Aero Design Logo (Original).png
Learn More

Welcome to the home of the Western Aero Design Team. The Aero Design Team here at Western is a completely student-run mega project that was created in 2001 and has been active ever since, designing and building radio controlled aircrafts for competition every year.

We participate in the SAE Aero Design Competition which is held in the USA every year. This competition consists of a heavy lift contest between aircraft from universities all over the world. Teams can build planes for 3 different categories with different rules and constraints, generally focusing on carrying as much payload as possible while completing an air circuit of the flying field. For updated rules and competition guidelines visit the    SAE Aero Design website.

We build at least one plane each year for the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition, where we apply aerodynamic analysis, material selection and precise construction to design and build a plane that can withstand the tough competition. 
This mega project is a valuable learning experience and a chance to develop practical engineering skills while working with your fellow students. Western's Aero Design Team is a very rewarding extra-curricular activity for engineering students with a passion for aerospace engineering or a love for aircraft design.

Students from all engineering disciplines are encouraged to join us. Our team utilizes a wide variety of engineering skills from mechanical, to civil and electrical.  
For more information contact us using


Western Aero Design strives to offer Western Engineering students an opportunity to develop core engineering skills in a close-knit team environment. Our members will learn how to combine creativity and engineering design to transform ideation to physical prototypes.

Co-Captains: Jeff St. Jean and Channey Kim


Channey Kim

Co-Captain (Mechanical) & GTV Lead

4th Year Mechanical & Ivey HBA

Justyn Le

CAD & Tail Lead

4th Year Mechanical & CS

Andrea Helter

Fuselage Lead

5th Year Mechanical & Internship

William Knipe

Administrative Lead

4th Year Mechanical & Internship

Matthew Soldo

Wing Lead

3rd Year Mechanical

Marko Ilic


4th Year Mechatronics & CS


Jeff St. Jean

Co-Captain (Controls) &

Ground Station Lead

4th Year Mechatronics & CS

Zach Chen


4th Year Mechatronics & Ivey HBA

Joy Shah

Onboard Systems Lead

5th Year Mechatronics & Ivey HBA

Colin Smith

Special Projects Lead

4th Year Mechatronics & CS

Devin Bell

Drone Lead

5th Year Mechatronics & Internship

2021-2022 FULL ROSTER

Mechanical Team

1. Matthew Bentley

2. Om Bhatt

3. David Carrothers* (Fuselage)

4. Anirejuoriste Coker

5. Octavio Diaz

6. Jamieson Eng

7. Amro Hamam

8. Blake Harriott

9. Andrea Helter* (Fuselage)

10. Ryyan Hossain

11. Marko Ilic* (PADA)

12. Channey Kim* (GTV)

13. William Knipe* (Wing)

*leads and advisors

Mechanical Team

14. Justyn Le* (Tail)

15. Gavin Lee* (Tail)

16. Henry Li

17. Taylor Liu* (PADA)

18. Saad Nezami

19. Ahmed Omer

20. Babsi Shekan-Olaosegba

21. Sarah Solaiman

22. Matthew Soldo* (Wing)

23. Aaravan Thanienayagam

24. Inthu Thayalan

25. Nadia Turgeon

26. Dejan Uzelac

27. Stephen Wong

Controls Team

1. Devin Bell* (Drone)

2. Zachary Chen* (PADA)

3. Logan Derry

4. Zachary D'Souza

5. Jarrod Hasnain

6. Daniel Hatcher

7. Sufyan Khan

8. John Langlois

9. Christopher Law

10. Joseph Martindale

11. Najib Maskoun

12. Nicolas Mingorance-Geraldo

13. Zaid Okal

14. Joy Shah* (Onboard System)

15. Colin Smith* (Special Projects)

16. Jeff St. Jean* (Ground Station)

17. Daniel Tang

18. Stuart Wing

2019-2020 Plane Photo.jpg



Rate of Climb

0.5 m/s

Cruise Velocity

15.0 m/s


42.7 N


3.35 m

Maximum Weight

15.8 kg

"Pam" (2019-2020 Plane)

2020 SAE Aero Design East

6th place: Advanced Class - Overall

5th place: Advanced Class - Presentation

2019 SAE Aero Design East

14th place: Advanced Class - Overall

2018 SAE Aero Design East

12th place: Advanced Class - Overall

2017 SAE Aero Design West

4th place: Advanced Class - Overall

1st place: Advanced Class - Design Report

5th place: Advanced Class - Presentation

2016 SAE Aero Design West

2nd place: Advanced Class - Design Report

2015 SAE Aero Design West

1st place: Advanced Class – Design Report

2nd place: Micro Class – Design Report

2014 SAE Aero Design West

1st Place: Micro Class - Highest Payload Fraction

2nd Place: Advanced Class - Overall Score

3rd Place: Micro Class - Overall Score

3rd Place: Micro Class - Highest Payload Lifted

3rd Place: Advanced Class - Presentation

3rd Place: Micro Class - Design Report

3rd Place: Advanced Class - Design Report

Sponsor Diamond.jpg

Still have a question? Feel free to contact us for more information on team details, student life or any other questions you may have.

Success! Message received.


Aero Design Office within CMLP 63

1151 Richmond Street, London, ON

Canada N6A 5B9

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon