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Backed by industry and academia, the mission of SAE Aero Design is to provide students with real-world engineering experience through aircraft design challenges. Competition rules were designed to compress a typical aircraft development program into one calendar year, following the early development phase of system engineering and requirements derivation. The Aero Design competition will expose participants to the nuances of conceptual design, manufacturing, system integration/testing, and verification through demonstration.
SAE Aero Design features three classes of competition - Regular, Advanced and Micro.

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Where to Volunteer?

The 2022 competition season will host two in-person competitions; each with its own virtual technical presentation event.
All scored presentation events will be hosted virtually and within two weeks of the in-person competition.
All scored flight rounds will be hosted in-person at promoted competition locations.
All Volunteer Opportunities will be captured online in our Volunteer Sign-Up Portals.


Written Report Judging

Review and evaluate written reports submitted by teams between March 5 - May 13, 2022.
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Aero Design West

Virtual Design Presentations - March 29, 2022 and April 1, 2022
In-person Competition Location: April 8 - 10, 2022
Apollo XI RC Flying Field
6201 Woodley Ave
Encino, CA
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Aero Design East

Virtual Design Presentations - April 22, 2022 and April 29, 2022.
In-person Competition Location: May 20 - 22, 2022
Fort Worth Thunderbird Flying Field
4300 Winscott Plover Road
Fort Worth, TX
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