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SAE Aero Design

Series of competitive aeronautical engineering events.

Competition challenges students to design, build, and fly a radio controlled airplane capable of lifting an internally stored payload.




    About SAE Aero Design Series

    The SAE Aero Design competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in their real-life work environment. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.

    The importance of interpersonal communication skills is sometimes overlooked, yet both written and oral communication skills are vital in the engineering workplace. To help teams develop these skills, a high percentage of a team’s score is devoted to the design report and the oral presentation required in the competition.

    SAE Aero Design features three classes of competition-Regular, Advanced, and Micro. Regular Class continues to be the class with the purpose to develop the fundamental understanding of flight. We recommended Regular Class for first year teams interested in competing. Advanced Class requires teams to have a systems approach to the design while integrating several engineering disciplines: aeronautical, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers. The ultimate end goal for this class is autonomous flight with a “purpose” decided every year by rules committee members. Micro Class teams are required to make trades between two potentially conflicting requirements, carrying the highest payload fraction possible, while simultaneously pursuing the lowest empty weight possible.

    SAE Aero Design Rules & Important Documents

    Please submit all technical questions via

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    SAE Aero Design Resources

    FAQ Guides

    The FAQ guides have been created for use by all US-based SAE Aero Design competitions.  If you have reviewed the FAQ guide and still have questions regarding a process, email [email protected] for more direction.

    FAQ Guides

    Power Limiter Information

    All Regular Class aircraft must use a 1000 watt power limiter from our supplier, This supplier has agreed to ship worldwide to any team.To purchase a SAE limiter please visit

    Rules Questions

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    When using the SAE International Logo and the Collegiate Design Series Word Mark’s (i.e.: Formula SAE) please adhere to the Guidelines that are in each folder. If your team has any questions please contact [email protected]. Thank you.

    Any questions please email [email protected]

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