Design, Build, Fly

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The Design, Build, Fly (DBF) club competes annually in an international competition held by AIAA. Each year AIAA publishes a set of rules which generally include three separate missions in which  a remote controlled aircraft should be able to complete. The first mission is a speed mission, the second mission involves choosing an amount of cargo to carry, and the third mission involves carrying specified cargo as fast as you can. The team receives a score for each mission based on the scoring equations in the rules. The goal of DBF is to compete and place well in this annual competition. DBF is a great club to join as it allows members to complete a full design cycle of an airplane including manufacturing and flying which is something most students do not normally get to do. Students of all experience levels are welcome.

Advisor: Dr. Aaron Drake and Dr. Paulo Iscold

President: Spencer Hann

Vice President: Ben Kentworthy

Aerodynamics Lead: Josh Buckhalter

Testing Lead: Kendrick Dlima

Performance Lead: Noah Bachir

Structures Lead: Daniel Coleman

Manufacturing Lead: Austin Berg

Supply Chain Lead: Cyrus Dastur

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Design Build Fly in Wichita, Kansas at the 2014 DBF competition.


DBF team members completing a pre-flight check before a flight test at the Educational Flight Range. 


Two DBF club members building a wing out of balsa wood with a rib and spar structure. 

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