Fly-off 10th Oktober 2020

After an abrupt corona-related end of the 2020 DBF competition in March, the team decided to organize a final event to celebrate and round off this year’s project.

As soon as we were allowed to enter the FH JOANNEUM laboratory again our competition aircraft Mosquito was finished and ready to fly. The idea of the alternative fly-off was to invite European universities to Styria to prove and show off the great potential of the aircraft to each other. With this in mind, six team members of the University of Aachen made their way to Graz over the weekend of October 10, 2020.

On a beautiful autumnal Saturday, we met with Aachen‘s students at 9:00 a.m. and after a short tour of our laboratory, we made our way together to the model airfield in Weiz. Once there, we spent the first minutes and probably hours looking at and inspecting the other aircraft and its mechanisms. Shortly afterwards the missions started, and the excitement rose to maximum. Beginning with a simulation of the ground mission, up to the banner flight and the passenger & luggage loaded mission. During these hours the thought came up again how great the experience in the USA would have been and how interesting it would be to observe over 100 other aircraft designs. Nevertheless, one could see the joy on our faces under the masks after a successful day marked by pizza, beer and lots of resin. After this fly-off event we could finally find some closure with the 2020 competition and jA Aeronautics can finally open a new chapter. In this sense we, the DBF 2020 Team, wish all the best to next year’s team members.

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.

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