The design of a human powered aircraft at VT
Thank you for visiting the Human Powered Aircraft Group (HPAG) at Virginia Tech website! We are a group of Virginia Tech engineering students working to design and build a human powered airplane for entry in the Kremer Sport Prize Competition. The HPAG at VT, a university-recognized student organization, has as its founding goal the development of a human powered airplane through real-world engineering design and analysis.

In the fall of 2005, a group of six Virginia Tech aerospace engineering seniors led by Chris Emory conceived of a human-powered aircraft design project that would span three years and, thus three consecutive, separate groups of students. As part of the requisite senior design course, each consecutive year would build upon the accomplishments made during the previous year. During the initial year, which spanned from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2006, the HPAG at Virginia Tech completed most of the preliminary design of the aircraft and built a quarter-scaled, R/C model.

The current team has now begun the 2006/2007 academic year with plans to perfect the quarter-scale model's flight performance well before the end of the fall semester in December, complete the detail design phase for the entire aircraft, and construct and test a full-scale, operational prototype before graduation in May.