The Design/Build/Fly (DBF) student team designs, fabricates, and demonstrates the flight capabilities of an electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft that can best meet a given mission objective. The contest provides a real-world aircraft design experience for students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytical studies. The competition is hosted by Textron Aviation, Raytheon Missile Systems, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) national engineering society.