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Design, Build and Fly

Enrolment is no longer possible for semester 1 2020-2021. The registration period for HvA-students is prior to the registration period for non-HvA students. The maximum number of participants has been reached for this minor.

​The intention of this minor is to design, construct and fly a fixed wing single engine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is capable of flying a predetermined automated mission and drop a small package of food. The wing must be build with composite materials and its span is limited to 2 m. EASA CS-23 demands for both climb performance and wing strength must be applied.


​After the successful completion of this minor program, the student is able to:

  • effectively manage and function within a multidisciplinary (model aircraft) design project;
  • carefully weigh design demands and motivate all (multidisciplinary) design decisions;
  • design a model aircraft using composite materials and integration of (of the shelf) autopilot technology;
  • use Engineering software and simulators for design validation and prediction of (dynamic) behavior;
  • practically construct a high quality model aircraft (from own technical drawings) using a mix of production and joining techniques;
  • critically assess design quality (using data form practical testing);
  • prepare and execute an unmanned 'mission' ensuring compliance with operational requirements and effectively managing risks.​

Aanvullende informatie

Questions about the minor?
Contact Hans Devilee,

Questions about the Kies op Maat-procedure?
Contact onderwijsbureau Faculteit Techniek, with subject 'minor Techniek'.

​Material cost: 50-150 euro per student (highly dependent on the choices made during the design and production phase).

Note: The registration period for HvA students is prior to the registration period for non-HvA students. This may mean that the minor is already full for the start of the Kies op Maat registration period.

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.


​The student masters the English language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and is acquainted on the subject of mathematics and physics. The minor is given in English, since international students participate as well.


30 ECTS.

Assessment forms in these parts include:

  1. Project plan and concept design presentation & defense
  2. Simulator test, detailed design report, production plan, wing strength test and aircraft construction
  3. Mission execution, evaluation presentation & defense and evaluation report​

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given.

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.


  • Anderson, J.D. JR. (2008). Introduction to Flight. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071263184
  • Lennon, A. (1996). Basics of R/C Model Aircraft Design: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models. Air Age. ISBN 9780911295405 
  • Raymer, D.P. (2002). Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. 4rd Ed. AIAA Educational Series. ISBN 9781563478291
  • Raymer, D.P. (2002). Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders. Conceptual Research Corporation. ISBN 9780972239707
  • Simons, M​. (1999). Model Aircraft Aerodynamics. Trans-Atlantic Publications. ISBN 9781854861900


Roster will be published approximately 2 weeks before the start of the minor. On average, there will be approximately 20 hours of classes in a week. However, full time commitment is required for successful completion of the assignment.

Contact time
Work load: 40 hours a week (group work, self study and 10-25 hours of classes).
The amount of supporting classes is adapted to each phase of the project, but on average (weekly):​

- 12 hours of lectures

- 2 consultancy hours

- 2 hours of simulator practical