Students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil win Airbus Fly Your Ideas global competition

Air powered baggage handling concept claims top prize

Blagnac14 June 2013

A team of students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil have claimed the top prize of €30,000 as winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won with their proposal for a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables. Supported by UNESCO, Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition which challenges students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.

The winning team is comprised of Marcos Philipson, Leonardo Akamatsu, Adriano Furtado and Caio Reis, all studying design at the University of São Paulo, and Henrique Corazza studying at Loughborough University in the UK.

The runner-up prize of €15,000 went to Team CLiMA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, for their proposal to develop aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG).

This third edition of the competition saw over 600 teams from around the world submit a proposal responding to one of six challenges set out by Airbus for aviation in the 21st century. Over 60 Airbus assessors evaluated the submissions for quality, environmental benefits, and for the level of innovation demonstrated by the team.

The final was held earlier this week at the A380 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse where just five remaining teams presented their disruptive concepts to a prestigious jury led by Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. Team Levar convinced the jury with a powerful presentation which brought their idea to life.

Charles Champion said: “Team Levar’s response to the competition has been fantastic, with a truly innovative proposal for an air cushion solution inspired by hockey tables. They have taken a really broad view of how to improve the aviation industry as a whole, not limiting their ideas to aircraft alone but also considering ground operations and they are deserving winners. According to the students, passengers could collect their luggage 30% faster, start their holidays sooner, and luggage handlers would be put under less physical strain. This kind of idea is fundamental in ensuring the aviation industry continues to drive forward to a more sustainable future.”

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said "The diversity of these students’ ideas is a huge source of inspiration. Their talent also serves to remind us of the urgent need to train more engineers, to develop the skills and competences needed to translate ideas into reality and put science into practice. This is UNESCO’s ambition and one of the objectives of this partnership with Airbus is to inspire more innovative ideas for our future, in sustainable transportation and even further"

In addition to the prize money the students now look forward to welcoming experts from Airbus’ innovation cell onto their campus for a week of workshops and training later this year.

The winning team will be at the Le Bourget Paris Airshow Monday 17th June at 15:00 in the EADS Pavillon.

Contacts for the media:

Anne Galabert
Airbus Media Relations Manager
Tel.: +33 (0) 5 67 19 04 48

Notes to Editors

About Fly Your Ideas - Fly Your Ideas is a biennial international student competition held by Airbus, the world's leading aircraft manufacturer. The first competition was launched in October 2008 challenging teams of students from around the world to develop innovative ideas to shape the future of aviation. Since its launch, the challenge has been a vast success, drawing together thousands of students from around the world. The unique nature of Fly Your Ideas is that it gives students the chance to develop teamwork, enhance their creativity and innovation skills, and improve project management as well as presentation skills. Students have close interaction with over 200 Airbus staff involved as mentors, benefitting from Airbus expertise and insight into the global aviation industry which currently supports 33 million jobs worldwide and is a substantial contributor to global commerce.

About the 2013 challenge: Airbus has placed the focus on innovation, and asked students to propose an idea addressing six themes: Energy, Efficiency, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Passenger Experience, and Community Friendliness. The themes have been identified by Airbus as key 21st century challenges for a sustainable aviation industry.

  • The Competition Calendar:
  • Round One - September 2012 to December 2012 (One page proposal)
  • Round Two - January 2013 to April 2013 (102 teams chosen to deliver a 5,000 word report and a short video)
  • Round Three - May 2013 to June 2013 (5 teams chosen to present to a Jury of Airbus and industry experts and 5 teams chosen for online video competition)
  • Video Competition – from 13th May 2013 to 3rd June 2013
  • Final Presentations – 12th June 2013, Toulouse
  • Awards Ceremony – 14th June 2013, UNESCO HQ, Paris

Finalist teams:

  • Team CLiMA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
    Team Members: 5 students (4 male, 1 female); 1 South African, 1 Maltese, 1 Canadian, 2 Australian; studying Engineering – Aerospace in Australia; 1 PhD Level, 4 Bachelors Level
  • Team Levar, University of São Paulo, Brazil
    Team Members: 5 students all male; all Brazilians; studying Design - 1 student is studying Design in UK, at Loughborough University; Bachelors Level
  • Team AVAS, SRM University, India for reduced propulsion noise thanks to jet exhaust shape modification using intelligent materials (shape memory alloys). These alloys are energized by harvested electricity generated by advanced thermoelectric materials using engine heat source.
    Team Members: 3 students (2 male, 1 female); all Indians; studying Engineering – Aerospace; Bachelors Level
  • Team Flybrid, Technical University of Milan, Italy for an electric/turboprop combination for hybrid propulsion in regional aircraft. This system uses batteries pre-charged on ground and not in-flight.
    Team Members: 5 students all male; 2 Spanish, 3 Italians; studying Engineering – Aeronautical in Italy (the home university of one of the Spanish students is the University of Seville, Spain); 3 Masters Level, 2 Bachelors Level
  • Team Embarker, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia for a self-sustaining aircraft cabin concept in which the excess body heat from seated passengers is used as an alternative source of energy to power small electronics in the cabin.
    Team Members: 4 students all male; all Malaysians; studying Engineering – Aerospace; Bachelors Level


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