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.”
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!”