OPEN YOUR MIND. EXPAND OUR HORIZONS

At Airbus, we’re constantly looking for new, better ways to fly and that’s what Fly Your Ideas is all about. The competition is open to teams of 3 to 5 students from around the world, currently studying for a Bachelors, Masters or PhD in any academic discipline. Start putting together your team for Fly Your Ideas 2015, and get ready to submit your proposal from this September. There are 3 progressively challenging rounds, then the final in June 2015 when the top selected teams will present their ideas to a panel of Airbus and industry experts. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000 and the runners up will share €15,000.

Fly Your Ideas 2015

Find out more information about the global competition and how you can get involved here

  • WHO

    WHO

    Fly Your Ideas is for teams of 3 to 5 students


  • HOW

    HOW

    Get ready for 3 progressively challenging rounds leading to a live final

  • WHEN

    WHEN

    Don’t miss the deadlines to register and complete each Round

  • WHY

    WHY

    An unmissable chance to innovate with Airbus!


Who



Fly Your Ideas is open to teams of 3 to 5 students of any nationality or discipline. You can create a team with friends on campus, or with other like-minded students from anywhere in the world.

Our experience – and the research backs it up - shows us that diversity is a driver of innovation and performance, so to enter our challenge, we encourage students to work in teams that are as diverse as possible. Every winning team since the competition was launched in 2008 has mixed nationalities, genders, profiles or disciplines.

In particular, we encourage you to include students from different disciplines in your teams, from engineering to marketing, science to design.

To qualify, each participant must be studying for a Bachelors, Masters or PhD level qualification and must be a registered student at a recognized degree-awarding institution until 30 April 2015.

We cannot accept participants who are currently employed (i.e. are not registered students), or students who are on an Airbus or Airbus Group funded internship, scholarship, apprenticeship or other work experience programme.

Family members of Airbus or Airbus Group employees can enter the competition, but will be required to state any such relationship at the time of registration.

Not sure if you can participate? Ask us for more information here .


TERMS AND CONDITIONS



HOW - INNOVATION AND TEAMWORK

Pitch your idea:

When the competition opens in September - and once your team is fully registered - we will send you a detailed brief and access to a short online questionnaire to complete. You will also need to find an Academic Mentor to support your team during the competition.

In Round 1, we want you to tell us about your idea. You should address one of the 6 challenges, either focusing on one challenge, or across several. You’ll need to describe the key features of your idea, the benefits and how you would progress your idea if you were successful in reaching Round 2.

Develop your project:

In Round 2, up to 100 teams from all around world will be selected to work with an Airbus Mentor and an Airbus Expert to develop their idea into a detailed project. This will involve submitting a report of up to 5,000 words in English, along with any associated charts, diagrams or other relevant appendices. You’ll also have to create a short video.

Present your work:

5 teams will be selected for Round 3. They will develop their projects into detailed presentation for the live final in June 2015. A panel of Airbus and industry experts will judge each presentation and select the winner and runners-up.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS


WHEN - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

Make sure you make a note of the deadlines for each stage!

  • Registration from June 17 2014 to end November 2014
  • Round 1 - September 2014 to December 2014
  • Round 2 - January 2015 to April 2015
  • Round 3 - May 2015
  • Final presentation and awards in June 2015

Why Get Involved

BE PART OF THE FUTURE OF AVIATION

“I learned that one idea alone may not be so brilliant, but a pool of ideas can lead to genius” Chen Yahui, Team Solaire Voyager, National University of Singapore and Fly Your Ideas finalist 2009.

Fly Your Ideas 2015 is Airbus’ invitation to students worldwide to be part of the sustainable aviation industry of the future. It’s also a chance to apply your classroom learning to real-world challenges, broaden your horizons within a diverse team and even take home a cash prize to be shared equally among all team members.

Enter Fly Your Ideas, and you can:

-  Get mentoring from Airbus staff and feedback from assessors on your proposal

-  Benefit from working with a diverse team – the ideal environment to foster and develop innovative ideas

-  Receive guidance from an Airbus expert at key stages of the competition

-  Enhance your creativity and real-world innovation know-how

-  Get information and insight on the aviation industry, and what Airbus is working on

-  Take the chance to improve your employability skills: develop your project management, presentation techniques and teamwork abilities



The story so far

11,000 students from 600 universities in over 100 countries worldwide so far! Fly Your Ideas has caught the imagination of the global student audience since its inception in 2008. Here’s a snapshot of the competition, teams and ideas to date:


  • Fly Your Ideas 2009

    Fly Your Ideas 2009

    2350 students take part in the inaugural Fly Your Ideas competition

  • Fly Your Ideas 2011

    Fly Your Ideas 2011

    2,620 students from 75 countries with 84 teams making it to Round 2

  • Fly Your Ideas 2013

    Fly Your Ideas 2013

    UNESCO comes on board with patronage of Fly Your Ideas 2013

Fly Your Ideas 2009

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 energy consumption. 


