Oral Presentation Winner

10th Place Overall


SAE West (California)

In March, 2010, M-Fly took their plane, the M-2, to competition at the SAE Aero Design West in Van Nuys, California. The first day of competition consisted of finalizing the plane for technical inspection, an oral presentation of the plane design, and a mass team meeting. Here, M-Fly learned that the team had placed third in the written portion of the competition and first in the oral presentation for the regular class teams. Thanks to this, M-Fly was in first place overall heading into the second day of the competition.

Unfortunately, the second day of the competiion wasn't as successful. The team was able to get the M-2 off the ground on its first flight attempt with 20.1 pounds of payload, but because of unexpected tip stall, the plane crashed into the ground shortly after takeoff. Team members spent the second night of competition repairing a broken section of the wing and coming up with a solution to prevent tip stall before the third day of the competition.

The team had more success on the third day of competition. With the ailerons deflected to prevent tip stall, the M-2 successfully lifted 11.4 pounds of payload in the first round. In the second round, the plane once again lifted 20.1 pounds of payload, but the plane took off about three feet after the designated runway length, disqualifying the flight. However, the team was excited to finish in tenth place overall at the competition, which was an improvement from the 2009 SAE Aero Design East Competition.