Fly Your Ideas: From the classroom to the real world

Mohd Shazwan from the International Islamic University Malaysia was the team leader of Team Peregrine Falcon who made it through Round 2 in Fly Your Ideas 2013.

Mohd describes what his team learned from an industry visit, and how he gained new skills as the team leader.


Fly Your Ideas: From the classroom to the real world

Fly Your Ideas: From the classroom to the real world

Mohd Shazwan from the International Islamic University Malaysia was the team leader of Team Peregrine Falcon who made it through Round 2 in Fly Your Ideas 2013. Mohd describes what his team learned from an industry visit, and how he gained new skills as the team leader.

“Our idea addressed the Community Friendliness challenge by incorporating green technology to power an aircraft. We realised that the most aircraft already have a Ram Air Turbine (RAT) - so why not we use it to generate the energy to power the electric taxiing system? 

But it’s not easy to store the electrical energy harvested by the RAT during flight, and it creates extra drag when deployed. There were a lot of real-world challenges in moving from the idea to the reality. 

We needed more insight and expertise, and we were very lucky to visit the Malaysia Airlines hanger facilities, where their Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) discussed the project and gave us some useful pointers. As students with no industry experience, we weren’t really aware of the constraint and reality behind the theoretical education of the classroom. Our contact with Malaysia Airlines and the Airbus Experts and Mentors gave us a realistic idea of how we should pursue our project.

Being a leader of 4 other students showed me that everyone has their own capabilities and skills. I had not considered myself as a leader, but they voted for me and I learnt a lot of leadership skills from the experience, including assigning the same workload to everyone and ensuring that it gets done in good time. I also increased my interpersonal and public relation skills, through managing a team.

Now I’m studying at the Imperial College, London, for an MSc in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering. I’m particularly interested in the course on Emerging Technologies for Green Aviation, a whole area that Fly Your Ideas opened up to me, as I now know how important Airbus considers sustainability to be, in terms of the future of aviation. Who knows – maybe I’ll end up working at Airbus one day! 

My advice to students is, do join this competition as it is a great way to expand your knowledge of the real aviation industry. This is the chance to relate the theoretical to the practical side of what you learn in class.

Just do it!”

Improving Efficiency

With more and more people looking to fly than ever before, the Efficiency Challenge is one of the most important issues facing engineers today and in the coming years. Solutions for future flight must meet passenger and market demands, ensuring that flights are affordable for passengers, profitable for airlines and respectful of the environment.

Improving efficiency means finding ways of streamlining all aspects of an aircraft’s operation. From the choice of fuel to improving ground operations, even small changes can make a big impact year-on-year in the global aviation industry.

Cutting the cost of air travel for a more sustainable future: Improving Efficiency

With more and more people looking to fly than ever before, the Efficiency Challenge is one of the most important issues facing engineers today and in the coming years. Solutions for future flight must meet passenger and market demands, ensuring that flights are affordable for passengers, profitable for airlines and respectful of the environment.

Improving efficiency means finding ways of streamlining all aspects of an aircraft’s operation. From the choice of fuel to improving ground operations, even small changes can make a big impact year-on-year in the global aviation industry.

In June 2012, in a joint effort with Air Canada, Airbus carried out the first ever North American ‘perfect flight’ as part of its programme to improve efficiency. This activity utilised an A319 flying from Toronto to Mexico City, with the aircraft powered by a 50% sustainable aviation fuel blend made with used cooking oil, as well as having further enhancements to its Air Traffic Management (ATM) procedures and other systems.

Whilst this was a significant step in the right direction, there are endless opportunities for improvement. Last year’s Fly Your Ideas finalists Team Levar focused on improving the efficiency of ground operations, designing a prototype for an air-powered baggage conveyor system, assisting baggage handlers and speeding up the loading and unloading processes.

Even minor improvements such as these have the potential to save thousands of flying hours, cut carbon emissions significantly and ultimately allow airlines to meet the demand of an ever increasing number of air passengers.

The Fly Your Ideas challenge is your chance to make a real difference in this area and calls on students from around the world to find ways of improving efficiency in the aviation industry. You have just 4 weeks to put your team together and submit your entry for Fly Your Ideas 2015.

Register your team by 12:00 GMT on November 24 2014, and submit your Round 1 idea, addressing one or more of our 6 challenges by 12:00GMT on December 1st.


  • Team Levar perspective on Fly Your Ideas

    Here last year’s winners, Team Levar tell us about their experiences with the Fly Your Ideas challenges.

Team Levar perspective on Fly Your Ideas

Here last year’s winners, Team Levar tell us about their experiences with the Fly Your Ideas challenges.

“We found out about the Fly Your Ideas challenge through a friend. As design students, being exposed to a new industry perspective was a real opportunity for us and what interested us most about the competition was the unique opportunity to have mentors from Airbus who would support with the technical aspects of our project’s development.

Our idea, “Levar”, was aimed at improving efficiency of luggage handling on board aircrafts. The product uses the principles of air hockey with the cargo hold retro-fitted with super-light sliding sections to enable workers to quickly, easily and safely load and unload luggage. The product is made up of inclined surfaces created by the inflation of air cushions which allow the luggage to move easily with a constant flow of pressurized air. The worker needs just to organise the luggage on the product platform, give it a light push with the shield provided – and gravity does the rest!

Our project primarily addressed the Traffic Growth Challenge, since the main commercial advantage of Levar is that it reduces ground time of aeroplanes. However, as you will find through your own project developments, our idea also fitted other Challenges, including Efficiency and Passenger Experience. Interestingly, one of the things that passengers say affects their experience the most, is the time they have to wait to collect their luggage. Although we started by thinking about Traffic Growth, it was really fascinating to discover how much one idea touched on all the key aviation challenges.

For everyone entering the Fly Your Ideas challenge, our advice would be to spend as much time as possible carefully researching the ‘problem’. Once you have identified a specific area, make sure that you consider these problems from all different angles. Don’t forget – the solution lies in the problem itself!

Taking our idea from Round 1 to Round 2 was really exciting. We did a huge amount of research as part of this process, we visited airports, talked to flight attendants, pilots, airline workers, people who take care of missing bags – everything we could! We had the support of an incredible Airbus mentor and this was one of the most valuable parts of the competition for us. Receiving coaching in so many different aspects taught us so much that we will keep for the rest of our lives and careers.

We all learnt so much from working together, as part of a team. Developing these skills is something we know we’ll all take forward. For anyone thinking about taking part in Fly Your Ideas – go for it! There is nothing better than having the opportunity to discuss your ideas with people who understand everything about the aviation field and you will learn more than you could ever imagine.”


