The AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) DBF (Design Build Fly) challenge is an engineering competition. This international event requires students to design an unmanned aircraft that accomplishes missions that change every year.
The AIAA DBF Club is a team of aspiring engineers who come together every year to compete in the challenge. Each Fall, AIAA issues a Design/Build/Fly competition in which we.... well.... design, build, and fly something we built from the ground up to answer the challenge. From the "womb to tomb" of each competition, we do everything from preliminary design to CAD creation to prototyping to flight testing in a time span of about 7 months. And, if all goes well, we will compete at the International Competition in Wichita, KS.
Each year, 300+ teams worldwide submit their design reports- about a third of them are invited to compete and even fewer successfully complete all three missions. In 2021, ERAU Prescott placed 8th in the Competition!