The Competition

The AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition challenges teams to create a high performing aircraft within a specified mission profile. Held in Wichita, Kansas or Tuscon, Arizona, the competition is comprised of both a technical report and a flight performance evaluation. The written component is determined by evaluating the team's engineering process for thoroughness, justification and presentation. Check out the 2017 Competition Report below.

The Process

Working in cross-functional subteams, members apply design skills learned in the classroom to produce a remote-controlled aircraft. Practicing iterative design techniques, members work in specialized sub-teams to build and test planes in preparation for competition.