Defining the Passenger Experience of the future

When it comes to innovating for the future of aviation, the Passenger Experience Challenge is one of the most important factors to consider. Passenger growth from around the world means that there is an increasingly socially, culturally, and ethnically diverse pool of customers, each with unique needs.

Improving Passenger Experience means reimagining every aspect of a passenger’s journey. From the time spent at check-in, baggage management or security procedures to the entertainment on board, every detail counts and every passenger is different.

Defining the Passenger Experience of the Future: An Engineer’s Dream

When it comes to innovating for the future of aviation, the Passenger Experience Challenge is one of the most important factors to consider. Passenger growth from around the world means that there is an increasingly socially, culturally, and ethnically diverse pool of customers, each with unique needs.

Improving Passenger Experience means reimagining every aspect of a passenger’s journey. From the time spent at check-in, baggage management or security procedures to the entertainment on board, every detail counts and every passenger is different. And of course, future innovations must put safety and reliability first.

An ‘engineer’s dream’, the Concept Plane was co-conceived by Airbus experts from aircraft materials, aerodynamics, cabins and engines. It shows how passengers’ increasingly high expectations can be met by 2050 – even by 2030, if advancements in existing technologies continue apace.

Depicted in these ground-breaking blueprints are revolutionary materials such as a light-weight ‘intelligent’ body to let aircraft automatically sense its load, as well as longer, slimmer wings to reduce drag.

Although the Concept Plane seems like a long way off, constant incremental innovation makes a big difference to aviation. Last month, Airbus’ A320neo took flight for the first time. The latest evolution in Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle family aircraft incorporates unique features such as the fuel-saving Sharklets wingtip devices as well as the latest cabin innovations, designed to deliver per seat fuel burn improvement of 20 per cent by 2020.

For inspiration in addressing the future Passenger Experience, take inspiration from the Concept Plane, created by Airbus engineers as part of Airbus’ The Future by Airbus programme. Previous Fly Your Ideas teams that have tackled this challenge include 2013’s Team PIES, with a virtual laser keyboard, designed to improve the usability of in-seat displays.

For your chance to create ideas that can shape the aviation industry of the future, you have just 5 weeks to put your team together for Fly Your Ideas 2015.

Register your team by 12:00 GMT on November 24 2014, and submit your Round 1 idea, addressing one or more of our 6 challenges by 12:00GMT on December 1st.

The Inside Track: Sudip Bhattarai

Sudip Bhattarai from Nepal is a veteran of both Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2009 and 2011. Here’s his insight on how to make the most of your Round 1 submission, and why potential participants from everywhere in the world should make the most of the “unique opportunity to take part in a global aerospace challenge.”

The Inside Track: Sudip Bhattarai

The Inside Track: Sudip Bhattarai

Sudip Bhattarai from Nepal is a veteran of both Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2009 and 2011. Here’s his insight on how to make the most of your Round 1 submission, and why potential participants from everywhere in the world should make the most of the “unique opportunity to take part in a global aerospace challenge.”

“My first Fly Your Ideas experience was in 2009. This first attempt wasn’t successful, and we didn’t make it past the first round. For Fly Your Ideas 2011, whilst studying at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in China, I joined Team Aphelion. This time we made it to Round 2. Our proposal was for ‘Integrated Window-Skin Panels,’ that combined composite skin with polymer window in a single panel.

We tried to think about our idea in very complex terms, which made it difficult to express simply in our Round 1 proposal. I am sure the idea that won Fly Your Ideas 2011 (also a NUAA team) demonstrated to a lot of the participants that a direct and clear approach is best while working on an innovative concept, especially in the early stages of development. 

The most valuable part of the experience? Personally, it was working in collaboration with our Airbus mentor, Thomas Ertl, in writing the Round 2 report. He made a tremendous contribution on how the story of our project was laid out in the final report.

I graduated in February 2014 and I’m now an Assistant Professor for Aerospace Studies at the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University in Nepal. My responsibility is to teach elective aerospace courses to students, and work towards the overall advancement of the aerospace studies in Nepal. 

Although Nepal does not yet have a major aerospace industry, aerospace-related research is still something we can get involved in. Entering fresh into the world of aerospace and the aviation industry provides a new perspective, which has value in a mature industry.

Finally, a message to Nepalese students, and students from countries that haven’t previously been represented at Fly Your Ideas: this is a unique opportunity to take part in a global aerospace challenge. It is also an opportunity to be associated with a leading aerospace company, and it is open to everyone from around the world. Regardless of which academic background or field of specialization you are from, Airbus Fly Your Ideas welcomes your ideas – so find team-mates and enter now!”

An Insight on Passenger Comfort from Airbus' Kevin Keniston

Fly Your Ideas is all about harnessing the power of innovation and inspiring students around the world to engage with the work we do constantly at Airbus – looking for better ways to fly.

Here, we speak to people at the heart of innovation at Airbus, to give you some insight into life at Airbus and what innovation really means in the world of work. Head of Passenger Comfort Kevin Keniston tells us why innovation for him is “the right idea at the right time”.

An Insight on Passenger Comfort from Airbus' Kevin Keniston

An Insight on Passenger Comfort from Airbus' Kevin Keniston

Fly Your Ideas is all about harnessing the power of innovation and inspiring students around the world to engage with the work we do constantly at Airbus – looking for better ways to fly.

Here, we speak to people at the heart of innovation at Airbus, to give you some insight into life at Airbus and what innovation really means in the world of work. Head of Passenger Comfort Kevin Keniston tells us why innovation for him is “the right idea at the right time”.

“My role at Airbus is very varied and involves working with Airbus teams from across the business. As Head of Passenger Comfort working within Market and Product Strategy, I have two clear priorities. My ‘public role’ as Head of Passenger Comfort is to ensure that passenger comfort is always at front of mind in our products and product development. My second focus is more strategic, identifying ways in which we can improve the value of our cabins and operations to make sure that passenger expectations and experience will be met in the future.”

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Airbus. We are building and selling planes today that will still be flying in 25-30 years’ time, so more than any other industry we have to really have our finger on the innovation pulse and operate within the future, understanding as best we possibly can what the world will be like in the future and what will be important to passengers.”

“When we are looking ‘to innovate’, we always start with identifying the business needs – what will be important to airlines and our stakeholders. Once you have this clear in your mind, it helps to focus your work and be sure you’re starting out in the right direction.” 

“One of the key things for making sure that your ideas are successful is to set out a clear road-map of your ideas as they develop, to make sure your ambition has clear vision and practicality. At Airbus, we talk about ‘incremental innovation’. Some people think that ideas are only impactful once they’ve been completed. It’s true that a lot of ‘innovative ideas’ are intended for the long-term, or take years to refine and implement, so we work to ensure that these ideas also have short term benefits. That means that innovative ideas are developed earlier on, with their development bringing immediate business value rather than waiting for their completion for this to happen.”

