2016/17 Contest Year
20 – 23 APRIL 2017

All Teams

AIAA DBF Conference Paper

Conference Paper

Writing the Rules: An inside Look at the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly Competition

C. Bovais, Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC; D. Levy, Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS; G. Page, ITT Advanced Engineering Sciences, Alexandria, VA; S. Powell, , Manchester, TN; M. Selig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; and T. Zickuhr, Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS. Presented at then 6th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference (ATIO), AIAA-2006-7832, Sept 2006.

This paper distributed with permission of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. (9/28/07)

International Team Resources

Specific information and resources for International Teams are available in Resources - International Teams.


Contest Forms:

Contest Information:


  • ESTECO_LOGO_grey_1   ESTECO will provide AIAA DBF teams with a free ESTECO Academy membership. The program includes the use of modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary optimization platform and access to online training materials. (12/14/16)
  • Blue Craft MachUp is airframe design, analysis, and optimization software just released this year. It offers a user-friendly web-based GUI for initial design, and a downloadable "Pro" version that links to Matlab and/or Python for detailed design, optimization, or parameter sweeps. Blucraft offers full MachUp licensing to DBF teams for free. Visit www.blucraft.com or email to learn more (08/17/15)
  • CD Adapco CD-adapco will sponsor your team by offering access to STAR-CCM+, including free training. For more information, send email (10/14/12)
  • MSC MSC software is providing a special offer to AIAA DBF teams for their engineering simulation software. Visit their Academic website to obtain additional information (12/19/08)
  • Solid Works SolidWorks will sponsor your team by offering SolidWorks for use with the AIAA DBF contest. Type in "AIAA DBF" when filling out the online form (11/10/06)

 Pictures: Unofficial DBF Web Pages (General and Teams)

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