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fly off handle

Design/Build/Fly

Design/Build/Fly is a radio-controlled aircraft competition sponsored by the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems. The Office of Naval Research was also a sponsor until 2006. The competition is intended to challenge the AIAA student branches of each university to design, build, and fly a remote controlled airplane that can complete specific ground and flight missions. Additionally, the teams are required to submit a comprehensive design report detailing the most important aspects of their designs.

The competition rules and missions change every year. Usually, the teams must be and design to fly two missions in the competition fly-off, which is held towards the end of April, and also maintain a low Rated Aircraft Cost, a variable used to define the complexity of the design.

Different universities take different approaches at the competition. in most cases, the teams are composed of a mix of seniors and underclassmen doing DBF as an extracurricular activity. However, some universities use DBF for senior design projects and have teams of 15-25 people entirely made out of seniors. In general, historical results show that having more seniors in a team leads to a better final position at the competition.

Year Location 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place
1997 Ragged Island, MD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Virginia Tech Texas A&M University Utah State University West Virginia University
1998 Wichita, KS University of Southern California Texas A&M University Syracuse University University of Texas, Austin Utah State University
1999 Pax River, MD Utah State University Oklahoma State University University of Southern California Georgia Tech Texas A&M University
2000 Wichita, KS Utah State University Oklahoma State University 1 Illinois Institute of Technology Georgia Tech Oklahoma State University 2
2001 Pax River, MD Oklahoma State University (Orange) CalPoly - San Luis Obispo Oklahoma State University (Black) University of Southern California Utah State University
2002 Wichita, KS University of California, San Diego University of Southern California West Virginia University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Universita degli Studi di Roma
2003 Ridgely Airpark, MD San Diego State University CalPoly - San Luis Obispo Universita degli Studi di Roma University of Southern California Oklahoma State University (Black)
2004 Wichita, KS Oklahoma State University (Black) Oklahoma State University (Orange) University of Southern California University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign CalPoly - San Luis Obispo
2005 Pax River, MD Oklahoma State University (Black) Oklahoma State University (Orange) Washington State University Virginia Tech University of California, San Diego
2006 Wichita, KS Oklahoma State University (Black) Oklahoma State University (Orange) CalPoly - San Luis Obispo University of Southern California Istambul institute of Technology
2007 Tucson, AZ Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oklahoma State University (Orange) Purdue University Oklahoma State University (Black) Wichita State University
2008 Wichita, KS Oklahoma State University (Black) University of Texas, Austin (The Hornworks) Oklahoma State University (Orange) University of Texas, Austin (Orange Bullet) University of Colorado - Boulder

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