“People often question what innovation actually ‘is’. For me, it’s not necessarily a light bulb moment or a prescriptive process, but often the right idea at the right time. Lots of people have had great ideas that haven’t come to fruition simply because other elements needed to make them work – technology, budget, haven’t been quite right. Never give up on an idea if it doesn’t work first time round, it might just need a bit of refining or a change of circumstance until everything is right.”

“Innovation also happens through a series of connections. Individuals are important to the innovation process, sometimes bringing ideas to the table that really make innovation come together, but teamwork and external factors and connections always need to come together and play a part. Most of all, you need a positive environment to make innovation happen – a place where every idea is a good idea and everyone has an open mind.”

“If I was to give the younger generation a tip for planning their future, it would be to follow what you love doing. When you really enjoy something, you will succeed at it – and those innovative ideas will flow!”

“For me, the future of innovation and engineering is incredibly exciting. The engineer of the future will have more tools and technology at their disposal than ever before. Big data is also set to play a huge part in the aviation industry in my opinion, and is an area where we haven’t even scratched the surface. Both of these factors will mean that future engineers and innovators will be far more empowered than ever before. I can’t wait to see what happens!”

Registrations and Round 1 submissions are now open, so make sure you register at http://www.airbus-fyi.com, and check out the challenges.


  • AIRBUS GEARS UP FOR FLY YOUR IDEAS

    As students around the world put their heads together to come up with the best ideas possible for Round 1, Fly Your Ideas has been generating plenty of excitement within Airbus too.

AIRBUS GEARS UP FOR FLY YOUR IDEAS

As students around the world put their heads together to come up with the best ideas possible for Round 1, Fly Your Ideas has been generating plenty of excitement within Airbus too. “I think it brings enthusiasm to engineers about their work and what they do” – Steven Hallett, Lean Processes (Structure Analysis) from Airbus, Toulouse. i-Q (Paperless) Project manager, Daniel Brierley who is also based in Toulouse, agreed with Steven, “Working with students means working with their raw talent and drawing inspiration from them… it’s a chance to observe creativity without the constraint of experience.”

In September, a group of Fly Your Ideas supporters gathered at Airbus HQ in Toulouse at an event to mark the 2015 edition of the global student challenge. Gregor Dirks, Chief Innovator at Airbus and longtime Fly Your Ideas supporter and Emma Boya, Airbus Head of Brand Communications spoke enthusiastically about how Airbus people can share their interest in engineering and the future of aviation with a new generation of creative student innovators. 

Afterwards, Georges Ric, an Aircraft Information Security Architect shared his experience of being involved with the student teams. “What I found impressive was their ability to go into project mode and to take on the challenge for Round 2 of the event. I find their ideas innovative and refreshing.”

As well as previous Fly Your Ideas Airbus assessors, mentors and experts, the audience included Airbus people who hadn’t previously taken part, but were now keen to find out how to participate. The speakers also presented Let’s Connect and explained this great new tool enables team members to come together from all over the world to form teams and network with former Fly Your Ideas participants too.

This month sees the next Fly Your Ideas 2015 event at Airbus in Filton, with other sites to follow – a chance for even more employees to learn how they can get involved, and share their experience and passion for innovation with diverse teams of students from around the world.  Finally, here’s what Landing Gear Mechanical Design Expert Laurent Tizac, had to say, “For students, innovation can be found anywhere. Their ideas might be perceived a little odd at first sight, but they mustn’t be discarded as they can prove to be valuable in the long run.”

Fly Your Ideas Alumni Insight

Throughout Round 1, we will be sharing the experiences of Airbus Fly Your Ideas veterans - don’t miss the chance to learn from their involvement. Here’s what Javier Puig had to say about participating in the challenge, and how to maximise your chances of success…

“I took part in the 2013 edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas as part of 5-strong ‘TeamDisaero’ from the Polytechnic of Valencia in Spain. We were all 4th year aerospace engineering students.

Fly Your Ideas Alumni Insight

Throughout Round 1, we will be sharing the experiences of Airbus Fly Your Ideas veterans - don’t miss the chance to learn from their involvement. Here’s what Javier Puig had to say about participating in the challenge, and how to maximise your chances of success…

“I took part in the 2013 edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas as part of 5-strong ‘TeamDisaero’ from the Polytechnic of Valencia in Spain. We were all 4th year aerospace engineering students. Our goal was to improve the experience of air travel for people with reduced mobility. We developed a new chair, to be compliant with future as well as current aviation regulations.

Why did we choose to do this for our project? It seemed like a really tangible way to make a difference to many people’s experience of flying. If you have restricted mobility, flying is a real headache. And as people live longer, are more prone to develop disabilities, and are larger physically, we felt that airlines had not yet tackled the challenges of adapting the passenger cabin experience for a changing market.

Aviation is quite a focused area to study. We already had both men and women in our team, but to bring in even more diversity, we sought out an Academic mentor from a completely different background. Her background is in urban and public design – social engineering, if you like. She taught us a lot about design, and we really integrated her knowledge into our ideas to create something totally new. 

Working with an Airbus mentor gave us a new insight into critical thinking, and how to apply that to improve our design. It was a great experience – in part due to the bonding we did over some 60-hour weeks in the run up to the final Round 2 deadline! My advice to anyone taking part in Fly Your Ideas 2015 would be to start early, and plan your time, especially for the time-intensive second round.

I learnt a lot about leadership from taking part in the challenge, particularly the importance of creating a good working atmosphere if you’re expecting people to work hard! Decision making and discussion are both more effective in a pleasant working environment.

I’m now working on research on autonomous vehicles, as an intern at NASA. My Fly Your Ideas experience certainly helped me get this position – in fact, it was a real talking point at the interview.”


AIRBUS FLY YOUR IDEAS AT ICAS 2014

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia on 16 September 2014, at a special event as part of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) 2014 congress.

More than 100 people attended, including students and faculty from 6 Russian universities. The international audience responded enthusiastically to the delegation from Airbus, who presented a short history of Airbus in Russia, as well as news from the A320neo production line at the Engineering Centre of Airbus in Russia (ECAR).

AIRBUS FLY YOUR IDEAS AT ICAS 2014

AIRBUS FLY YOUR IDEAS AT ICAS 2014

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 touched down in St. Petersburg, Russia on 16 September 2014, at a special event as part of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) 2014 congress.

More than 100 people attended, including students and faculty from 6 Russian universities. The international audience responded enthusiastically to the delegation from Airbus, who presented a short history of Airbus in Russia, as well as news from the A320neo production line at the Engineering Centre of Airbus in Russia (ECAR). Next, it was the turn of the Fly Your Ideas 2013 finalists Team Flybrid to present their experience of the competition, what they learned and their plans for the future. A networking session gave audience members a chance to find out more about how to participate in the competition and exchange with the many Airbus staff present.

