Fly Your Ideas is celebrating the International Day of People with Disability by introducing three teams from Fly Your Ideas 2013, whose projects focused on improving the air travel experience for people with disabilities; Team Disaero, Travelers in Disguise and Dream Sailing.
Learn more about the International Day of People with Disability and about what motivated these three teams to work on such an important issue.
International Day of People with Disability is promoted by the United Nations with the aim of supporting the dignity, rights and well being of people with disabilities.
In this years’ edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas, three teams - Disaero, Travelers in Disguise and Dream Sailing - chose to develop innovative ideas to improve the experience of passengers with disabilities. “Fly Your Ideas is a great opportunity for students to work on issues they feel strongly about. The diversity of issues which were addressed by the projects we received this year was inspiring.” Explains Lauren O’Neill Fly Your Ideas project manager.
Find out more about the International Day of People with Disability here.
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Team Disaero from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain submitted an idea for an Eco-kit for passengers with reduced mobility. Team Disaero’s idea focused on creating an accessible kit facilitating movement onto and off an aircraft. The team proposed using the most sustainable materials available to reduce the ecological footprint.Team Disaero explained: “This kit is meant to help passengers with reduced mobility and try to eliminate some of the barriers they have to overcome when travelling by plane. We often forget how difficult it can be for passengers with reduced mobility to do something as simple as boarding a plane or even sitting comfortably in an airplane seat”.
Indonesian team, Travelers in Disguise from the University of Gadjah Mada’s put forward a project, which aims to minimise the dependency of passengers with disabilities through new wheelchair technology.
This technology would provide a solution for the growing number of passengers with reduced mobility who face difficulties when travelling by air.
Through this project, the team believes they can improve the independence and convenience for disabled passengers.
Overall, Travelers in Disguise described their wish to “help passengers with reduced mobility to experience the same joys of flying as other passengers”.
Team Dream Sailing from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China aimed to improve the experience of air travel for passengers with disabilities with a Comfortable High-speed Service.
The High-speed Service aims to create a tailored approach enabling
passengers with disabilities to fly with more convenience, comfort and safety.
“We wanted to look at as many aspects of the travellers’ experience as possible to understand what could be improved. We studied the check-in system, the cabin design, and the emergency treatment” said Team Dream Sailing.