Welcome to NEW FLYING COMPETITION, a scientific model-design and flight contest created by students-association Neues Fliegen e.V. from University of Applied Sciences Hamburg and our industry partners in Hamburg, Germany.


Congratulations to the winning teams:

  1. Team EcoCar
  2. Team HORYZN
  3. Team Beoavia
  4. Team NPU Innovation
  5. Team u-Fly Aerodesign
  6. Team HAWings

Vertical Take-Off and Landing



Carry a payload of 2 kg.


Fly electrically.



Build an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically.


Be energy-efficient.


Be fast.

Impressions from NFC 2020

more pictures soon

Share your comments or congratulations to the teams:

Comments: 1
  • #1

    Alex (Monday, 09 November 2020 01:54)

    Wow, really cool! I like the idea and the outcoming aircraft of your competition. My congrats!

We love building aircraft, but...

...current pandemic situation challenges all participating student teams. We stay focused on preparing NFC 2020 but also evaluate the dynamic situation around the globe. To our participants: we postponed the competition weekend to

October 22. - 26. 2020

!!! All deadlines for reports remain the same !!!

next deadline: hand-in of presentation slides - September 10th.

To team-captains: please inform yourself about restrictions with travelling to Germany and inform us about unforseen challenges as soon as possible. Three month to go... let's hope for the best!

See our updated map with information about airfield (including flight area), university campus and housing recommendation. Stay tuned as this maps is growing while we prepare for NFC 2020!

ZAL TechCenter in Finkenwerder offers workspace to NFC-participants during the competition days. Thanks to our supporters and our jury for this great opportunity.


List of available tools (download)


Website ZAL

Guidelines for the Reports (PDR & FDR) now published (Downloads)

Announcement - NFC 2020 - VTOL

We proudly announce the competition task for a new NFC in 2020.

22 - 26 October 2020 - Hamburg - Germany

We challenge genius students from all over the world to elaborate an aircraft model design which combines the advantages of vertical take off and landing with the efficiency of a fixed wing aircraft during cruise flight and subsequently realize and present their design in form of a model aircraft at the competition day.
The technology demonstrator will not only have to perform a sophisticated series of flight manoeuvres and proof its efficiency at the day of competition, the teams’ performance will also be rated by additional requirements like design reports comprising their approaches and concept elaborations.
The final competition weekend will hold an exciting program for all participants funded and realized by our sponsors.

Time Table

31 December 2019 Deadline for registration
31 January 2020 Submission of preliminary design report (PDR)
31 July 2020 Submission of final design Report (FDR)
10 September 2020 Hand-in of presentation slides
22 - 26 October 2020 (postponed)
Competition days in Hamburg, Germany

Registration 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Social Event afterwards


Technical inspection - ready to fly?


Competition flights on airfield near Hamburg


Competition flights (backup day)


Company visits

Award ceremony

Timetable might change, so stay tuned -  or register with your team directly so we can keep you up to date.

Participating Teams

  • HAWings, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany
  • HORYZN, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • EcoCar, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • BEOAVIA, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Albatross Tampere, Tampere University, Finland
  • U-Fly Aerodesign, Aeronautical University in Querétaro, Mexico
  • NPU INNOVATION, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an Shaanxi Province, China


What do you think? Just tell us:

Comments: 2
  • #2

    MESU KERU GAIKWAD (Wednesday, 07 October 2020 06:17)

    I have idea, power solution, for the globaly aircrafts. Which online idea competition for me ? My email is : mesupower@gmail.com

  • #1

    Alan Song (Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:31)

    I think if we limit the take off and landing distance rather than require for a VTOL aircraft can make the competition more interesting and efficient . Build a short take off and landing aircraft.

Impressions from our last event (NFC 2018):

New Flying Competition 2018 Awards:

1. BUT Chicken Wings, Technical University Brno

2. U-fly Aerodesign, UNAQ Queretaro, Mexico

3. NPU Innovation, Xi'an China

4. HAWings, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Supported by:

Last Friday some members of the NFC Organization Team visited the airfield of “LSV Groenhoff e.V. Stade” flight club. They gave us a great behind-the-scenes tour and we were able to watch the traffic at the private airport for a while.

We are happy to announce that this awesome location is going to be our venue for the flight day of the New Flying Competition!🤩✈️

We hope your model airplanes are progressing nicely!

The airfield can’t wait for your planes - and so do we.

The official registration is over and we would like to present the teams who have applied:


At first, there is the team "NPU Innovation" from the Northwestern polytechnical university xi'an china! We are very happy to welcome the team once again at our competition!



Next up, we would like to welcome the team "BUT Chicken Wings" from the Czech Republic. The team belongs to the "Brno University of Technology" and is experienced in model flying competitions.



Going on in the list of "newcomers" for the New Flying Competition we would like to introduce the team "AMEA" from Azerbaijan. The team's name refers to their university "Azerbaijan national academy of sciences".



As the fourth participant, we can announce the team "U-Fly Aerodesign" from the "Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro / UNAQ". We are proud, that the story about our competition made its long way to Mexico.



Last but not least, we welcome the team "HAWings" from the "HAW Hamburg". Once again they decided to take up the challenge of the New Flying Competiton.


We wish all the teams the best of luck and hope for an exciting competition with lots of innovative and creative engineering!


Thanks to our generous sponsors we can officially announce that there will be a prize-money pot of at least 6000€ for the New Flying Competition 2018!

We are grateful to be able to offer the competing teams such an attractive prize and hope to encourage even more teams with this exciting novelty.


So if your team needed a little bit of extra motivation to compete in the New Flying Competition - here you go!


As always we will happily answer any questions concerning this or any other topic.


Since there have been a few requests by teams from South America and India, we decided to officially extend the registration period. We are sure this will make the competition even more exciting, cross-cultural and versatile!

In addition to this there are new dates for the Preliminary Design Report and the final payment, in case your team chose staggered payment of the entry fee! The dates DO also concern teams who have already registered!

Here is an overview of the new dates:



Submission of the PDR:


18th of December 2017


7th of January 2018


Final Payment of the entry fee:


18th of December 2017


7th of January 2018


As usual - if there are any questions feel free to ask them right away!

A guideline for the reports of the New Flying Competition 2018 is available here!



Things you need to know about the official registration:

















1. You need to fill in the official registration-form you find right here


2. The team size is limited to 10 official members (including an optional PhD-student). A supervising professor/mentor does not count as an official team member.


3. Shortly after your registration you will receive a confirmation via the e-mail addresse you stated in the registration


4. After the end of registration-period you will receive an invoice for the basic entry-fee which has to be paid 14 days after the invoice has been sent. The sum indicated on your invoice will depend on what kind of payment you chose (staggered or entirely).




As usual you can always ask any question via Facebook, our website or via the registration-form.




Finally we can happily and proudly announce the second






The central element of the competition will be to build a model aircraft with a fully automatic wingspan-extension concerning the requirements of the parking position (80m x 80m x 80ft) at the aerodrome´s terminal on the one hand and to fulfill the demands of a highly performing and at the same time energy-efficient aircraft on the other hand.


If you are interested in taking part in the competition please have a look at the Rules of the New Flying Competition 2018. Afterwards we would be happy to receive your registration.


You can now find the task of the competition and the rules here!

To register your team you can click here!

If you want to get further information about the last competition feel free to browse "PAST COMPETITIONS" for impressions and details!

New Flying Competition

a project by students from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences  

Berliner Tor 9 - 20099 Hamburg, Germany