Fly Your Ideas 2011

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.


Fly Your Ideas 2013

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.

Highlights from Airbus Innovation Week 2014

We came, we saw, we innovated…  The first ever Airbus Innovation Week at University of São Paulo in March 2014 was a great success.  If you want next year’s event to come to your university, sign up now for updates about Fly Your Ideas 2015. 

Highlights from Airbus Innovation Week 2014

We came, we saw, we innovated…  The first ever Airbus Innovation Week at University of São Paulo in March 2014 was a great success.  If you want next year’s event to come to your university, sign up now for updates about Fly Your Ideas 2015. 

You can still watch highlights from the week, or review all the action and events here. Get a taste of what happened when Airbus Innovators Gregor Dirks and Gary Wicks talked about how innovation and technology are creating the aircraft of the future, and how game-changing ideas are brought to life in big companies. 

Fly Your Ideas Stories

Read stories from previous Fly Your Ideas finalists and get their tips on what it takes to make a winning team.

  • Team CoZ

    Team CoZ

    The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Team Solaire Voyager

    Team Solaire Voyager

    The National University of Singapore

  • Team Ecolution

    Team Ecolution

    Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain

  • Team Msia on Mars

    Team Msia on Mars

    University Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology, Malaysia

  • Team SSE

    Team SSE

    Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

  • Team Wings of Pheonix

    Team Wings of Pheonix

    Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Team Coz, the University of Queensland, Australia

Multinational team CoZ from the University of Queensland, Australia, was awarded the winning prize in June 2009. Their project focused on the use of a pioneering natural fibre composite made from castor plants for use in aircraft cabins.


Alex Ching-Tai NG

The thing I enjoyed the most was working with my team to develop something from scratch, and seeing our idea become a real product, with potential to be applied to the industry.

After we identified our project, the timing was the first challenge as we needed to complete the project in a short time frame, which included sourcing the Castor plant, harvesting the plants, turning the plant into fibre, manufacturing the bio-based fibre composite panels and then finally testing their engineering properties!

Our idea became an on-going project between the university and Airbus.

My advice for students taking part in Fly Your Ideas would be not to underestimate yourself. If you have a great idea, you can make it a reality through the competition. The engineers at Airbus are good at identifying the best ideas and the mentoring staff are there to help you


 



Team Solaire Voyager, the National University of Singapore

Team Solaire Voyager from the National University of Singapore claimed the runner-up prize in 2009 for their proposal to use solar cell technology integrating photovoltaic cells in aircraft to generate electricity. 


 

Chen Yahui

I thought that Fly Your Ideas would be a good opportunity to apply what I had learned and see how ideas can be achieved in real life. In my case, I didn't form a team within my university - as a single applicant, the organiser found me some teammates.

Above all, I learned that one idea alone may not be so brilliant, but a pool of ideas can lead to genius.

Fly Your Ideas is a good opportunity for students to broaden their minds and for interacting with others. In the future, my plan is to continue my research in Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)


In this video Team Solaire Voyager explain their concept

Team Ecolution, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain

Team Ecolution were the Fly Your Ideas 2011 video prize winner for the effective and well-presented visual demonstration of the implementation of low-weight natural fibre composites in aircraft cargo containers.



Francisco

I really enjoyed working with other people and being able to learn so much from them. The most challenging part was testing our design with the simulation software ANSYS. We had a lot of issues and the results were far from what we expected. Finally we found the problem, but this was tough.

The most important thing that I learned is that if you believe that you can achieve a goal and you work hard for it, you will eventually achieve it. This same thinking helped me through many situations, such as my final year project and my degree exam.

What would I say to students taking part in Fly Your Ideas now? Don't think twice and participate! It will be a great experience for you, a chance to work with professionals and an opportunity to develop your teamwork skills. You'll enjoy it for sure!





Guiomar

I enjoyed the excitement of passing the different phases and being able to get in touch with Airbus and experts in the field.