As if the chance to innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation wasn’t exciting enough, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering Charles Champion also introduced onlookers to Let’s Connect. This new platform enables the Fly Your Ideas community to connect online via the Fly Your Ideas website, share ideas and meet potential team members from around the world. With many of the student attendees signing up immediately, it looks like this development for the 2015 competition is going to be a great asset for student innovators around the world.

The deadline for team creation is 24 November 2014 – have you signed up yet?


LET’S CONNECT – YOUR NEW PLATFORM!

You wanted it, so we built it!

Introducing Let’s Connect. This is a new platform for the Airbus Fly Your Ideas community to network, connect and share their interest in innovation, as well as the future of aviation.

Register on Let’s Connect to share experiences during each stage of the biennial competition, and connect with fellow aviation and innovation enthusiasts during each edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas and beyond.

LET’S CONNECT – YOUR NEW PLATFORM!

LET’S CONNECT – YOUR NEW PLATFORM!

You wanted it, so we built it!

Introducing Let’s Connect. This is a new platform for the Airbus Fly Your Ideas community to network, connect and share their interest in innovation, as well as the future of aviation.

Register on Let’s Connect to share experiences during each stage of the biennial competition, and connect with fellow aviation and innovation enthusiasts during each edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas and beyond.

We strongly encourage teams to be as diverse as possible because we know that diverse teams will generate better ideas. On Let’s Connect, you can meet people from around the globe and may even find the right person to complete your team.

Maybe you’re a team of engineers in Oslo working on a new lightweight material, or an American bi-coastal team of information scientists developing a more efficient cargo system? There could be a product designer in Cape Town or an architect in Shanghai that shares your passion – with Let’s Connect you can now form a new global team!

Sign up for Let’s Connect today, and you can:

  • Find team members in your university, country or anywhere in the world, then register a team for Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 before November 24 2014
  • Exchange ideas, offer suggestions and find inspiration for your proposal from Fly Your Ideas alumni, current participants and other supporters
  • Share your thoughts on how to solve the trickiest problems, suggest a new approach to help generate an idea, and develop new ideas together
  • Share and absorb interesting information from the industry and the latest research
  • Connect and engage with people from around the world who share your passion for innovation
  • Get tips, advice and the inside track from previous participants

Don’t forget that before you can submit your idea for Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015, you need to register your team here. A full team requires 3-5 members, and you will need an Academic Mentor on board too. Once registered, you can read the briefing documents available only in the team space, and can submit your Round 1 questionnaire up to 12:00GMT on December 1 2014. 

So register now to find more team members, see how others are approaching the challenge and network with other Fly Your Ideas enthusiasts. What are you waiting for? - Let’s Connect now!


FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015 ROUND 1- OUR TIPS

With Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 now open for submissions, we have compiled the ultimate list of Dos and Don’ts for teams completing their Round 1 questionnaire. Keep this advice in mind, and make your entry stand out!

Fly Your Ideas 2015 Round 1- Our Tips

With Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 now open for submissions, we have compiled the ultimate list of Dos and Don’ts for teams completing their Round 1 questionnaire. Keep this advice in mind, and make your entry stand out!


DO

  • Make sure that you have registered your team by 12 noon GMT on Monday 24 November 2014 at the very latest. You need between 3 and 5 members and an Academic Mentor.
  • Once you have registered, log in and then take the time to read the Round 1 Brief.
  • Clearly identify the problem that you are trying to solve. Does your idea directly address one or more of the 6 Fly Your Ideas Challenges?
  • Look for diversity within your team. Your team can consist of up to 5 members, who do not have to be from within the same discipline, university, or even from the same continent! We have now launched Let’s Connect where the global Airbus Fly Your Ideas community networks, connects and shares their interest in innovation and the future of aviation – sign up now!

DON’T

  • Submit your questionnaire without making sure that it is presented as well as possible. Get a native English speaker to proofread your proposal. Grammar and clear communication are important.
  • Over-complicate your proposal. The assessment panel are looking for evidence of both a promising idea, and a clear plan to develop it further. You don’t need to have resolved everything at this stage.
  • Attempt to submit your proposal at the very last minute. The deadline is 12:00 noon GMT on Monday 1 December 2014, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have successfully uploaded your submission before then.

Unlocking future challenges of aviation: Building Smarter Skies

When it comes to unlocking some of the greatest challenges facing the aviation industry, innovation that goes beyond the aircraft can often hold the key.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to innovation for the aviation industry. In the latest instalment of Airbus’ future-gazing programme, The Future by Airbus, the SmarterSkies project provides innovation inspiration from across the industry…

Unlocking future challenges of aviation: Building Smarter Skies

When it comes to unlocking some of the greatest challenges facing the aviation industry, innovation that goes beyond the aircraft can often hold the key.

With ever more planes in the sky and passengers demanding shorter flight times and fewer emissions, engineers are working to build solutions that ensure the sustainable future of air travel.

Innovations across the industry, such as ground operations and the use of alternative energy sources could make a big impact in the future. For example, cutting flight times by just minutes could save millions of tonnes of excess fuel and millions of hours of travel time, so imagine what could be possible when this is combined with more streamlined ground operations and sustainable fuels…

Airbus is leading the way with The Future by Airbus – a vision for a more sustainable aviation industry in 2050 and beyond.

In the latest instalment of this project – Smarter Skies – Airbus has envisioned five concepts which could be implemented across all the stages of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in the system:

  • Rapid take-off and steeper ‘eco-climb’ – to minimise noise and reduce the space needed for runways
  • Formation flight for aircraft along ‘express skyways’ – to help reduce drag and fuel consumption
  • Low-noise, free-glide approaches and landings
  • Low-emission ground operations – to move aircraft off runways faster and optimise terminal space
  • Use of sustainable biofuels and other energy sources – to power future aircraft and infrastructure

The Fly Your Ideas challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students worldwide to take a fresh look at the industry and explore innovations that may shape the future of air travel.

As the Smarter Skies programme highlights, there are endless possibilities when it comes to innovation for the aviation industry that may go beyond modifications to the aircraft itself.

So, when it comes to defining your Fly Your Ideas solutions, remember, the sky’s the limit!

Register now at http://www.airbus-fyi.com, and check out the challenges to get your ideas ready to submit from September.


KEEP UP WITH FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

Are you interested in innovating with Airbus for the future of aviation? Would you like the opportunity to apply your classroom learning to real-world problems? Or do you simply want to keep up-to-date with Fly Your Ideas?

We already know that lots of you are – and it’s great to see the various informal Fly Your Ideas groups where individuals are discussing this great global student challenge.

