Fly Your Ideas Challenges 2015

We want students to propose ideas that correspond to six key challenges for aviation in the 21st Century.

Find out more about the six areas we have identified by clicking on each challenge on the right


  • Energy

    Energy

    The cost of powering aircraft with jet fuel, the current source of aviation energy will rise as...

  • Efficiency

    Efficiency

    Driving down the real costs (monetary and environmental) of aviation will be achieved by...

  • Affordable Growth

    Affordable Growth

    We’ll need more aircraft to meet this extra demand and replace existing aircraft, with an...

  • Traffic Growth

    Traffic Growth

    Since the 1980s the number of flights has more than doubled allowing more people around the world to...

  • Passenger Experience

    Passenger Experience

    Passengers want safety and efficiency with comfort and entertainment on board - but the...

  • Community Friendliness

    Community Friendliness

    As airports have grown, so too have the communities around them, benefiting from the...

Energy

The cost of powering those aircraft with jet fuel, the current source of aviation energy, will rise as reserves reduce. Fuel is currently 25% or more of an airline’s operating cost and we can now fly almost twice as far on each kilo of fuel than 40 years ago. However, we’re now flying ten times further than we were in the ‘70s.

Energy

Efficiency

Driving down the real costs (monetary and environmental) of aviation will be achieved by continuing to improve the efficiency of new aircraft, make better use of resources and improve business performance all round.


Efficiency

Affordable Growth

We’ll need more aircraft to meet this extra demand and replace existing aircraft, with an operating life of 20 to 30 years, with more fuel efficient variants. This means affordable growth is essential - by lowering the cost of manufacturing and increasing reliability and efficiency of passenger aircraft.

Affordable Growth

Traffic Growth

Since the 1980s the number of flights has more than doubled, allowing more people around the world to enjoy the benefits of air transport. People want to fly and people want to fly more. As economies grow and people get wealthier, we predict that traffic growth will continue to double in the next 15 years, making the skies extremely busy and taking airports to maximum capacity.


Traffic Growth

Passenger Experience

Passengers want safety and efficiency with comfort and entertainment on board - but the passenger experience begins before you fly. On short haul flights, the time spent on check-in and boarding alone can frustratingly take longer than the flight itself, and this doesn’t include and time spent on baggage management.

Passenger Experience

Community Friendliness

As airports have grown, so too have the communities around them.  They benefit from the jobs and commerce that are drawn to airports, but at times also suffer from increases to airport operations. Reducing noise, air pollution and local traffic congestion means community friendliness has to be considered, especially as capacity around the world increases.

Community Friendliness
  • 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY

    Today, over 1,000 commercial airlines operate more than 15,000 airliners, carrying 3.1bn people and 51.7m tonnes of freight every year. An Airbus aircraft takes off or lands every two seconds.

21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY

Today, over 1,000 commercial airlines operate more than 15,000 airliners, carrying 3.1bn people and 51.7m tonnes of freight every year. An Airbus aircraft takes off or lands every two seconds.

But despite the rising costs of resources, flying is now 60% cheaper in real terms (for passengers and freight) than it was in the 1970s. More and more of us are now enjoying the benefits of a smaller world in comfort. Aircraft are lighter, quieter and more efficient than ever.

Amazing isn’t it - so why change a thing?

Let’s take a glimpse into the future as we see it where growth, efficiency and people will be at the heart of a thriving aviation industry. For Fly Your Ideas 2015 we have set out six key challenges that we want to focus on with you, to help reach this vision of the future!

Take a look, then put your team together to innovate for the future of aviation. And do check back in over the next few weeks, as we’ll be sharing some insights from industry leaders on the issues at stake, as well as the state of the art technology associated with each challenge.

Over to you…