The competition Air Cargo Challenge was originally initiated in 2003, inspired by the North American DBF (design-build-fly) aircraft university competitions. Since then, the competition was held every two years and, from 2007, the challenge gained a European projection. In 2019, the competition is being organized by the Euroavia Stuttgart and the Akamodell Stuttgart (the winner of the competition 2009, 2013 and 2017) for the third time. It is a competition for university students and postgraduates of the engineering or science area and was created to stimulate the interest in the fields of aeronautics. In this competition each team gets the chance to test and improve their skills by competing with other teams in a design-, build- and fly competition.
The Air Cargo Challenge offers students the unique opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary and challenging project from its beginning to the finished product. By participating in the ACC the teams can test their knowledge and, at the same time, get involved with a wide range of challenges which students will find in their future professional career: technical, interpersonal and financial challenges as well as strict deadlines. To participate in the Air Cargo Challenge competition, the team should design, document, build and fly a radio-controlled aircraft with the maximum possible payload for certain flight task.