Airbus makes last call for entries in €30,000 Fly Your Ideas challenge

Students still have chance to shape future of flight with one month to go

Blagnac07 November 2012

Students wanting to help shape the future of flight still have time to take part in the global Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge.

Airbus is asking students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000; the runners-up €15,000. Those wanting to get involved can register until 30 November and submit their initial proposal by 7 December.

Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus and Fly Your Ideas Patron, says: “Fly Your Ideas is a unique opportunity for students to be part of our vision for sustainable aviation. It’s now just one month to go before the competition takes-off and we’re asking anyone interested in helping to shape the future of flight – from any background and any discipline – to apply.”

This is the third edition of the biennial Fly Your Ideas challenge with more than 350 teams already active on the competition website, representing over 1,400 students and 78 nationalities. All have their sights on the top prize – which also includes an ‘innovation week’ on campus, run by Airbus experts – but they also stand to benefit in other ways.

The initiative is designed to inspire and better equip the next generation of talent in the aviation industry. It has this year gained the backing of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which says Airbus is giving students a rare opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real world environment.

In 2013 students will not only have an Airbus mentor to support the overall direction of their project but will also be assigned an Airbus expert in their chosen field. It means valuable insight into the opportunities in an industry that today supports over 56 million jobs; 35% of world trade; and US$2.2 trillion in global GDP.

The international higher education community can benefit too, with the potential to identify opportunities for R&D development and/or interaction between Airbus and academic research teams. The intellectual property rights of the ideas will remain with the universities.

Notes to Editors

Fly Your Ideas 2013 competition timings

  • Registration Closes - 30 November 2012
  • Round One - 3 September 2012 - 7 December 2012 (One page proposal)
  • Round Two - January 2013 - April 2013 (up to 100 teams chosen to deliver a 5000 word report and a short video)
  • Round Three - May 2013 - June 2013 (5 teams chosen to present to a jury of Airbus and industry experts)
  • Final presentation and awards – June 2013

About Airbus Fly Your Ideas

Fly Your Ideas is part of the Future by Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer’s vision of sustainable air travel in 2050. University students of any nationality or discipline – from engineering to marketing; business to science; IT to design – are encouraged to apply. Proposals must address the key issues facing the industry: ‘Energy’; ‘Efficiency’; ‘Affordable Growth’; ‘Traffic Growth’; ‘Passenger Experience’; or ‘Community Friendliness’.

The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000; the runners-up €15,000. Five teams will advance to the final in mid-2013. The winning team will be picked by a high-profile panel of judges (details to be announced shortly).

This is the third edition of the biennial Fly Your Ideas challenge. The previous contest (2011) drew entries from more than 2,600 students representing 287 universities and 75 countries.

Note to editors:

Fly Your Ideas 2011

  • 2,600 students from 75 countries, 84 teams selected for Round 2, and 5 finalists selected
  • CHINA – The team from China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics won with their ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft during take-off and landing. Xinyuan Zheng, spokesperson for the team, said: “To participate in the 2011 Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge was a great experience for us and we were very proud to win.”
  • CHILE.- There was also success for Team Condor from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile. They won the runner-up prize of €15,000 for a novel alternative design for aerodynamic speed brakes to recover energy for on-board reuse

Fly Your Ideas 2009

  • AUSTRALIA - The multinational team ‘Coz’ from the University of Queensland, Australia, were awarded the winning prize in June 2009. Their project focused on the use of a pioneering natural fibre composite - made from castor plants - in aircraft cabins.
  • SINGAPORE – “Solaire Voyager” from the National University of Singapore claimed the runner-up prize for their proposal to use solar cell technology integrating photovoltaic cells in aircraft to generate electricity.

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