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.
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.