Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge 2014

The 2nd Annual MAV Student Challenge was held at the 70th AHS International Annual Forum and Technology Display at 4-6 p.m. on Monday May 19, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec. Five university teams competed against the rules established by the AHS International Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft Committee! 

More than $6,000 in prizes was awarded in the 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge, which pitted student-researcher teams in an extremely challenging fly-off. The University of Maryland Dolphin team was the sole winner of the manually/remotely-executed challenge and received a $2,500 prize. An honorable mention award of $625 went to North Dakota State University for partial completion in the Manual category. Unfortunately, no team was successful in the Autonomous category. Honorable mention awards of $2,000 went to Penn State University and $1,000 to Georgia Tech for partial completion of requirements in the Autonomous category. This was an extremely challenging competition created specifically to encourage hands-on engineering and problem solving, as well as introducing students to the development of autonomous flight control for vertical flight systems. The Society seeks to develop the skills for the next generation of vertical flight engineers, scientists and leaders.  

Fully Autonomous
Remotely Operated
The Pennsylvania State University
PSU Gnittany Gnat
Gnittany-Gnat, 12g Coax


Georgia Institute of Technology
GTAR, 490g Quad
University of Maryland
UMD Cyclocopter
Cyclocopter, 180g 


University of Maryland
UMD Dolphin
CDCL Dolphin, 300g


North Dakota State University
 NDSU Quad, 370g
[flight video not posted]


Corporate Sponsors
  • Bell Helicopter
  • The Boeing Company
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • The Patuxent Partnership
  • Harshad Sane, Sikorsky Aircraft (Competition Chair)
  • Igor Cherepinsky, Sikorsky Aircraft (Committee Chair)
  • Sergey Kudzinau, Bell Helicopter
  • Ajay Sehgal, Wyle Aerospace
  • J.V.R. Prasad, Georgia Tech
  • Craig Stoneking, Lockheed Martin

Check out the current Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.

The 1st Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge was held at the AHS Forum 69 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday May 21, 2013.