CargoLogicAir (CLA), the only British all-cargo airline, joined forces with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to support this year’s Payload Challenge for aspiring international aviators and engineers.
Organised by the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), the competition was held at the National Flying Centre at Buckminster Lodge in Lincolnshire, UK.
Participating teams were tasked with designing, building and launching their own model aircraft in a series of three challenges based on distance, quantity and weight. Creating these categories with different requirements provided the opportunity for competitors of all ages to join in the fun, with the participants ranging from under-17 years of age to air cadets.
Attracting an international group of students, the competition was enthusiastically sponsored by CargoLogicAir because it embraced two of the airline’s core values; a passion for aviation and community involvement. Professional radio control pilots flew the aircraft for safety reasons before each team faced an evaluation by a panel of judges, which included Aleksey Matyukhin, Lead Engineer at CLA.
“Although still a relatively new airline, CargoLogicAir has a lot of experience in the cargo industry through its team of employees and strategic partnerships,” Aleksey said. “I was honoured to be part of the event and extremely impressed by the excellent solutions created by such young minds. Innovation is at the heart of CLA’s business strategy and it was clearly evident in the design of each team’s aircraft models.”
Working to bring global businesses and communities closer together with the services it provides, CLA was thrilled to see this commitment reflected in the diversity of teams participating in this year’s Payload Challenge, with two of the three winners travelling all the way from China. The other winner was from the UK.
The airline looks forward to realising the industry impact these future aviators will have and kindly thanks the BMFA and the Association’s Development Officer, Manny Williamson, for hosting an exciting event for the global competitors.