SAE AERO DESIGN
SAE Aero Design is a series of annual competitions that challenge teams from across the world to design, build, and fly fixed wing aircraft capable of achieving different objectives based on their class.
UMSAE Aero participates in the regular class, where the goal is to lift as much payload as possible.
There are two parts to each competition, each with their own series of events.
These parts are known as
Static and Dynamic Events.
The events award the team points towards a grand total.
The team with the greatest total wins the competition overall.
Some events, such as tech inspection, award no points but are required in order to proceed to other events for safety reasons.
SAE Aero Design Competitions Around the World
There are multiple Aero competitions which take place around the world every year. Some of which have been officially sanctioned by SAE International, others which have been put on by local organizations who are
passionate about the benefits of the Aero program and wish to offer a local venue for nearby teams.
These competitions provide multiple opportunities for teams from around the world to show off their designs and
discuss the their shared passions.
Click the button to the right to see a map of the various competitions around the world and visit their respective websites.
Teams are required to submit a design report detailing why they chose a particular design and how they arrived at that conclusion. The report should provide insight into the team's engineering methodology, calculations, and any other procedures used to establish a design for the prototype aircraft.
Any aircraft or replacement parts to be flown at competition must pass a technical inspection. Judges review the aircraft to ensure it adheres to competition regulations. No points are awarded in this event, however passing is mandatory to earn any points during flight rounds.
The presentation is an opportunity for teams to earn points by convincing the judges that their design is the best for the competition. Teams give a brief description of how they analyzed different designs to ensure their plane is optimized.
Aircraft are flown in up to 5 flight rounds where they lift as much payload as possible. The aircraft must take off, complete a circuit, and land safely in order to achieve a successful flight round. Points are awarded not only for amount of weight lifted but also how accurately the team predicted the aircraft's performance.
Based on a formula that accounts for payload lifted as well as the predicted performance of the aircraft compared to actual results.