Smart Connected Aviation Student Competition


The 2022 FAA Challenge focuses on Smart Connected Aviation, providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, build, and test smart technology that has the ability to improve travelers’ transportation experiences and the efficiency of the national aviation ecosystem.

Through the Smart Connected Aviation Student Competition, FAA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community that take advantage of a future info-centric National Airspace System (NAS), including connected aircraft, that will benefit NAS users in the following four categories:

Commercial Air Transportation
General Aviation
Emerging Operations
Traveling Public

Interested teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit a non-binding Expression of Interest (EOI) by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Teams who submit an EOI by the deadline will be invited to a Q&A Session with the FAA Challenge Steering Committee and Challenge Program Team.

Participating student teams will compete by submitting a Project Plan Proposal in January 2022. Finalist teams will be selected in February and receive a travel reimbursement up to $6,000 to offset the cost of traveling to the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey in June 2022 to demonstrate their concepts.

A Finalist team will be selected for each Category.
Four Finalist teams will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be invited to compete for an additional $15,000 Best Overall prize at the 2022 FAA Challenge Forum!
Please contact FAAchallenge@nianet.org with any questions.

Important Dates for the 2022 FAA Challenge

October 15, 2021 – Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline
January 20, 2022 – Project Plan Proposal deadline
February 2022 – Finalist selection
May 2022 – Finalist Technical Papers due
June 2022 – 2022 FAA Challenge Forum in Atlantic City, NJ

VISIT THE FAA CHALLENGE WEBSITE