UW: Design, Build, Fly 2016
Help UW DBF reach new heights!
Design, Build, Fly at the University of Washington (DBF) is an organization where students of all majors and academic levels work together to design, build, and test an electric-powered, radio-controlled airplane to compete in the 20th annual American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics Foundation intercollegiate competition, Design, Build, Fly. This year, we will be traveling to Wichita, Kansas to compete with our aircraft.
While designing and building, we apply the theories we have learned in class in a hands-on environment to develop our aircraft according to the specific mission requirements.To keep things interesting, the mission requirements change from year to year. At this year’s competition requires the flight of two separate aircrafts, one of which (the Production Aircraft) can be stored inside the other (the Manufacturing Support Aircraft) and assembled with minimal separate pieces, and that must be able to carry the internal payload of a 32-oz gatorade bottle.
The club has competed in this competition for the past 7 years, and every year we have risen in our rankings among the competing colleges. Last year, we were ranked 22nd out of 100 competitors and we hope to surpass that ranking this year.
How will your support help UW DBF?
We are raising $6,000 in order to acquire the necessary testing systems, tools, and machinery that will help us build more advanced airplanes, take our team to new heights, and allow us to practice real world engineering.
Prior to the construction of a competition airplane, prototypes are built and flown in order to observe how individual features, such as the airfoil, empennage design, motor arrangement, etc., affect the airplane’s overall performance. The data from these test flights is then analyzed so that it can be applied to the next prototype.
With more accurate data, a winning competition airplane can be built. However, such data requires (a) comprehensive systems with multiple sensors which collect the data, and (b) multiple prototypes which, with current construction techniques, take a great deal of time to build.
With new machinery, such as a computer-controlled wire cutter, our team will be able to fabricate aircraft parts more accurately and duplicate them more precisely. Such machinery allows us to manufacture more prototypes.
With your support, our team will be able to acquire the necessary testing systems, tools, and machinery that will allow us to practice real world engineering and see our creations take flight.
What makes us so unique?
Our group is neither a prerequisite to get into a major nor a requirement to graduate; it is neither an official class nor a senior capstone project, and doesn’t have dedicated funding. We are a student-run club composed of students from all backgrounds and majors who simply share a passion for the skies. We volunteer our time and energy to do this because it is what we love to do.
We are very young group of students this year, consisting of only freshmen, sophomores, and juniors competing against older students across the nation. We seek to create an environment in which students can practice real world engineering using the theories and ideas they have learned in classes in preparation for the future.
That being said, we are more than just nerds who love math, science, and engineering. We are the under-Dawgs and are proud to represent the University of Washington and Seattle at the Design/Build/Fly Competition!
Come on board!
This is a great opportunity for students to put their engineering skills to the test and practice aircraft development, and we would like you to be a part of it! Everybody is invited to follow our current progress on our Facebook page, where we will be sharing what we’re up to prior to, during, and after the competition. We will proudly recognize donors through our donors list, on social media, and on the competition airplane itself.
Thank you for taking time to take a look at our initiative, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the next generation of aeronautical engineers!
Last Tuesday, the DBF team had its first industry and alumni night. Past sponsors such as Honeywell and Raisbeck Engineering were there as they were all treated to a great show. The team showcased its current progress and the milestones we are trying to reach.
The team showed that it means business concerning the upcoming AIAA competition. We plan to do better this year than last year and improve on last year's design.
Please help spread the word of our USEED Campaign to reach our goal! We can't do it without your support!
Jordan and Daniel Navarro
Sherri and Tom Ott
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Make an Impact
Hit the drawing board!
Purchases a servo, allowing us to control our aircraft’s pitch, roll, or yaw. You receive a personal thanks from the DBF team!
Allows us to connect the circuitry for our aircraft’s controls, battery, and motor(s) together with a soldering iron. You receive a personal thanks from the DBF team!
Gives us the ability to find the optimal propeller/motor combination with the acquisition of a thrust stand. We recognize your support with a personalized shoutout on Facebook!
Purchases a motor, providing our aircraft with the thrust it needs to take to the skies. We recognize your support with a personalized shoutout on Facebook!
Taxi and Hold
Allows us to perform more test flights with a modern battery charger that charges, balances, discharges, and cycles our batteries. We recognize your support with a personalized shoutout on Facebook and name you as one of DBF’s bronze sponsors!
Cleared for Takeoff
Purchases a telemetry system which gives us comprehensive inflight data such as airspeed, altitude, and motor RPM. We recognize your support with a personalized shoutout on Facebook, name you as one of DBF’s gold sponsors, and display your name or company logo on the competition aircraft and our team t-shirts!
Allows us to acquire an automated hot wire cutter which will cut perfect wings, horizontal stabilizers, and vertical stabilizers out of foam for our aircraft. We recognize your support with a personalized shoutout on Facebook, name you as one of DBF’s platinum sponsors, and display both your name and company logo on the competition aircraft and our team t-shirts!