AIAA Student 'Design/Build/Fly' Winners Announced

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010–2011 Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems/AIAA Foundation Student Design/Build/Fly Competition, held April 15–17, at the Tucson International Modelplex Park Association (TIMPA) Airfield, Tucson, Ariz. The competition, which encourages and recognizes excellence in aerospace engineering skills at the undergraduate and graduate levels, drew a record high 71 teams from 68 colleges and universities, representing 25 states and eight foreign countries.

The winning team, “There Will Be Buzz,” from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., received the $2,500 first place award. “The RFB,” team from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., took the $1,500 second place prize. The “Golfstream” team from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., received the $1,000 third place prize.

Sponsored by the AIAA Foundation, Cessna Aircraft, and Raytheon Missile Systems, the Design/Build/Fly Competition is now in its fifteenth year. This year’s event featured over 200 flights, with over 30 teams successfully completing all three mission profiles comprising the event. The competition also saw its first community college participant, a team from Monroe Community College, in Rochester, N.Y.

The Design/Build/Fly Competition challenges teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and fabricate a radio-controlled aircraft conforming to strict guidelines, fly it over a defined course while carrying a payload, and land it without damage. The judges also evaluate the written design report submitted by each team with its aircraft. The final score is a combination of the points awarded for an aircraft’s flights and for its design report.

AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

For more information about the AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition, visit

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