The SAE Aero Design competition is a real‐world design challenge that challenges teams to develop an aircraft from concept to execution within one year. Participants are exposed to conceptual design, hands-on manufacturing, system integration & testing, culminating in a final in-person demonstration of the team’s designed solution.

The 2023-2024 ruleset can be accessed here. Teams have till March 2024 to complete all aspects of their competition submission. The in-person competition for the 2023-2024 design cycle will be held in Van Nuys, California, USA in April 2024.

The competition is split into three classes: Regular, Advanced, and Micro. UAlberta Aero Design will be competing in the Micro Class for the 2023-2024 design cycle – on which Aero has already begun working on!


“This competition challenges students to develop a small, light-weight aircraft. In the continued spirit of wildfire management, this competition introduces large-volume fluid management concepts to aircraft design.”

– 2024 Collegiate Design Series SAE Aero Design Ruleset

The designed solution for the Micro Class requires the design, manufacturing, and testing of this aircraft.

Electric remote-controlled aircraft capable of carrying liquid payload.

Minimum Container Volume: 2L

Power limit: 450W

Shorter wingspans and takeoffs means more points!