04/23/2000 - Lots of progress
since the last update! We never got insurance so we had
to scrap our plans for March Air force Base. However, we
are attempting to fly the plane over our spring break (which
began today) anyway. We started assembling the plane in
the gym again today so that we can see how long it takes
to put it together and take it apart. Our plans are to camp
out at school one night over break and wake up before dawn,
assemble the plane, and go for broke and try to fly the
plane! Stay tuned!
02/25/2000 - We may have found someone to insure the plane!
We received a phone call from someone who may have the right
connections to get us the insurance we need to fly the plane.
02/16/2000 - We finally decided to redesign the HPA website,
as it has been stagnant for the past year. Hopefully, all
the enthusiasm brought about by our recent advances in the
project will keep the updates coming. Check back often to
chart our progress!
02/12/2000 - This weekend, HPA took the components of the
plane to our school's gym and assembled nearly the entire
thing. We had the entire airframe, the drive system, all
six wing sections (without Mylar), the gravity cables, and
the stabilizers assembled. Amazingly, the night before it
was assembled, we had barely started making the stabilizers,
yet they were nearly complete by the time we put it up.
This accomplishment has brought new life and renewed enthusiasm
in the HPA project, and hopefully the momentum will continue
until we fly the plane over spring break.