Publish Date: 05.05.2017

Category: News from the University

Students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana have participated this year again in the competition in building radio-controlled unmanned aircrafts – Design/Build/Fly (DBF), organised by the Cessna Aircraft Company and Raytheon Missile Systems with the support of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. The competition took place from April 20th to 23rd, 2017 in Tucson (Arizona) in the USA. The FME UL team of students, named Edvard Rusjan Team Slovenia, under the mentorship of Assist. Prof. PhD. Viktor Šajn and Assoc. Prof. PhD. Tadej Kosel, won third place in the competition among 95 teams from all around the globe.

University of Southern California won the first place. Second place was awarded to the Georgia Institute of Technology, while the fourth place won the MIT team (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – the most prestigious technological university in the USA). A number of prestigious universities competed at the competition (MIT, Stanford, Georgia etc.).

Within the Design/Build/Fly competition, aviation students apply their theoretical knowledge to build a radio-controlled competitive aircraft. For this they need a strong understanding of aerodynamics, aircraft construction mechanics, materials, electrical engineering, aircraft electrical drives and the knowledge of piloting an aircraft. Each team must design an unmanned aircraft according to predefined rules and then fly the aircraft in the competition – complete missions (assigned objectives).


The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana team achieves great results in the competition every year, even having won it in 2015.

You can find more information on Facebook page of the team: DBF Edvard Rusjan Slovenian Team.