KEEP UP WITH FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

Are you interested in innovating with Airbus for the future of aviation? Would you like the opportunity to apply your classroom learning to real-world problems? Or do you simply want to keep up-to-date with Fly Your Ideas? We already know that lots of you are – and it’s great to see the various informal Fly Your Ideas groups where individuals are discussing this great global student challenge.

With ideas submissions invited from September 1, we know that you’ll want to stay up to date on the latest key dates, tips for success and other exclusive insights on the 2015 edition. Remember that you can find out all Fly Your Ideas news first through the Fly Your Ideas website. It’s also really easy to get the latest news and insight on the competition via all the official Fly Your Ideas online channels and resources.

Here’s a round-up of Fly Your Ideas and Airbus resources for your bookmarks list:

  • The central hub of information about Fly Your Ideas is our website, where the news section has all the latest updates
  • Our YouTube channel is where you’ll find the highlights from the recent Innovation Week, and other videos relating to the competition
  • Want to know more about Airbus? Check out the Airbus website, especially the photo and video galleries and news centre. Like the Airbus Facebook page and follow Airbus on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn for the latest news.
  • Discover the Future by Airbus project here, to see how Airbus envisions sustainable air travel meet the growing global demand for air travel in the future

And if that’s not all, we’ll soon be bringing the international Fly Your Ideas community another online destination for sharing, connecting and exchanging ideas. Our new Co-Innovation online platform will be a valuable new tool, specifically designed to facilitate and enable the exchange of ideas, to support innovation in the aviation industry. 

Diversity is a proven source of innovation, and this new platform will create the perfect environment for international Fly Your Ideas participants to find more team members, spark new ideas for potential projects and call on a global community to help develop their projects. So if you’re not already receiving our regular updates, sign up now to the Fly Your Ideas newsletter to hear about the Co-Innovation platform first!

  • Past participants - where are they now?

    Improved teamwork skills, insight into the aviation industry and a ‘great help’ with academic studies – just some of the benefits from taking part in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge, according to a recent survey of previous Fly Your Ideas participants.

Past participants – where are they now?

Improved teamwork skills, insight into the aviation industry and a valuable resource for their academic studies – just some of the benefits from taking part in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge, according to a recent survey of previous Fly Your Ideas participants. A significant 44% are still developing their Fly Your Ideas projects, showing that their ideas also have potential beyond this global student competition.

So where are these alumni now? Of those who responded to the survey, alumni now in employment are predominantly working in the aerospace and defense sector, although they are also represented across an impressive 14 other industries. This shows the broad appeal of a challenge that builds up universally applicable employability skills with 73% stating that taking part in the challenge had benefited their job-seeking activity. One respondent noted that mentioning Fly Your Ideas was “a great help as it gave me confidence to answer challenging questions during my interview.” Another commented that “I was talking about our Airbus Fly Your Ideas entry at a forum where my future boss was, and she was impressed with the effort and the thinking we put into the project, and offered me a job shortly after.”

Overall, 50% of alumni are still studying, with a high degree of PhD and Masters students especially represented amongst 2009 and 2011 participants. 80% cite the competition as being a “great help“ in their studies, and working for an international company is now an objective for the majority.

There’s no doubt that progressing through the increasingly challenging stages of the competition is a bonding experience, with 80% interested in joining a Fly Your Ideas online networking group – stay tuned for news about an exciting new co-innovation online community for past, future and current Fly Your Ideas participants, coming soon! Finally, would Fly Your Ideas alumni recommend taking part to other students? A resounding 94% overall say yes – and with idea submissions starting 1 September, there’s still plenty of time for teams to get ready to go all the way in Fly Your Ideas 2015!

Fly Your Ideas for PhD students – The Inside Track

If you’re a PhD student, you’ve probably already identified Fly Your Ideas 2015 as a great opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to the real-world challenges of the sustainable aviation industry of the future. You may have already registered, and be brainstorming ideas with fellow students.


Fly Your Ideas for PhD students – The Inside Track

Fly Your Ideas for PhD students – The Inside Track

If you’re a PhD student, you’ve probably already identified Fly Your Ideas 2015 as a great opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to the real-world challenges of the sustainable aviation industry of the future. You may have already registered, and be brainstorming ideas with fellow students.

Yet at this busy stage of your academic career, no doubt you are also facing a busy schedule over the coming months. We spoke to Michael Heitzmann, a member of Fly Your Ideas 2009 winning Team CoZ from the University of Queensland, Australia. He shared his insight into how he managed to successfully balance a PhD in mechanical engineering with the additional challenge of successfully competing in Fly Your Ideas.

Here’s a round-up of his insider knowledge for PhD students in Fly Your Ideas 2015:

Planning your time

  • The deadlines for the different rounds are available from the start, so you can plan ahead.  In this respect, it’s not so different to studying for a PhD, which also features well-defined goals and timings.
  • You’ll spend most of your time on the second round if you get through to that stage – the first round is not very time consuming.
  • It’s great training for future academics (or any job) – you’ll be writing proposals, formulating complex ideas in a concise manner, and working in a team. And dedicating some work without the certainty of a win is very typical of what it’s like applying for government grants, for example.

Forming a team

  • Look for other motivated people.
  • Choose people you know well, or believe you can work well with.
  • 3-5 members is a good size.
  • Combining people with different skill sets is really important – don’t just look for people who think like you.

Has Fly Your Ideas benefited your career?

  • Taking part in Fly Your Ideas has definitely helped my career. It allowed me to develop my teamwork skills, and to demonstrate knowledge in a research area unrelated to my PhD topic. As a result of this I later became the project leader of the CRC-ACS plant fibre bio-composite project.

Anything else to share?

  • PhD students are focused on theory – but there is not much point to theory without practice.
  • In particular for engineers, the practical side of the job is always very important, and typically can be difficult.  It can be a struggle to combine the two – which is why a competition like Fly Your Ideas is such a great opportunity.
  • There’s no doubt that taking part in Fly Your Ideas means taking on additional work. But no pain, no gain – or rather, no risk, no fun!

Fly Your Ideas 2015 at Farnborough

After an inspiring day in London mapping out future plans for collaboration, the members of the Airbus Group University Partnership Programme (AGUPP) from 21 universities worldwide were hosted by the Fly Your Ideas team for a day at the Farnborough International Air show.

Fly Your Ideas 2015 at Farnborough


After an inspiring day in London mapping out future plans for collaboration, the members of the Airbus Group University Partnership Programme (AGUPP) from 21 universities worldwide were hosted by the Fly Your Ideas team for a day at the Farnborough International Air show. As well as a guided tour of the Airbus A380, the programme also included flying displays from heritage and modern day aircraft such as the A400M, A380 and the Eurofighter.

