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The FAA’s Design Competition for Universities will again be offered for the 2013 – 2014 academic year! The Competition has been expanded. New topics have been added to each of the Design Challenge areas and are highlighted in red in the Competition Guidelines.

The Competition is again open to individual and student teams at U.S. colleges and universities (both undergraduate and graduate) working under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Winners can earn cash awards and first place winners have the opportunity and travel funds to present their design at FAA Headquarters summer 2014 and at another professional meeting. A notice of intent is strongly encouraged. This website includes a wealth of resources to help students with their designs from access to experts, key reference documents to serve as a reference point and past design winners.


FAA recently selected winners for its seventh annual Design Competition for Universities. Top honors went to student teams from the University of Virginia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Binghamton University – State University of New York and George Mason University; twelve other submissions also received awards… Read More

Technical Design Challenges are offered in five broad categories:

Airport Operation and Maintenance
Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions
Airport Environmental Interactions
Airport Management and Planning
Innovative Application of FAA Data
*** For flight management data contact Mary Beth Witchie: mary.beth.witchie@faa.gov***

See Guidelines for Details

    The Competition opens on August 30, 2013 and closes on April 18, 2014