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.
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!”