The Competition

Miner Aviation competes in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly Competition (DBF). The Executive Board made the decision in 2018 to switch from the SAE Aerospace Competition to AIAA DBF as the old competition was becoming repetitive and nuanced. Now, Miner Aviation is able to try newer and bolder designs like never before. This competition brings different challenges and design aspects every year, testing our team's ability to create original designs and develop our problem solving skills.

The contest fly-off is tentatively scheduled for 18-21 April 2024, for more information on the details of this year's competition, please visit the AIAA 2024 schedule and the 2023-24 Design, Build, Fly Rules.

Overall Mission: Urban Air Mobility

The objective for this year is to design, build and test an aircraft to demonstrate Urban Air Mobility (UAM) missions. Flight missions will include delivery of the airplane, medical transport, and urban taxi.

The Competition: General Rules

• The airplane wingspan cannot exceed 5 feet.

• The airplane in the parking configuration, while on its landing gear in the upright orientation, must fit inside a
parking spot 2 ½ feet wide.

• If wingspan exceeds parking spot width, then the airplane must be configured to fit without any components
removed from the airplane.

• Payloads:
• Mission 1 – Crew only.
• Mission 2 – Crew, EMTs, Patient, gurney, and Medical Supply Cabinet.
• Mission 3 – Crew and Passengers.

• The gurney must be at least the same width and length as the Patient as a minimum with a minimum
height of 1.50 inches.

• The Medical Supply Cabinet shall have a minimum width and length of 3.00 inches and a minimum
height of 3.50 inches. The maximum weight is up to each team to decide and the weight can be varied
for each mission attempt not to exceed the maximum weight declared in tech inspection.

• The airplane shall have a single plane, horizontal floor in the passenger compartment to carry the EMTs,
Patient on gurney, Medical Supply Cabinet and Passengers. A separate insert on top of the horizontal floor
may be used specific to each mission, if desired.

• The Crew, EMTs, Patient on gurney, and Passengers must have a restraint system to secure them from moving during taxi, take-off, flight, and landing. The Patient must also be securely restrained to the gurney.

• The EMTs must be alongside of the Patient on the gurney. The EMTs cannot touch each
other, the Patient, gurney or any part of the airplane other than the floor or insert. The Medical Supply Cabinet can be forward or aft of the EMTs/Patient. It can also be placed behind the EMTs/Patient.

• The Passengers must be placed in the passenger compartment. The Passengers cannot touch each other or any part of the airplane other than the floor or insert.

• The Crew (Pilot and Co-Pilot) shall sit on a horizontal plane and be placed side-by-side without touching each other or any part of the airplane other than the floor. The crew horizontal plane does not have to be coplanar with the passenger compartment floor. There must be a solid bulkhead between the Crew and Passenger compartment

• The Crew shall be in a cockpit such that their heads are above the fuselage forward of the cockpit.

• The passenger compartment shall be accessed via a hinged hatch(es) on the side of the airplane. The hinge for the hatch(es) cannot extend beyond the fuselage centerline. The opening opposite the hinge side cannot extend beyond the fuselage centerline. The hatch(es) are limited to a width of 6.00 inches. There is no limit to the number of hatches implemented.

• The Crew must be loaded via a separate hinged hatch(es) that is forward of the required bulkhead. This could include a hinged side hatch(es) or a hinged canopy on top.

(All rules are provided on the AIAA DBF 2023-2024 Rules document)