Background of Design/Build/Fly Competition

Design/Build/Fly Competition (DBF) is an international aircraft model design competition for university students sponsored by the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems. The participants are required to design, build their aircrafts and join the competition in the US. There are many famous universities completing in this world-class competition, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Southern California.


The competition is intended to challenge the student team of each university to design, build and fly a remote-controlled airplane that can complete specific ground and flight missions. The rules define a mathematical formula used to determine the score for entry. This year’s competition’s formula have used a combination of design report score, mission score determined by performance conducting 3 flight and 1 ground mission tasks at the fly-off.
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Workshop Series

Model planes were built by students and gave the first experience of the building process to everyone interested in RC plane manufacture!

We have prepared a series of fun and informative workshop for you to have a taste of the DBF team also equip with the necessary skills to contribute to the team. While the workshop is open to all HKUST AeroTeam members, all students who want to join AeroTeam are required to participate at most of the workshops organized in Fall semester.

Selection Process to Fly-off Team

Members intended to participate in the final competition must go through a rigorous selection process as shown. All final team members are required to dedicate the whole winter and at least 16 hours per week at the spring (Equivalent to a 4 credit course). We will announce the details for the fly-off team member after completing the orientations in the Fall semester.
What we are looking for:

  • Willing to spend your time with us to learn and enjoy
  • Passion and commitment
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Willing to get your hands dirty
  • PR skills
  • A Unique Experience to the US

The fly off team will be selected after the Fall semester and the final competition will be held in Tucson, Arizona in April 2019. You will meet teams from all over the world. There will be all kinds of social events after the competition so that you can learn from each other and make friends!