American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Columbia University American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Founded: 2003
Recognition: ABC
Membership: 22
Category: Competitive, Pre-professional

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at Columbia, also known as The Airplane Club, is a pre-professional organization who, in an effort to raise understanding of aircraft, competes in the annual Design/Build/Fly. The competition sponsored by the National AIAA. The group has a workshop on the second floor of Carleton Lab in Mudd Hall. It is a recognized student group under the Activities Board at Columbia.

Despite disagreements from Fsae, Columbia AIAA is usually referred to as the best looking engineering group on campus.

To join, just stop by one of the weekly meetings, Monday's at 8:30 pm in the MechE Shop on mudd 2. If the door is locked, just knock and one of the team members will hear you.

In April 2018, the team competed in Ocala, FL where after some thrust modifications and weight optimizations, flew successfully.


  • 2009/10: 54th out of 69 teams. (Plane's name: Lion Cub)(Landing gear failed)
  • 2008/09: 47th out of 54 teams. (Plane's name: The Fu Fighter)(Crashed)
  • 2007/08: 12th out of 69 teams. (Plane's name: CU AirLions)
  • 2006/07: 40th out of 50 teams. (Plane's name: A Hard Day’s Flight)
  • 2005/06: 44th out of 49 teams. (Plane's name: Lion in the Sky)
  • 2004/05: 44th out of 44 teams. (Plane's name: Flyin’ Lion)
  • 2003/04: 20th out of 37 teams. (Plane's name: The Leaking Lion)
  • 2002/03: Did not compete


  • 1996/97: Did not compete (First DBF competition)

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