The Best non-American Contender

The Best non-American Contender (ex aequo with The University of Alabama and Khalifa University)

We are very proud to announce that we reached the 8th place which makes us to the best not in America located university.

The COVID-19 crisis also struck the AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition quite hard. Due to the emerging virus the DBF Organizing Committee along with AIAA decided early to cancel the fly-off and agreed to score the competition based solely on the final report scores.

Despite this precipitation our mood got brightened up last night. Out of 143 proposals for the competition, 113 teams were chosen of which 101 formal reports were considered. The teams are distributed all over the world and we, the FH JOANNEUM Graz achieved a phenomenal 8th place ex aequo with The University of Alabama and Khalifa University. That means that we left teams like University of Oklahoma (all times best), University of Ljubljana (last year’s winner), Clarkson University (winner of 2018), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stanford University, RWTH Aachen University and many more, behind!

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

With this in mind, we are also happy to announce that we are working hard to attain a fly-off ourselves. It will be located in Austria and other universities will be invited as well. Unfortunately, it is too early for more information, but we will keep you updated.

Do you wanna know more about the 2019-20 AIAA/Textron Aviation/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly Competition?
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The journey of DBF19 ends, but not without causing further sensation

It started in Graz in autumn 2018. We, 29 aviation students of the FH JOANNEUM, took previous students as a role model and prepared us for the participation in the DESIGN-BUILD-FLY contest in Tucson, Arizona. The time in the US was very successful: We achieved the 3rd place, which means we have reached the best result ever for our university. But that hasn’t been the end of the story, the success continued with the pma junior Award.

The pma junior Award is a prize for “Excellent Projekts” assigned by Project Management Austria (pma). The whole project has been evaluated in the categories target-orientation, leadership, team-members, resources and procedures as well as the result of the overall project was part of the rating.

The assessment was split over five months. An outline with the key points of the project content and the applied project management was the first step. A couple of assessors evaluated those and invited a few teams to an assessment interview. We have been one of these teams and defended our work during this interview which took place in the head quarter of pma. At the beginning of October we received the gratifying message that we are part of the finals. In course of a gala dinner, projects have been awarded in multiple categories and also ours in the field of “junior Award”. Our team achieved the title “award winner”.

After a bit more than one year, DBF19 is now history. We were able to participate and convince in two completely different competitions. The contests have been challenging but they raised us and connected us even closer. An experience we don’t want to miss in a manner.

A small hint: DBF20 is already within the preparation for the next year’s competition.
Have a look on instagram @ja_dbf to see the latest news.

DBF-2020 Team is ready for take-off!

Wichita, we are on the way!

Like our predecessors, we had to wait until this particular day to get the official acceptance for this year’s DBF-competition. But what is it all about?

We are especially proud to be able to announce that we are one of 113 teams which got the approval for the AIAA Design-Build-Fly Competition in Wichita, Kansas. But our journey already started with building the team in the mid of July 2019. Once the rules were published in September, we were able to divide the team into subteams to achieve the best distribution of specialists. This season the task is to design a “Banner Towing Bush Plane” which has never been demanded before and challenges us in a new way.

The competition consists of the following 4 Missions:

Mission 1: Test Flight

The aircraft must take-off , complete 3 laps in 5 minutes and successfully land.

One Point for achievement will be attributed.

Mission 2: Charter Flight

One or more passengers with additional luggage each (total weight per person and luggage 5 ounces / 141,7 grams) must be flown around the course with a minimum of 3 laps in a time span of 5 minutes.

The best ratio of passengers to flight time compared to all other teams will achieve the highest score ranging from 1 to 2 points.

Mission 3: Deployable Banner

A Banner must be mounted on the airplane and deployed during flight. The banner must have an aspect ratio of 5 to 1. Additionally, the takeoff length is limited to 20 feet (6,1 Meter) and the flight time to 10 minutes.

For scoring the banner length will be multiplied by the number of laps and divided by the best team’s ratio of length to laps. Achievable points are ranging from 2 to 3.

Ground Mission

The aircraft is positioned in a 10- by 10-foot box (3,05 x 3,05 meter) and must be loaded and unloaded with the maximum submitted passengers plus luggage. Only one person is allowed to touch the aircraft.

The fastest time is divided by the respective time.


The overall score will be multiplied with the points achieved in the proposal which is set up to 100 points.


The light is green, the team is ready and we are totally looking forward to competing against students around the world!

Summer Spritzerstandl 2017

A great Spritzerstandl in the middle of a really choppy weather.

Our first Spritzerstandl took place at the FH court in Graz on 31st of May.
It was a great success and we really want to thank everybody for joining us though it was temporarely rainy! After the short rain, thankfully the sun came out again and it was a real pleasure to enjoy the evening with all of you. We had to close our Spritzerstandl at 10 p.m. and we especially want to thank the 52 (!) people which were there at that moment!
Find attached a view pictures of the moment just when the sun came out again.

Thanks a lot for coming and supporting us and we hope to see you again at our next event, which is the “evening talk” of our DBF Team on the 13th of June at the FH JOANNEUM –> FURTHER INFORMATION.

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Generalversammlung 2017

Am 29.03.2017 ging an der FH JOANNEUM die 3. Generalversammlung der joanneum Aeronautics über die Bühne.

Begonnen wurde mit einem Rückblick ins vergangene Vereinsjahr und den Abschlussberichten von Kassier und den Teams.
Auch eine Neuwahl stand am Programm, wobei es hierbei von sehr motivierten jungen Mitgliedern Nominierungen gab.

Zum neuen Vorstand (siehe Bild links) wurden gewählt:

OBMANN                — Konstantin Welzk
OBMANN STV        — Patrick Graupp
KASSIER                — Sebastian Schneider
SCHRIFTFÜHRER — Markus Meister

Wir bedanken uns an dieser Stelle bei allen Mitgliedern, Förderern und Freunden, die uns im letzten Jahr unterstützt haben.
Ein ganz besonderes Danke gilt an unseren ehemaligen Kassier Lukas Andracher und den vorherigen Obmann Stv. Andreas Rapf. Vielen Dank für euren ehrenamtlichen Einsatz in unserem Verein.

Im Anschluss an die GV gab es noch ein kleines Buffett, bei dem die Kameradschaftspflege im Vordergrund stand.

Wir wünschen dem neuen Vorstand alles Gute und viel Erfolg fürs kommende Jahr
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