces, thrust, drag, lift gravity

  • Look at various history of aircraft and their fitness for purpose (physics)


Design and development engineering

  • Explore purpose of different configurations (design for purpose, meeting briefs)

  • Critical thinking: making improvements, identifying problems and qualities,

  • How it works: RC systems, IC engines, Brushless motors, Telemetry, FPV, Stabilisation and control



  • quantifying performance

  • measuring improvements, forces, drag, speed, distance, flight time, current draw, battery life/range, propeller choice



  • Visual literacy - drawing, image processing and rendering,

  • report writing for BMFA, CREST

  • presentation to audience for BMFA

  • technical terminology



  • rigourous and methodical testing

  • materials technology, different steels, woods, adhesives, coverings


Contruction Theory - equipping students to make a range of aircraft

  • We build our own quick-build R/C kit planes using our own construction techniques

  • traditional construction methods using balsa wood and built up construction

  • Using CAD CAM. Starting with 2D laser Cutting moving onto 3D laser cut assemblies and 3D printing.

  • CAD CAM to replicate existing parts, generate scale models, manufacture parts like ribs in quantity and also to cut materials like balsa and plywood quckly and accurately

  • adhesives, fixtures and fittings and hardware


RC Theory (on-going)

  • IC engines technology (using Nitro fuel), running engines safely, tuning, pros and cons v electric

  • Students learn Flying techniques - standing view, FPV from indoor planes and flight simulator


BMFA payload challenges

  • Students enter their designs for the BMFA competition


CREST awards

  • Bronze,Silver and Gold award - distance challenge refine and existing design or design your own