Metro/File Photo Edmonton RCAC 12 Squadron Warrant Officer Second Class Richard Oxlade will be team lead for the first Canadian team to take part in the Schools Aerospace Challenge in June at Cranfield University in London, if the group gets enough donations for the trip.

The first Canadian team invited to take part in the Schools Aerospace Challenge may not make it if fundraising efforts don’t improve.

The Alberta Aviation Museum was invited by Cranfield University in London, to take part in their Schools Aerospace Challenge, opened up to Canadians for the first time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The museum picked four RCAC members from 12 Squadron in Edmonton to go to Cranfield July 22 to 29.

But the trip comes with a $45,000 price tag to send three cadets and two adult chaperones; the Alberta Aviation museum has only been able to raise one-third of the cost.

Museum executive director Tom Hinderks is disappointed that the opportunity has generated little interest from Canada’s aerospace companies.

“We have approached 20 different aerospace companies in Canada and have had no response to date,” he said.

“Surprisingly the only aerospace company to come on board so far is CAE out of the United Kingdom.”

The challenge is designed for 16 to 18 year olds to study real solutions for the air force. This year’s team will be looking at building, developing and flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which are the cutting edge of aerospace technology.

The team will be challenged to build a vehicle that can fly with only a camera for its pilot and learn to adapt with the challenges of flying with only a camera lens as your eyes.

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