An Airbus concept plane. Image credit Airbus.

Airbus receives over 500 ideas for student challenge

Round one of Airbus’ global competition Fly Your Ideas has attracted worldwide entries on how the next generation will tackle the future challenges of aviation.

Over 50 Airbus staff are now reviewing the 500+ ideas submitted. Their mission is to select the 100 teams who merit a place in the second round of the competition. Whether selected for the next round or not, the assessor will give feedback to every team on their submission.

“We passionately debate and review each idea,” says Ian Lane, Airbus Senior Expert and Fly Your Ideas assessor. “It is an absolute privilege and inspiration to see such imaginative, unrestrained thinking from the student teams.

“As aviation professionals, we have insight into which developments are already in the pipeline, so the idea has to be genuinely new. It could be something very simple, used in a new context or combined with an element in a way we haven’t seen before.”

Past winners have come from Brazil, Australia and China. Topics have included a ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft during take-off and landing, use of a pioneering natural fibre composite - made from castor plants - in aircraft cabins and a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables.

The 100 selected teams will be announced in January 2015. Just five teams will make it to the live final in June, where they will present their ideas to a panel of industry experts in the hope of winning the top prize of €30,000.

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