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AIAA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Design, Build, Fly | Virtual Event

 Congratulations to the 2021 Design/Build/Fly Winners!

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University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
*Sponsored by the Engine Design Technical Committee

See a full list of  Team Ranks

Watch all of the 2021 videos on AIAA's YouTube channel.

 Watch the 2021 Design/Build/Fly Awards Ceremony

Josh DobbsFeaturing Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback and Design/Build/Fly Alum, Joshua Dobbs.

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About Design/Build/Fly

The 2020/2021 AIAA Design, Build, Fly competition will celebrate its 25th 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.



Textron Aviation
Raytheon Missiles and Defense
AIAA Foundation