Nov. 26, 2017, 3:17 p.m. PST
I had a quick look at the closest aircraft (fixed wing) that comes close to the requirements for this competition. The Bumblebee, 6 foot wingspan - you can just see that it would be ridiculously unstable in roll, and possible overall. and in fact, then i saw it crashed on its first flight. I would suffer from the problem that although I have wings - my glide speed would need to be just about be the same as power on cruise speed - maybe even higher, or put another way - my glide speed is almost unobtainable to me except in freefall. Not to mention an awful aerodynamic instability in glide configuration - which means I would tumble, and hence back to the ballistic chute. And these craft will not stall gently - with the high wing loading and unconventional planforms, not to mention the weight and drag distribution, they will snap stall and tumble. coming from hover mode, through slow transition into faster transition as the wings grapple to get some hold on the airflow - the likelihood of loosing that foothold by decreasing wing angle, sinking and therefore increasing wing angle and instantly stalling is extremely great. Now you have a craft with the thrust set at say 45 degrees tilt, and loss of lift, unless have instant autocorrect and adjust on thrust - you tumble.