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AIAA Celebrates the 26th Annual Design, Build, Fly Competition | 21–24 April 2022 | Wichita, KS (USA)

AIAA Announces 2022 Design, Build, Fly Competition Rules

Teams are invited to participate in the 26th Design, Build. Fly competition. The mission for this year is to design, build and test an aircraft to deliver vaccination components. Missions will include deployment of the aircraft, staging of vaccination syringes, and delivery of environmentally sensitive vaccine vial packages. The objective is to design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft that can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance. To access the rules document, please visit the  Rules/Resources page.

DBF Timeline of Milestone Dates
  • 2 September 2021: DBF Draft Rules posted
  • 15–31 October 2021: DBF Proposal Submission window
  • 2 November 2021: DBF Rules finalized and posted
  • 22 November 2021 – Round 1 Proposal Results posted to the Rules/Resources page and decisions sent to teams
  • 1–25 February 2022: Design Report Submission window on www.aiaa-awards.org*
    *Opens at 0800hrs ET on 1 February and closes at 1700hrs ET on 25 February
  • 21–24 April 2022: DBF Flyoff in Wichita, KS
DBF 2019 Winners Group
DBF 2018 participants prepare their aircraft

About Design/Build/Fly

The 2021-2022 Design, Build, Fly Competition will celebrate its 26th year. Started in 1996 by the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design and Flight Test Technical Committees as an opportunity for university students to apply real-world aircraft design experience by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies.

Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio-controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.

To encourage innovation and maintain a fresh design challenge for each new year’s participants, the design requirements and performance objective will be updated for each new contest year. The changes will provide new design requirements and opportunities, while allowing for application of technology developed by the teams from prior years.