The Concordia SAE Aero Design team is a student-run group that competes in the SAE Aero Design Collegiate Design Series organized by SAE International. These are extremely competitive events that are held annually, with universities from around the world competing with RC Aircrafts designed, manufactured, and tested by students. The primary goal is to develop a cargo lift remote control airplane that can lift specific types of payload. This project allows students to learn about flight dynamics, aircraft configuration selection, detailed design, structural analysis, propulsion, telemetry, and electronics. Members learn responsibility, time management, commitment, and teamwork.

Competition History

2015 Competition in Orlando, Florida 

  • Regular Class 3rd place overall

  • Advanced Class 2nd place overall

2016 Competition in Kansas (Design, Build & Fly)

2017 Competition in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Micro Class 21st place overall

  • Regular Class 11th place overall

2018 Competition in Lakeland, Florida

  • Regular Class 17th place overall

  • Advanced Class 7th place overall

2019 Competition in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Regular Class 9th place overall

  • Advanced Class 8th place overall


2020 Competition in Orlando, Florida

  • Micro Class 12th place overall

  • Regular Class 10th place overall

  • Advanced Class 5th place overall


The Aerodynamics team has as its most basic goal ensuring that the aircraft can fly. Other goals of the aerodynamics team include guaranteeing that the aircraft can takeoff in the required distance, ensuring the stability of the aircraft in flight, both static and dynamic and optimising the efficiency. The members of this team achieve those goals by carefully designing the wings, the empennage, and all the control surfaces. The two main design tools used are XFLR5 and OpenVSP.


The Structures team’s fundamental task is to ensure the structural integrity of the aircraft. The structures team interacts with the whole aircraft, as every part needs to be analysed to verify that it can withstand the loads acting on it. Another aspect of structural design is weight optimisation, the weight has to be minimized and also well distributed throughout the aircraft to achieve balance. The members of the Structures team work extensively with Solidworks, as they are in charge of creating the CAD model, but also use other analysis tools to perform FEA. 


The Systems team is tasked with designing the flight control system as well as the propulsion system. The work entails sizing the electric motor and the propeller, selecting the servomotors, along with the battery. In addition, ensuring that the electronics within the aircraft can communicate effectively with the controller is also a big part of the work. The members of the Systems team are also working on a research project which will record flight data.