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The entry period OPENS 15 October at 8AM (0800) US Eastern Time. No entries will be accepted before that time. A completed entry must be RECEIVED by 5 PM (1700) US Eastern Time on 31 October. Entries will be collected through the online
The DBF entry form is different from the ones used for other AIAA student competitions. The DBF entry can be found in
Be sure to include ALL information requested in the form. We will use the first (valid) entry received so be sure all supplied information is correct the first time.
If AIAA membership has been applied for, but a member number has not been issued, use "pending" for the member number in the entry form. The data must then be updated and resubmitted. Team rosters may be resubmitted during the Proposal and Design Report phases of the competition.
Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.
It is the team's responsibility to make sure the e-mail contact addresses they supply remain active during the entire period from entry to the close of the competition as e-mail will be the primary means to provide information and updates. Do not use an internal team correspondence e-mail list server as your point of contact e-mail address.
Note: The AIAA mail servers will not send e-mail to @hotmail.com addresses. Do NOT use a hotmail address for any of your team contacts or e-mail.
Teams are required to submit the proposal with the entry form via the online submission system. Entry forms and proposals are due by 5 pm (1700) US Eastern Time on 31 October.
The proposals will be scored as defined in the proposal requirements section. The top 100 proposals plus ties will be invited to submit design reports and potentially become eligible for the fly-off. Teams will be notified no later than 17 November if their proposal has been accepted or not.
Proposals submitted by email will not be accepted.
Proposals will be judged “as received”. No corrections/additions/changes will be allowed by the organizers so check your reports carefully before submitting them. Once a Report is submitted, no changes are allowed.
Submission of Proposals is electronic only (no hard copy required). The details for the electronic format and submission are at the end of the report section in this rules document.
Design Reports will be
submitted using the online system.
The design report submission period OPENS 1 February at 8AM (0800) US Eastern Time. The design report must be submitted by 5 pm (1700) US Eastern Time on 22 February.
The reports will be scored as defined in the design report requirements section. Reports submitted by email will not be accepted.
Reports will be judged “as received”. No corrections/additions/changes will be allowed by the organizers so check your reports carefully before submitting them. Once a Report is submitted, no changes are allowed.
Submission of Reports is electronic only (no hard copy required). The details for the electronic format and submission, including a requirement for a separate 3-view, are at the end of the report section in this rules document.
The contest fly-off is scheduled for 19-22 April 2018 and is anticipated to run from 12PM (1200) to 6PM (1800) on Thursday, 8AM (0800) to 6PM (1800) on Friday, 7AM (0700) to 6PM (1800) on Saturday and 7AM (0700) to 5PM (1700) on Sunday. Awards will be presented at 5:30PM (1730) on Sunday. All teams should plan their travel so that they may stay for the awards presentations on Sunday. A final contest schedule will be e-mailed to the teams prior to the contest date.
Tech inspections will begin on Thursday and will continue as required on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To help streamline the contest flow and maximize opportunities for each team to get their flights in, the Tech inspections will be conducted in the same order as the flight rotation (which is based on report scores) so that the first teams inspected will be the first teams in the flight queue. Teams may use the sequence to help estimate when they need to arrive at the contest site to make sure they do not miss their slot in the first tech inspection rotation.
PLEASE NOTE: All schedule deadlines are strictly enforced
All deadlines are based on when an entry or submission is Received (Save and Finalize) by Contest officials via the online submission system.
Late entries and proposals will NOT be accepted.
Late report submissions will be disqualified.
There is no allowance for computer, internet, or power outages by the submitter, or any other type of error beyond the control of the DBF Organizing Committee.
Teams which do not submit the required electronic report and 3-view will NOT be allowed to fly.
It is the team’s responsibility to assure that all deadlines are known, understood and met.
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