RSO Profile: Eagle Aero Sport:

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Taylor Brown, Editor In Chief 

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Eagle Aero Sport (EAS) is a student organization at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University dedicated to designing, building, and manufacturing aircraft. It’s the first student-led and operated build team at Embry-Riddle, and their projects aim to be utilized by the College of Engineering (COE).  

Currently, EAS is working on building a Vans RV-12 plane and outfitting it with original instrumentation. They are currently working on the wings of the aircraft, as well as wiring their landing lights and implementing access points into the fuselage.  

EAS Vice President Keelen Garde told Horizons: “Our team is adding our own custom-designed hardware to the aircraft that will allow us to collect performance data in-flight. We are blending classroom learning with real hands-on experience in the best way possible.” 

The club expects to finish this project soon in hopes that future Embry-Riddle students can use it as a flying laboratory.  

“The RV-12 has been our pride and joy since the conception of the club 7 years ago. With the project hopefully coming to a conclusion in the next couple years, we hope to obtain another kit”, said EAS Build Team Lead Jae McLendon.  

EAS is not exclusive to aerospace engineers. Anyone with a passion for aircraft, innovation, or building is encouraged to take part! The EAS build and business teams are composed of people from a multitude of fields, including pilots, unmanned aircraft systems students, and business majors.  

“We welcome all majors and people from all backgrounds. Our goal is to educate our members in aircraft manufacturing and design, whether they have experience or not,” said EAS President Eden Pfanner, “We teach our members everything they need to know so that anyone, even outside of engineering, can participate.” 

EAS hosts a number of outreach and fundraising events throughout the year, typically at least once a semester.  

“We have had good partnerships in the past with popular local restaurants. We like to bring the food on campus usually, so that students can enjoy a great lunch without needing to drive off campus,” Garde stated. 

Ultimately, EAS aims to experience the process of aircraft design and manufacturing while building a community on campus.  

 
“I joined EAS as a freshman, and I had very little experience in a workshop or with designing components of aircraft at the time. Everyone in the club wants to help you succeed, so it’s a very supportive community to be involved in,” Pfanner expressed.  

Specialized and unique organizations such as EAS are part of what makes Embry-Riddle unique, and the club prepares and supports its members for their post-graduation futures.  

“EAS teaches our members so much about aircraft manufacturing and design. The unique experience our members gain is priceless and cannot be found at other universities,” Pfanner stated.  

In closing, McLendon told Horizons: “We’re a club with members who at the end of the day just want to share our knowledge and expertise. Our saying is: We can teach you how to build a plane. You just have to have the attitude to want to learn how.” 

If you’re interested in joining EAS or want to know more about their work, contact Pfanner at [pfannere@my.erau.edu] or check out their page on Eagle Life! 

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