Design Build Fly

A project by: UMBC AIAA

pledged of $4,000 target

This project did not reach its target.

Help send our team to Kansas!

Send UMBC's Design Build Fly team to Wichita, Kansas

We are building a plane to compete in AIAA's annual Design Build Fly competition, hosted in Wichita, Kansas. Help our student team get there!

About Us

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. Every year, AIAA hosts Design Build Fly (DBF) , a collegiate competition where teams create and fly remote-controlled aircraft.

In this year's competition, teams must create a plane that can hold both passengers (rubber balls) and a payload (blocks). This is our chapter's second year on campus and our second year competing in the DBF competition.

UMBC's DBF proposal placed 78th out of 138 entries this year, outranking schools such as Georgia Tech and Cornell. This is UMBC's first time competing in the DBF fly-off, but to get there, we need help paying for our team's travel and lodging . UMBC's AIAA chapter aims to increase opportunities for students interested in the field of aerospace engineering.

By donating to our team, you are helping students develop their skills as real-world engineers and giving UMBC the chance to compete in a nationally-recognized engineering design competition.

Our plane:

Motor test rig:

Funds will be distributed as follows:

  • Airfare and lodging for 10 students: $400 each
  • Any additional funds raised above the $4,000 goal will go towards next year's AIAA student projects

Any donation towards our campaign is greatly appreciated! Even if you aren't able to donate, please help by forwarding our campaign page to anyone who might be willing to support our team. Sharing our page on Facebook, Twitter, over email, etc. will help us achieve our goal.

Learn more about the competition here , or check out our team's Facebook and myUMBC pages.

Thank you for your support.

All contributions raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.