SAE Aero Design Validation - West

April 9-11, 2021 │Van Nuys, California

2021 SAE Aero Design West has been Rescheduled


This year's SAE Aero Design West planned for 2021 in Van Nuys, California has been merged into the SAE Aero Design East event. The event has been rescheduled for June 4-6th and will be held in Lakeland, Florida.

Stay tuned to the news feed at for updates on this year's competition!

Action Deadlines





Knowledge Event Registration

October 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT

November 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EST

Validation Event Registration

November 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT

January 18, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Fast Track Roster Affiliation

November 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT

March 25, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM EDT

Proof of Flying Video*

April 4, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

April 9, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Proof of Inspection Video*

April 4, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

April 9, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT

Award Ceremony

April 11, 2021

*The 'Opens' deadline is the true deadline - any submissions after this date will be penalized. The 'Closes' deadline is the final day that submissions will be accepted.

Submission Procedures

Teams competing in any North American SAE Aero Design competition must submit the following documents online through  The standard submission format is located under Rules/Resources above.

There has been a slight confusion on using the website and using the website. Below is a breakdown of what each website is for and the information that is required on each. Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be clear up any problems/concerns. You can contact with your problems/comments/concerns. Thank you.

Affiliate all members through teams profile page for use during SAE registration onsite.

Affiliate only the captain(s) and those team members that will be asking questions/submitting documents

Affiliated members of the team will each fill in their emergency contact information here through your teams profile page

Affiliated team captains will be the main points of contact for SAE to communicate event information

Teams profile page contains your ability to update your:

  1. Change your Website and Social Media

  2. Pay your Team Invoice

  3. Reprint your Team Invoice

  4. Print your Individualized Registration Confirmation Letter

  5. Print your Participation Certificate

Rules Questions, Design Report, 2D Drawings,  and Tech Data Sheets are all submitted electronically here.

*If you have multiple teams they will need a separate team profile page and page for each team.