the finals of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013, Martin Burston, Team CliMA member, has
finished his studies and started his career, but also has been taking to the
skies himself! He explains how he takes the
creativity skills that he developed with Team CliMA into work with him every
In 2013, Team CliMA won the runner up prize of Airbus Fly Your Ideas with an innovative idea for the development of aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG). We’ve been finding out the latest news from team member Martin Burston, including the revelation that he has been taking to the skies himself!
“Quite a bit has happened for me since
competing in the final of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. First of all, I have
continued to pursue my studies. As well as the excitement of Fly Your Ideas, in
2013 I also completed my bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the
Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, after which I began my masters
in Engineering in Aerospace and Aviation – which I’ll be finishing later this
year. In 2014, I got my first job as an Aeronautical Engineer at Mahindra
Aerospace where I’ve been working on the development of the Airvan 10, a
10-seat turboprop based on the popular Airvan 8 aircraft.”
Demonstrating his love for aviation is clearly something that Martin has taken to heart: “I’ve been undertaking flying training and am working towards my private pilot’s licence. This is something I think all aeronautical engineers should do, given the opportunity, as it provides a practical grounding as well as just being fun!”, explains Martin.
Reflecting on the experience of making it to the final stages of Airbus Fly Your Ideas, Martin believes that one skill is paramount – and it’s all about making sure that your ideas are presented in the best possible light: “My advice for future Airbus Fly Your Ideas participants is to ensure that you communicate your ideas as effectively as you can. It’s one thing to have a great idea and have the analysis to support it, but you also have to convince others that it’s worthwhile before you can implement it.” Remembering the video element of the challenge and the experience of presenting their project to the distinguished Airbus Fly Your Ideas jury, he adds that, “videos, animations and images of your concept at work are a far more effective means of communication than death by bullet points.”
So what long-term benefits has he seen, from his experience with Team CliMA? “I think participating in Airbus Fly Your Ideas was most beneficial to me because I was encouraged to entertain creative solutions to today’s problems in aviation.” He adds that, “I take this creativity into work with me every day and although sometimes the simplest solution is the best, I can always be satisfied that I have explored all of the options available to me.”
Great advice and useful insight for any student teams gearing up for the 2017 edition – coming soon!