10 high school students who belong to mechanical department of Higashi Okayama Technical High School made successfully towing flight with their handmade human-powered airplane in front of presses on February 8, 2016. They flew the HPA two times on that day. The first flight was distance of 24 meters and maximum height of 20 centimeters. The second flight led to breaking their HPA. The first flight is the fourth successful flight and the longest flight for the school since 2001, when students of the school started HPA building and flight trial as graduation study.
Their HPA has aluminium tubular structure, strut and wire braced high wing monoplane, wing span of 24 meters, tractor-type 2 blades propeller of 3 meters diameter, length allover of 7 meters and empty weight of 50 kg. The HPA is the fifth machine of the school. The HPA tried towing flight and crashed 2 years ago. The HPA had been repaired and modified in the last 2 years.
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