The focus for this event was the “Engineer of the future”, with both university representatives and Airbus Group delegates agreeing that skills like leadership, working in international teams and the ability to innovate are just as vital as knowledge of core engineering disciplines. Delegates concluded that while universities continue to have a leading role; working with industry partners on real challenges provides the right kind of learning experience for tomorrow’s engineers to develop these skills.

No wonder then, that the presentation of Gary Wicks, Airbus Corporate Innovation, on Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 was so well received. Gary kicked off the day at Farnborough with a presentation highlighting the benefits of the global student challenge for universities and their student teams. With Fly Your Ideas, students get first-hand experience of working in real-time on innovative projects, working in intercultural, diverse teams and of course developing relationships with Airbus mentors and experts as they progress through the different stages of the competition. And, as Fly Your Ideas is open to students of all disciplines it all adds up to a great opportunity to work together to spark innovation in one of the world’s most exciting industries.

  • FLY YOUR IDEAS IN A FUTURE BY AIRBUS

    For all the aviation industry has achieved – and the pioneering steps Airbus has made in 40 years of innovation – it is the future of flight which unites and inspires us. So what will it look like? That’s what we’ve been asking passengers around the world. 

FLY YOUR IDEAS IN A FUTURE BY AIRBUS

For all the aviation industry has achieved – and the pioneering steps Airbus has made in 40 years of innovation – it is the future of flight which unites and inspires us. So what will it look like?

That’s what we’ve been asking passengers around the world in a global consultation as part of ‘The Future by Airbus’ (FbA) – our vision of sustainable aviation in 2050.

Since we launched our visionary programme in 2010 we’ve engaged more than 1.75 million people in 192 countries in a dialogue about what they want from the future of air travel. The results are clear: more sustainable; less stressful; and more of it.

FbA is all about our commitment to meeting these evolving needs and encouraging young people to learn how they can help shape that future – their future. It consists of three pillars, all underpinned by existing Research and Technology.

With (1) Future Solutions we are stretching our imagination to showcase some of the innovations in air travel that could take place by the middle of the century to meet evolving passenger trends and environmental demands.

These include a whole new way to fly, as illustrated by our revolutionary Airbus Concept Plane and radical Airbus Concept Cabin; improved air traffic management (ATM) to cut flight time, fuel burn and emissions, as seen with our Smarter Skies; and new energy sources, to better protect and preserve the environment around us.

We are also focusing on the (2) Future Planet, through initiatives to support those tackling the other 98% of manmade. CO2 emissions (aviation being responsible for 2%), such as the 17-20% from deforestation which has a huge impact on biodiversity – the rich variety of a life on earth.

Why? Because Biomimicry – biologically inspired engineering – continues to inspire solutions for greener flight; the natural environment has always been a source of inspiration for our industry, ever since Leonardo da Vinci started drawing planes and helicopters some 500 years ago. Preserving biodiversity is therefore a means of preserving the source of our own future innovation. And of course we want to inspire (3) Future Talent – the passengers and talent of 2050 – to learn how they can join us in our vision and help shape the future of eco-efficient flight.

This includes continuing to attract, nurture and retain the best talent through our global presence; by inspiring young minds through school liaison / outreach programmes; and of course by engaging university students through our global Fly Your Ideas challenge.

At Airbus, we believe that in the future more people should be able to share in the benefits of air travel, that a more connected world can also be a more sustainable world, and that the right combination of technology and talent – along with the right investment, support and cooperation – can make this happen.

Everyone taking part in Airbus Fly Your Ideas is playing their part in creating the Future by Airbus.


Biomimicry

Innovation inspiration can sometimes come from the most unlikely of places. When it comes to engineering development, the most successful innovative solutions have often come from tried and tested evolution.

Have you ever considered what the skin of a shark and advancements in aircraft aerodynamics have in common?

Biomimicry

Innovation inspiration can sometimes come from the most unlikely of places. When it comes to engineering development, the most successful innovative solutions have often come from tried and tested evolution.

Have you ever considered what the skin of a shark and advancements in aircraft aerodynamics have in common?

The answer rests in a field of scientific study that involves examining what can be extracted, learned and duplicated from the natural world.

Known as ‘biomimicry’, or biologically inspired engineering, this is the study and imitation of nature’s best ideas to help solve human challenges.

Some of the most significant and exciting aviation solutions have come from the amazing biological solutions found all around us.

Airbus leads the way in using biomimicry to inspire designs of future aircraft, taking inspiration from the grooved skin of sharks (to reduce wing drag as air passes across them), the serrated feathers of owls (to reduce aircraft noise through a retractable brush fringe) and formation flight (to save energy by using other aircraft’s slipstream).

Some innovations, such as ‘the lotus effect’ which helps surfaces shed water and dirt, are already in use throughout Airbus cabin lavatories and are expected to be found on the fabric of seats and carpets in the future.


Biomimicry gives just one example of where innovation inspiration may be found. With so much to be learnt from nature, many opportunities are still waiting to be discovered.

When thinking about your Fly Your Ideas entry, remember that the most innovative ideas are not always completely novel, but often come from proven solutions all around us. The Fly Your Ideas challenge is a great chance for students worldwide to explore biomimicry further and to found diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and create novel solutions for better ways to fly.

Register now at http://www.airbus-fyi.com, and check out the challenges to get your ideas ready to submit from September.


FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015 LAUNCHES AROUND THE WORLD

And they’re off! Fly Your Ideas 2015 was officially launched earlier this month by Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering. Charles launched the new edition at the AIAA Aviation 2014 event in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was also joined by Fly Your Ideas 2013 finalists Team Flybrid.  

Fly Your Ideas 2015 also launched in China, just after the AIAA event. Over 200 students attended the launch at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou province.

FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015 LAUNCHES AROUND THE WORLD

FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015 LAUNCHES AROUND THE WORLD

And they’re off! Fly Your Ideas 2015 was officially launched earlier this month by Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering. Charles launched the new edition at the AIAA Aviation 2014 event in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was also joined by Fly Your Ideas 2013 finalists Team Flybrid.

It was standing room only as Charles and Team Flybrid shared their Fly Your Ideas insights with an audience of keen students, as well as aviation professionals and faculty. There was great interaction with the students, both during the live Q&A session during the event, and with other Airbus and AIAA representatives afterwards. In particular, Charles spoke of the new focus of the challenge: a unique opportunity for students to innovate with Airbus for the sustainable aviation industry of the future. He also encouraged students to work in multi-disciplinary, diverse teams, noting that at Airbus, diversity is an established driver of performance and innovation. 

As well as a chance for students to work directly with senior Airbus staff (over 380 have been involved since 2008) on real-world challenges, this global student competition is also a great learning experience for those taking part. As teams progress through each round, they develop employability skills including teamwork, presentation and problem-solving abilities.

