Awards at the AIAA Aircraft Design Competition

Team AeroSwitch wins with its Trybrid model


A group of students in the Aeronautical Engineering Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Programme has won first prize in the Graduate category of the Aircraft Design Competition 2019-2020 organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical association dedicated to professions in the aerospace sector.

The challenge requires each competing team to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) by presenting a report for a completed project which is then assessed by Technical Committees at the AIAA. The RPF in the 2019–2020 edition dealt with the design of aircraft destined for use at flight schools.

Team AeroSwitch at the Politecnico di Milano, composed of Lorenzo Alberti, Davide Pasquali (team leader), Andrea Santeramo and Matteo Tombolini, with the supervision of professors Carlo E. D. Riboldi and Lorenzo Trainelli, designed ‘Trybrid’, an environmentally friendly and safe model. This innovative aeroplane with distributed electric propulsion can be reconfigured; technically a multi-engine plane, it can also fly as a single-engine plane, making it suitable for training pilots for both single-engine and multi-engine licences.

The concept at the base of ‘Trybrid’ is the subject of a patent pending in the name of the Politecnico di Milano.