COMMISSIONER JOINS CONTEST-WINNING GADSDEN TEENS FOR GLIDER FLIGHT

COMMISSIONER JOINS CONTEST-WINNING GADSDEN TEENS FOR GLIDER FLIGHT

Doña Ana County Commissioner Arturo C. Terrazas will join a group of Gadsden High School students at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at the Santa Teresa Airport Industrial Park for the official measured flight of a contest-winning balsa glider made by the students.
The Gadsden High School Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Team flew the glider in a national competition June 23 in Tucson, Ariz., where they easily won the competition. Problem was: Their glider smacked into the back wall of the gymnasium where the event was being held, thereby preventing the team from getting an accurate measurement of its actual flight length.
Commissioner Terrazas, with cooperation from the Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Corporation, was able to secure a significantly larger indoor space for a new flight. The airplane will fly Tuesday inside a 300,000 square-foot building at 2800 Airport Road.
“These students have done something remarkable,” Terrazas said, “and the use of this facility will allow them to see how far the glider can actually fly. When the Gadsden team won the competition in Tucson, their glider flew 215 feet and then hit the back wall of the gymnasium 20 feet off the ground. It had a lot of flight left in it, even though it had already creamed the competition.”
In addition to coach Larry Mills and MESA advisor Jennifer Tomlinson, team members Carl Griffith, James Hernandez and Zachary Mills are scheduled to attend Tuesday’s flight.
The glider, which the students designed and built, is 18 inches long and 18 inches wide. It utilizes a Canard-wing design with winglets and a vertical stabilizer.
For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.