Engineer airworthy aircrafts and avionics every single year.


Be an educational asset to our community and our members.


Achieve competitive placements at every competition.


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 designing and building a radio-controlled, fixed-wing, electrical-powered aircraft 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 an aircraft with the purpose of fulfilling a variety of mission profiles.

We are organized into 4 divisions and 16 subteams.

In addition to the above, UBC AeroDesign also has the Drone + Rover subteam that works on autonomous aircrafts and ground vehicles.
The Drone + Rover subteam reports directly to the captain, is restricted to senior team members, and does not hire externally.


UBC AeroDesign engineers remotely-piloted aircrafts, autonomous drones, and AI-powered reconnaissance systems.