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General Aviation Challenge

Mod EternalDarkness  one month ago
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Welcome to the General Aviation challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

Deadline is March the 1st.

If you accept the challenge, your goal is to make a General Aviation aircraft. That is an aircraft intended for personal use. I will not be accepting private jets, dedicated cargo planes, helicopters and ultralight aircraft into this challenge, as I consider those to be separate categories. I will allow one entry per user per category.

Requirements:

  • Your entry must be a new and original build;
  • Intended purpose of your design must be personal transport;
  • Your entry must be a propeller-driven GA aircraft for personal transport that is not ultralight;
  • Your plane must provide seating for two to ten people including crew. Single seater sports/ultralights and 11+ seat mini liners will not be accepted;
  • Your plane may be a replica or a fictional design, but must be realistic;
  • Your entry must be flyable aircraft. If I can't get it off the ground, it'll be disqualified;
  • Your entry must contain at least 150 parts;
  • Your entry must contain fewer than 1000 parts;
  • XML editing is allowed and encouraged. Mod parts are forbidden, and entries containing mod parts will be tested with mod parts removed;
  • Entry must be tagged with "General Aviation" tag;
  • Entry must have description. If you can't write one yourself due to language issue, ask a friend to do it for you;
  • Entry must be a successor to the challenge post.
  • I will be comparing the plane with closest real life plane to assess its seating capacity.

I keep the right to accept planes with fewer than 150 and more than 1000 parts if I really like them. Such exception will be fined with 5 points for failing to fit the requirements, and I will request a version with reduced part count if I can't run the original.

Entries will be divided into two categories: single engine and twin engine.
Each category will have its three winners (first, second, and third place), and I will select an overall winner.

Judging criteria:

  • Design: Does it look like a GA plane? Is it proportional? If it's a replica, how accurate is it? 10 points
  • Performance: Does it fly like a comparable real plane? I will be looking at max speed, rate of climb, gliding performance... 10 points
  • Paint scheme: GA planes are always painted to look nice. Yours shouldn't be an exception. 10 points
  • Build quality: Smoothness, efficiency in using parts, custom parts (gear, surfaces). 10 points
  • Personal impression: Did I enjoy flying it? Do I consider it good looking? 5 points
  • Description: Does it contain pictures? Does it describe the plane? Does it provide instructions? 10 points

Rewards:

-Winner of the challenge - 10 upvotes and 3 spotlights;
- 1st place in the category - 8 upvotes and 2 spotlight;
- 2nd place in the category - 5 upvotes and a spotlight on the entry;
- 3rd place in the category - 3 upvotes and a spotlight on the entry;
- Every entry - upvote.

If it's a collaboration project, builders will share the reward. If the reward can't be shared between two builders, like 3 upvotes, both builders will receive 2 upvotes. Same with spotlights.

If you don't understand something, feel free to ask.

Do your best. Just because a high level builder posted a good entry, doesn't mean you can't beat him with a bit of effort.

I will not provide feedback on your entries until I start judging, except to inform those with unsuitable builds that they can't compete.

A few advices:

  • Do your research. Read about planes similar to your design (or about your design, if it's a replica);
  • Pay attention to details. Look up pictures. Every one of those little antennas, bulges, and holes has a purpose. Try to put them on your build;
  • Try to find a cutaway of an aircraft similar to yours. It will tell you what goes where;
  • Here are some suggestions if you can't find a nice GA plane to build.
    Good luck

General Characteristics

  • Successors 40 airplane(s) +3683 bonus
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 24.6ft (7.5m)
  • Length 6.8ft (2.1m)
  • Height 24.6ft (7.5m)
  • Empty Weight 3,687lbs (1,672kg)
  • Loaded Weight 3,687lbs (1,672kg)

Performance

  • Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 52300

Parts

  • Number of Parts 49
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    7,905 Zippy6

    Is there such a thing as a too long desc?

    +1 yesterday
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    @jlewisifer there's still a week. I might add another if too many entries are late.

    +1 yesterday
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    11.3k jlewisifer

    Always a fan of GA challenges! late to the party, but i'll try to get one in on time!

    +1 yesterday
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    42.3k Chancey21

    I don’t know if I can meet the deadline just so you know @EternalDarkness

    2 days ago
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    @EternalDarkness thx

    2 days ago
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    @Griffinthedragon yes, you can replace your entry.

    2 days ago
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    @EternalDarkness I know you said one entry Per user but I’m not satisfied with my current plan and I want to make a new better one,if thats ok. I’m thinking of doing something like the Cessna 337

    2 days ago
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    1,002 ShrimpRex

    @EternalDarkness That’s one way to put it, I guess

    4 days ago
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    @ShrimpRex you need to add more bits. Honestly, I've seen some entries that haven't yet been submitted, and you don't stand much chance without at least 250 parts. Minimal part count for the build to be rated as an entry is 150.

    +1 5 days ago
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    1,002 ShrimpRex

    @EternalDarkness I have an aircraft with 90 parts, is that acceptable or do I need to add useless bits to it?

    5 days ago
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    42.3k Chancey21

    Her is what I ask myself:
    -Does this look/work exactly like the one in real life?
    -Why not?
    -Fix/add it @engineerier

    11 days ago
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    @engineerier antennas, custom landing gear and control surfaces, registration, more complex fuselage shape, intake for turbocharger, door outlines and handles, position and landing lights...

    +2 11 days ago
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    Mine has 45 parts and I don't know what to add :P

    11 days ago
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    @EternalDarkness ok

    11 days ago
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    I can accept it, but I'd rather have a conventional plane.

    +1 11 days ago
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    The Agusta-Bell BA-609 TiltRotor count ?

    11 days ago
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    7,004 Vidal99977

    @EnternalDarkness no worries! I will make a TBM model

    +1 12 days ago
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    7,004 Vidal99977

    @EternalDarkness oof I already started it.

    12 days ago
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    @Vidal99977 dude, that's an airliner. It has 100 seats, as opposed to 11 that the challenge allows.

    12 days ago
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    7,004 Vidal99977

    Can I build a Lockheed L-188 Electra?

    +1 12 days ago
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    Roger, Thanks!@EternalDarkness

    13 days ago
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    @SalemASaberhagen Thanks. I've edited your comment to make it more visible.

    13 days ago
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    OAGA-87 This is my entry.

    13 days ago
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    Wait never mind I found something to do

    +1 13 days ago
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