Fly Your Ideas 2015 also launched in China, just after the AIAA event. Over 200 students attended the launch at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou province. The new edition has been gaining around the world, with lots of articles and press coverage from 21 countries on the subject of Fly Your Ideas 2015.

Registration is now open for interested students, who can start their journey towards becoming Fly Your Ideas 2015 winners here!


FLY YOUR IDEAS IN A FUTURE BY AIRBUS

The Future by Airbus is our vision of sustainable air travel in 2050. We’ve talked to over 1.75 million people in 192 countries about what they want from the future of aviation. And the answer is clear. We all want to fly and we want to fly more, but not at any cost.


FLY YOUR IDEAS IN A FUTURE BY AIRBUS

When it comes to innovation and exploring ideas that will shape our future, there’s no area more exciting than aviation. The Future by Airbus is our vision of sustainable air travel in 2050. We’ve talked to over 1.75 million people in 192 countries about what they want from the future of aviation. And the answer is clear. We all want to fly and we want to fly more, but not at any cost.

Our vision of how air transport will look in the future covers aircraft design, from the Airbus Concept Plane to the Airbus Concept Cabin. There’s also improved aircraft operations both on the ground and in the air, including Air Traffic Management (ATM) -our Smarter Skies vision.

At Airbus, we are constantly searching for more sustainable solutions to address future needs, in a world where more of us will be flying than ever before.

Get inspired and find out more about Future by Airbus here.



Aviation 2014 @Atlanta, 16-20 June

AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Aviation 2014 takes place in Atlanta, USA from 16 - 20 June and is addressing the theme “Aviation’s Global Promise – Challenges & Opportunities”.

AVIATION 2014 is built on the foundation of AVIATION 2013 to stimulate thought-provoking conversations among industry leaders and the engineering and technical professionals that develop and operate aviation systems.

Find more here about Aviation 2014


Aviation 2014 @Atlanta, 16-20 June

Fly Your Ideas with Airbus

Will you be in Atlanta at AVIATION 2014 with the AIAA? Join us there to find out more about Airbus’ global student challenge, network and enjoy lunch with Airbus representatives. Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenges students world-wide to develop innovative ideas for a sustainable aviation industry, with the chance to win €30,000 and shape the future of aviation. 

The event is free of charge, you do not need to register for the conference to attend, but you must register in advance for the lunch.


Fly Your Ideas with Airbus

Will you be in Atlanta at AVIATION 2014 with the AIAA? Join us there to find out more about Airbus’ global student challenge, network and enjoy lunch with Airbus representatives. Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenges students world-wide to develop innovative ideas for a sustainable aviation industry, with the chance to win €30,000 and shape the future of aviation.

During this interactive event, Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and patron of the competition will be joined by previous Fly Your Ideas Finalists to share their insights and answer your questions. 

The event is free of charge, you do not need to register for the conference to attend, but you must register in advance for the lunch.

More about Aviation 2014 here


Innovation: A Key Skill?

What does Airbus look for in new graduates? Innovation? Employability skills? Rachel Schroeder, Airbus and Airbus Group Head of Employment Marketing shared her insights about how students can develop their skills through real-life initiatives like Fly Your Ideas. Rachel presented these insights to a range of students and faculty at the International Forum of Leading Aerospace Universities conference at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

Students around the world have the chance to develop their innovation, creativity and employability skills in the 2015 Edition of Fly Your Ideas, soon to launch. Don't miss out! https://airbus-fyi.com/about


Innovation: A Key Skill?

Airbus launches Innovation Week at the University of Sao Paulo

Winning team recognition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas contest 2013

Airbus, in collaboration with UNESCO, will host a series of interactive workshops and activities at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. The Airbus Innovation Week has been designed to lift the lid on the innovation process and provide practical guidance to students and faculty on innovating within big industries.

Airbus launches Innovation Week at the University of Sao Paulo

Skills based experience helps graduates stand out from the crowd

In today’s competitive job market, projects such as the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge provide students with the perfect opportunity to get to know a potential employer, gain a better understanding of potential career paths and develop valuable skills to help them stand out from the crowd.

Click on 'Read More' to find out what people working at Airbus had to say about the benefits of developing these transferable skills.

Skills based experience helps graduates stand out from the crowd

Skills based experience helps graduates stand out from the crowd

In today’s competitive job market, projects such as the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge provide students with the perfect opportunity to get to know a potential employer, gain a better understanding of potential career paths and develop valuable skills to help them stand out from the crowd.

Here, three people working at Airbus in different entry level programmes talk about the benefits of developing these transferable skills.


Anna Radeva, Airbus Group Graduate Development Scheme, PROGRESS

My job: “Identity. Freedom. Innovation.” 

As a Business Law graduate, for Anna, an open-mind and proactive attitude is vital to ensure that you seize and make the most of any potential opportunities. Showing that you are a team player is also invaluable – “we do appreciate knowledge and skills, but when these are combined with adaptability and team-play, you bring so much more to the company”.  

From her own experience of taking part in a work placement prior to becoming part of the Airbus Employment team, Anna recommends getting involved in “initiatives like Fly Your Ideas which allow you to get to know Airbus better and really demonstrate your skills, participate in working groups and student organisations. Finally, be curious – learning is a consistent part of each career path.” 



Keltoum Ahmadi, Intern, Airbus Employment Marketing

My job: “Fascinating. Challenging. Team-work.”

For Keltoum, team-work is the most important skill in her current role and one that employers are looking for. She says: “Working at the headquarters of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer means being part of a high-performance team where every day you exchange ideas and expertise with colleagues from different countries and nationalities, disciplines and backgrounds. Nowadays, companies need to recruit graduates who are innovative, pragmatic and able to be team players in multi-national teams.” 

Projects that clearly show team-work in practice really draw the attention of potential employers. “Participating in a programme such as Fly Your Ideas helps students to strengthen their project management, critical thinking and communication skills. 

Thanks to this kind of programme students work in groups and build a team spirit while they are working on revolutionary projects.” 


Benjamin Dayde, Airbus Apprentice Scheme, Airbus Employment Marketing  

My job: “Social Media. Universities. Mobility” 

Part of the Airbus apprentice scheme, Benjamin says that he has the perfect opportunity to develop within an exciting environment, combining theory and on-the-job training. 

For Benjamin, the key for recent graduates is to show their ability to think outsid e of the box. “I would definitely recommend students to develop such skills through professional experiences like internships, apprenticeships or graduate programmes. Beyond that, a challenge like Fly Your Ideas is excellent training to improve such skills. The competition itself is based on innovation and allows the participants to express themselves and share their view of what the future of air travel could be. But it also brings people from different countries and backgrounds together to work on a project which is another ability strongly sought-after in a professional environment.”


