Cancelled - AIAA Design/Build/Fly 16 April - 19 April 2020 Wichita, Kansas, USA

Due to concern for the health and safety of everyone involved in Design/Build/Fly (DBF), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has made the difficult decision to the cancel the event, which was scheduled to be held 16–19 April in Wichita, Kansas.

We are disappointed to cancel DBF because it is a valuable learning experience for students, who travel nationally and internationally to compete. However, the safety of the teams and all participants comes first.

The DBF Design Reports are still being evaluated and more information will be forthcoming as the organizing committee determines how to close out this year’s competition.

It is the responsibility of each participant to cancel his or her hotel room. Please contact your airline as soon as possible as AIAA cannot be responsible for costs associated with travel.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding and patience. If you have any questions, please contact

We encourage everyone to follow the coronavirus safety guidelines set out by the  WHO and  CDC. 

The AIAA through the Applied Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Design Engineering and Flight Test Technical Committees and the AIAA Foundation invites all university students to participate in the Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design Build Fly competition. The contest will provide a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students 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 years 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.