UBC AeroDesign (formerly known as UBC Heavy Lift) was founded in 1992 by a group of engineering students.  Every year, the team upholds the tradition of creating a radio controlled airplane from scratch to attend the collegiate competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The SAE Aero Design Series competition challenges university students from around the world to design and build a plane with the purpose of lifting the heaviest payload.
UBC AeroDesign has grown into a diverse team composed of talented university students from all disciplines. The team’s passion for all things aviation and desire to enrich student educational experience has pushed us to success. The team maintains a tradition of excellence: with over thirty teams participating in the SAE competition, the team has placed in the top ten, over 20 times in its history.

The two primary purposes of the team are:  

1. To provide a learning environment for students to experiment and experience what it is like to work on a world class engineering challenge in the field of aerospace

2. To produce the most competitive and innovative designs for international university competitions.