DBF 2011-2012

The UIC team placed 8th out of 68 national and international teams in the 2011-12 Design-Build-Fly competition.  The competition team, after successfully completing Mission #2 in 20+ mph winds:
From left to right: Bryan Whittington (project manager), Ivan Cankov (pilot), Orion Wingfield and Cristine Wiesner.
Official Results:
DBF is an annual competition consisting of university students to design, build, and fly their UAV’s competitively, with certain performance criteria to meet.
•The contest will provide a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies.
•Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.
•Rules change year to year.  This years rules have been published, and are tentative  until October 31st.
•AIAA DBF Website: http://www.aiaadbf.org/
2011 – 2012 DBF Competition Specifics:
•Competition scoring is based on two factors, aircraft performance during competition and a structured design report.
•Design report criteria is as follows: Executive Summary, Management Summary, Conceptual Design, Preliminary Design, Detail Design, Manufacturing Plan and processes, Testing Plan, and Performance Results.  Each section has specific details listed on AIAA DBF website.
•There are 3 missions for this years competition:
Mission 1 – Ferry Flight Maximum number of complete laps within a 4 minute flight time
Mission 2 – Passenger Flight 3 Lap payload flight. Payload will be 8 simulated passengers Simulated passengers are 1″ x 1″ x 5″ aluminum blocks
Mission 3 – Time to Climb Single take-off and climb to 100 m altitude. Payload will be the team supplied “Time End Indicating System” as simulated cargo.  Cargo is 2L of water. The “Time End Indicating System” will actuate the water release using a CAM- f3q (aero tow model) altimeter circuit.