Find out what finalists from Fly Your Ideas had to say about their experience in the competition:

Finalist testimonials:

Team Coz:http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/190?back=Site.about

Team Solaire:http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/191?back=Site.about

Team Ecolution: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/192?back=Site.about

Team Msia: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/193?back=Site.about

Team SSE: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/194?back=Site.about

Team Wings of Phoenix: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/195?back=Site.about


To find out more about employment within Airbus, visit: www.airbus.com/work

  • Live at UNESCO Youth Forum

    Lauren O’Neill, Airbus Fly Your Ideas Project Manager and Ben Dayde from Airbus Employment Marketing joined the UNESCO Youth Forum on 29 October 2013.

Live at UNESCO Youth Forum

Lauren O’Neill, Airbus Fly Your Ideas Project Manager and Ben Dayde from Airbus Employment Marketing joined the UNESCO Youth Forum this week at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Forum’s theme was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”. Lauren and Ben presented Fly Your Ideas to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, as well as to hundreds of young people from around the world.

Benjamin Lindenberger, member of the winning team from Fly Your Ideas 2009 and now Airbus Technical Assistant, Materials & Processes, shared his experience from Fly Your Ideas during a “15 Minutes of Fame” session. These sessions are designed to inspire delegates at the Youth Forum with stories from innovative and successful young people from around the world, in many different fields.

Follow the Airbus activity at this exciting international event on Airbus Twitter.

Find out more about UNESCO Youth Forum here

Live at UNESCO Youth Forum

Team Levar go global

The winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013, Team Levar, together with their professor Dr. Fausto L. Mascia, are at the 9th Global Student Forum and at the World Engineering Education Forum this week in Cartagena, Colombia. These events are unique in gathering organisations, academics and students dedicated to improving engineering education for students worldwide.

Team Levar go global

Team Levar go global

The winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013, Team Levar, together with their professor Dr. Fausto L. Mascia, are at the 9th Global Student Forum and at the World Engineering Education Forum this week in Cartagena, Colombia. 

These events are unique in gathering organisations, academics and students dedicated to improving engineering education for students worldwide.

The University of Sao Paulo students aim to inspire the delegates with their innovative idea and share their unique Fly Your Ideas experience of working with Airbus Mentors and Experts all the way through to the Final. 

Team Levar’s design background provides a new perspective on innovating for sustainability and they will host an exhibition for one day to explain their approach.

Find out more about the two events:

Global Student Forum

World Engineering Education Forum


Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final

June 10th to the 14th 2013 was inspiring and action packed for the Fly Your Ideas finalists. From visiting the Airbus and UNESCO headquarters to meeting Airbus Group executives, the students have had an amazing experience!

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    The finalists arrive in Toulouse and meet their Fly Your Ideas hosts.

  • Day 2

    Day 2

    Meeting Airbus engineers, visiting the A400M and getting ready for the final.

  • Day 3

    Day 3

    Everything happens around the A380 Final Assembly Line in the build up to the big event.

  • Day 4

    Day 4

    The day starts with an Innovation workshop in Toulouse, and ends with dinner in Paris.

  • Day 5

    Day 5

    Participants and guests gather at UNESCO for the result of Fly Your Ideas 2013.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final - Day 1

Finalists arrive in Toulouse and meet their Fly Your Ideas hosts for a welcome reception and briefing on the action packed week ahead.


Team Levar arriving at the airport in Toulouse Airbus hosts greet the students at the welcome reception


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Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final - Day 2

The teams meet Airbus engineers, visit the A400M and perfect their presentations for the final. This is followed by a first dinner together with the Airbus Mentors in the centre of Toulouse. Having worked together at a distance for several months, everyone is delighted to be able to meet in person at last.

Students visiting the A400M military aircraft Team Embarker visiting the A400M
Team Flybrid visiting the A400M
Team Levar visiting the A400M
Team CLiMA visiting the A400M
Team AVAS and their Airbus hosts visiting the A400M


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Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final - Day 3

Preparations continue with a dry run for each team, and coaching from some of the Airbus Experts who supported during the competition. The teams and mentors go on to visit the A380 Final Assembly Line, an amazing venue for the evening. Then it’s time for the big event with each team delivering their Presentation to the Fly Your Ideas Jury and over 100 Airbus staff. After that, time to relax and enjoy the reception while the Jury convene to make a very difficult decision.

Students visit the Final Assembly Line of the A380
Everyone together in the A380 FAL Symposium, just before the presentations
Team AVAS – now relaxed following their presentation
Team CLiMA just outside the Auditorium
Team Embarker – still smiling after their final presentations
Team Flybrid show off their team spirit
Team Levar – they look confident but nothing has been decided yet!


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Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final - Day 4

Fun, relaxation and a new look at innovation are the plan for today, starting with an Innovation workshop with Gregor Dirks, Airbus Innovation Cell Chief Innovator and Gary Wicks, Airbus Innovation Cell Manager. The teams then get to visit the Airbus mock-up center and enjoy lunch with a surprise visit from Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer of Airbus Group.

Tore Prang and some of the Finalists at the Airbus mock-up center
Team Flybrid outside Airbus Headquarters
Teams visiting the Airbus mock-up center
Lunch with Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer of Airbus Group


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Airbus Fly Your Ideas Final - Day 5

Our finalists enjoy watching the A350 first flight from Paris, then take a boat trip on the Seine to relax before the evening. At 15h the teams and distinguished guests gather at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris where Gretchen Kalonji (Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO) gives a warm welcome. Charles Champion (Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, Fly Your Ideas Patron) and Lidia Brito (Director for Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Science Sector, UNESCO) announce the results of Fly Your Ideas 2013 followed by an exclusive reception overlooking the Eiffel Tower, where the teams and their mentors all celebrate what they have achieved. Well done to all the finalists and especially to winners Team Levar and runners up Team CLiMA.

Levar, the Fly Your Ideas 2013 winners, with Lidia Brito and Gretchen Kalonji
CLiMA, the runners up of Fly Your Ideas 2013
Team AVAS with Lidia Brito, Gretchen Kalonji and Charles Champion
Team Embarker with Charles Champion, Gretchen Kalonji and Lidia Brito
Team Flybrid with Gretchen Kalonji, Lidia Brito and Charles Champion


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  • And the winner is...

    ... a team of students from the University of São Paulo, Brazil who have claimed the top prize of €30,000 as winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 for their air powered baggage handling concept. 

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

Air powered baggage handling concept claims top prize

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 Airbus Group Pavillon.

  • Fly Your Ideas Best Video Announced

    After a lively contest, Team Alma from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, has triumphed as the Fly Your Ideas 2013 Video Competition champions.