Team Invictus from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology has been the sole representative of Pakistan in the AIAA DBF (Design/Build/Fly) Competition for the past 9 consecutive years.
Design/Build/Fly is an international R/C aircraft competition sponsored and organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Missile Systems. Every year, hundreds of engineering institutes send in their applications, out of which only 100 proposals are accepted. Teams from all 5 continents take part, including many world-renowned engineering institutes, such as MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Each team is then required to design and manufacture an electric powered R/C aircraft that fulfills the annually-changing mission statement. A 60-page technical report is submitted by each team followed by the fly-offs that take place alternately in Kansas and Arizona, USA.
For this year’s competition, the team designed and manufactured ‘Parvaaz’, a banner-towing bush plane capable of deploying and releasing a banner and carrying passengers and luggage. The fly-off event for DBF, scheduled to be in April 2020 at Wichita, Kansas, was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, AIAA scored the teams based on the design report, and Team Invictus GIKI achieved 2nd Position in Asia, behind Khalifa University which ranked 9th in the overall ranking, prevailing over competitors from Indian, China, South Korea, and Turkey. The team was awarded with a report score of 81 out of 100, the 13th highest score in the world, and secured 34th position among 101 teams, leaving behind Stanford, Emirates Aviation University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Team Invictus GIKI aims to be the face of the radio-controlled aircraft industry in Pakistan and use its national presence and international experience to help promote this hobby in the country.