15,000+ students from 600 universities in over 100 countries worldwide so far! Fly Your Ideas challenges student teams from around the world to innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation. Here’s a snapshot of the competition, teams and ideas to date:
Airbus launches Fly
Your Ideas to inspire young people about contributing to the future of a more
sustainable aviation industry, and to engage them in the search for innovative
ideas to support this vision.
Team Coz from the University of Queensland, Australia took home the winning prize in June 2009. Their project focused on the use of a pioneering natural fibre composite made from castor plants, for aircraft cabin materials.
Runners-up Team Solaire Voyager from the National University of Singapore claimed the second prize for their proposal to use solar cell technology integrating photovoltaic cells in aircraft to generate electricity.
The other finalist teams in 2009 were the ‘Big Bang Team’ from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain, who gained attention for their windowless cabin concept in a new eco-efficient aircraft design.
Team Kometa Brno from Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic developed a project on an energy recuperation system for aircraft taxiway movements using electro-motors charged during landing.
And the Stanford ADG team from Stanford
University in the USA also made the final for their proposal on inverted
V-formation flight, building on the patterns of migrating birds to reduce
And the Stanford ADG team from Stanford University in the USA also made the final for their proposal on inverted V-formation flight, building on the patterns of migrating birds to reduce energy consumption.
By 2011, Fly Your Ideas had caught the imagination of students from non-technical disciplines too. This year, 20% of entrants were studying subjects as diverse as marketing, business, management or design. 76% of competing teams were international and multidisciplinary. This reflects the diversity within Airbus too, with over 100 nationalities and 20 languages among our 61,000 employees.
Five finalist teams were selected to participate in a VIP trip to Paris in June 2011, where they presented their projects to a jury of Airbus and industry experts. The winning team was announced at the Fly Your Ideas 2011 awards ceremony at the International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget.
The Fly Your Ideas 2011 winning team was
Team Wings of Phoenix from China – Nanjing University of Aeronautics and
Astronautics. Their winning idea was based on a ground-based wind power
generation system derived from aircraft wakes.
This year’s runner up was Team Condor from Chile – Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, for their novel alternative design for an aerodynamic speed brake that would recover energy for on-board reuse. Team Condor went on to publish a book about their thrilling and enriching Fly Your Ideas experience .
Other Fly Your Ideas 2011 finalist teams were: Team O3 from India – Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, for their proposal on how to prevent aircraft icing by the use of water-repelling polymer coatings.
Team Msia on Mars from Malaysia – Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology also made it to the final selection for their idea about using biodegradable materials from Kapok tree fibres for aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation blankets used for aircraft cabins.
Team SSE from Sweden – Stockholm School of Economics qualified for the final with their formulation of an ECO points scheme to promote environmentally-friendly flying.
The Fly Your Ideas 2011 video prize winner was Team Ecolution from Spain – Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, for the effective and well-presented visual demonstration of the implementation of low weight natural fibre composites in aircraft cargo containers.
With a new focus on innovation for the future of aviation, Fly Your Ideas 2013 had the biggest impact to date, with more than double the number of teams participating in comparison to previous years.
Once again 5 teams were selected for the final – selected from tough competition amongst the 618 teams who entered the challenge. The finalists - from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Malaysia - comprised 22 students of 9 different nationalities, and a range of disciplines, once again demonstrating that diversity makes a difference when it comes to innovation and performance. They enjoyed a remarkable week behind the scenes with Airbus in Toulouse, and a VIP welcome at the UNESCO HQ in Paris.
Team Levar from the University of São Paulo, Brazil were the winners. They considered the sustainability of the people within the industry and proposed a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables.
Runners up Team Clima from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia made an impact with their proposal to develop aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG).
Other finalists included Team AVAS from SRM University, India with an idea to reduce propulsion noise thanks to jet exhaust shape modification using intelligent materials (shape memory alloys). These alloys are energized by harvested electricity generated by advanced thermoelectric materials using engine heat source.
Team Flybrid, Technical University of Milan, Italy won their place in the final with an idea for an electric/turboprop combination for hybrid propulsion in regional aircraft. This system uses batteries pre-charged on ground and not in-flight. Their success in reaching the final in 2013 inspired the team to attend the renowned AIAA conference the following year to present their ideas to the delegates there.
Team Embarker,University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia were the 5th finalists, with an idea for a self-sustaining aircraft cabin concept in which the excess body heat from seated passengers is used as an alternative source of energy to power small electronics in the cabin.The video competition proved to be even more popular with the winning team securing over 100,000 public votes.