AIAA DBF Competition

The details of the competition will be updated annually after the new rules are released from AIAA.

AIAA DBF Competition Description

Posted on Sep 01, 2014.

The rules of AIAA DBF competition:

2019 DBF competition rules are released

2019 rules-PDF File

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 race in 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 an entry. This year’s competition’s formula have used a combination of design report score, mission score determined by performance conducting 3 mission tasks at the fly-off, one ground mission and the Rated Aircraft Cost, a variable used to define the complexity of the design and the weight of the structure.

Workshop Series

We have prepared a series of fun and informative workshop for you to have a taste of the DBF team also equip with the neccessary 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 September and October.

Selection Process

Members intended to participate in the final competition must gone 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 announe the details for the fly-off team member after completing the orientations in Fall semester.

What we are looking for:

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

The fly off team will be selected after 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!

Click here to join the team