American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Columbia University American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Founded: 2003
Recognition: ABC
Membership: ~15
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 based out of the mechanical engineering department that allows all Columbia students who have an interest in those two fields to gather and learn more about them. In an effort to raise understanding of aircrafts, the organization competes in the annual Design/Build/Fly competition sponsored by the National AIAA. The group has a workshop on the second floor of Carleton Lab in Mudd Hall. The group is a recognized student group under the Activities Board at Columbia.

To join, just stop by one of the weekly meetings, Thursdays at 5:30 pm in Mudd 264. If the door is locked, just knock and one of the team members will hear you.


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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