The most challenging part was deciding on the idea we were going to develop. We had lots of ideas since the very beginning and we thought they were all really good. Finally, we decided to commit to the idea that we thought had the most potential for development.

The most unexpected thing that we learned was realising that we didn't know so much about the field we were researching, in comparison to what we thought we knew. There are always so many things to learn from colleagues, professors and experts... Not only technical skills, but personal skills too.

After my participation in Fly Your Ideas I got a one-year internship at Airbus Getafe in Spain. I enjoyed the experience so much that I am now preparing to start a Volunteer International Experience at Airbus Hamburg in Germany next year. This experience has opened more possibilities for my working life.

Team Msia on Mars, University Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology, Malaysia

The Fly Your Ideas 2011 finalist team, selected for their idea to use biodegradable materials from Kapok tree fibres for aircraft thermal and acoustic insulation blankets used for aircraft cabins.



Wan Nor Hami Bin Wan Isa

I really enjoyed the second round of the competition because we needed to produce a short video of our project. The most memorable experience for me was when we qualified for the final round and I visited Paris for the first time in my life.

The experience that I gained from Fly Your Ideas has been very useful for my studies as it has helped me a lot in terms of managing my final year project. I applied all the knowledge that I had gained from the competition to complete my research project.

For students taking part in this competition now I would say that this is a real chance to challenge yourself… and do something for the environment.


See behind the scenes at the Fly Your Ideas final in the 2009 and 2011 highlights

Team SSE, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

A team of business and management students made it to the Fly Your Ideas Final in 2011 for the first time. Team SSE was chosen for their formulation of an ECO points scheme to promote environmentally-friendly flying. 

                                                                                                                            

Oleg Soldatov

I was a first year student of the MSc in General Management at the Stockholm School of Economics when I got involved in Fly Your Ideas. I have always been passionate about public transportation, particularly aviation. Finding teammates among the pool of ambitious students at the Stockholm School of Economics was not a problem and it was the teamwork and the challenge of presenting our idea to high-level executives that I enjoyed the most.

The final presentation was my most memorable experience. The importance of delegating was the most unexpected thing I learned from this experience. In any project of this scale, a team cannot be efficient unless its members do their bit according to their specialization.

After taking part in the final presentation I became much better at delivering presentations to high-profile audiences. Moreover, after working in a diverse team (we had a Swede, an American, a Chinese and a Zimbabwean on board, while I am Ukrainian), I learned a lot about intercultural group dynamics.


Watch the 2011 Finalists montage

Team Wings of Phoenix, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

The Fly Your Ideas 2011 winning team for their suggestion of a ground-based wind power generation system derived from aircraft wakes.

  

Xianmei Wu (Eva)

I love aeronautics so Fly Your Ideas seemed like it was a perfect opportunity for me to both strengthen my English skills and gain a better understanding of the field I love.

My most memorable experience was when my teammates and I got to stand on the platform and present our project to Airbus' panel of experts. It was amazing. I felt so honored and proud.

I learned from this experience that someone who seizes an opportunity and gives it their all can achieve things they would never expect.

Taking part in Fly Your Ideas has helped me in other aspects of my career enormously. Firstly, I had the precious opportunity of having an internship at Airbus, which is extremely beneficial for future development. Secondly, the competition has enabled me to study for my master's degree in Transportation Engineering






Lijun Pan

Each member of the team was gifted in a different field. For example Xuesong Liu is an expert in 3D rendering and Eva speaks good English. The most memorable part of the competition for me was being able to visit Paris and show our presentation to so many important judges. And of course to have won!

The most enjoyable part of Fly Your Ideas was just before we made our presentation. My heart was racing away, but when we began I immediately felt better.

The hardest part of the competition for me was the English. In the Q&A we didn't understand what the Jury were saying very well; how I wished we could have had an interpreter! It taught me however how important English is a tool, especially on an international stage.

I found the entire experience to be very valuable. For example it has been useful in my studies, as my participation allowed me to be exempt from the entrance exam for graduate college. Also, the presentation before so many important judges has also made me a lot more confident.

 






Xinyuan Zheng

I decided to participate because I wanted to challenge myself and improve my abilities. We created our team from among five close friends who were all interested in the competition.

The experience of the whole process was very enjoyable as we really used our abilities and skills in all sorts of ways. That's where my greatest sense of achievement truly came from. There were times when we seemed to be faced with major problems, but somehow we always managed to solve them.


See the moment Wings of Phoenix found out they had won in 2011