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Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

25 Mar 2015

12 noon GMT on 30 March is a big deadline for Round 2 team hoping for a place in the Fly Your Ideas 2015 final. By this time, our teams need to have submitted their video, plus a report of no more than 5000 words and up to 4 appendices.

With only 5 places available in Round 3, don’t limit your chances of impressing Airbus assessors by making easily avoidable mistakes. For example, it’s vital that the title of your project is exactly the same as your original Round 1 proposal, that your report is no more than 5000 words and that you submit your report in PDF format.


Reach out to the world through Social Media

Reach out to the world through Social Media

18 Mar 2015

Through their Teamlines, our 100 Round 2 teams are sharing the progress of their projects with the world via Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Let’s Connect. It’s a great way for teams to keep the international Fly Your Ideas community up to date on their ideas and the highs and lows of working together too.

Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

11 Mar 2015

Meet Vijay Kothari! He was team leader of Team Bucephalus from the Fly Your Ideas 2013 edition. Team Bucephalus made it to Round 2 of the challenge.

“As team leader, I learnt a lot about effective communication, being a team player and about dedication to a project. The most important thing I learnt was to complete tasks on time with no compromise in the quality of the work. Throughout the competition we had continued support from our Airbus Mentor and Expert and this really taught me and my team to interact effectively and efficiently.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

09 Mar 2015

On International Women’s Day we decided to mark the occasion by catching up with Team Bolleboos. They’re one of the two all-female teams in Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 along with Team CU Airpower from Cornell University, USA. Team Bolleboos are all doctoral students at City University London and hail from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

05 Mar 2015

There is less than 1 month to go to the Round 2 deadline for our 100 Fly Your Ideas teams. As part of their submission, teams are working on a short video. They must produce a video of up to two minutes in length, this video will introduce their project and their team.

So what makes a great team video? Fly Your Ideas 2011’s Guiomar Rayón Durán was part of Team Ecolution, who took home the 2011 Video Prize. She says that, “A good video can sell a good idea. More and more we tend to choose with our eyes. Being able to sell an idea in less than 2 minutes is key, in today’s fast paced business world.”


AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AT AVALON 2015

AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AT AVALON 2015

27 Feb 2015

Five Australian teams have made it through to Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015. They’re from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and they’re all attending the Australian International Airshow, Avalon 2015

The Airshow runs until the 1 March, and students from Teams Ivy, AIRS, Aerofloat, Aeroheat and Aeroweave are taking this opportunity to soak up some real inspiration for their ideas at this major event.


The best experience of my life!

The best experience of my life!

24 Feb 2015

Meet Nicole Batarce from Team Condor, Fly Your Ideas 2011 runners up! Here’s her account of progressing through the challenge, and her advice for Round 2 teams.

“Team Condor is from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile. Our idea was an alternative design of speed brake. When an aircraft takes off or lands, a lot of energy is lost. Our ‘Energy Recovery Speed Brake’ sits behind the speed brake, with blades that rotate with the airflow and generate energy“.

Fly Your Ideas: Key Support From Airbus Employees

Fly Your Ideas: Key Support From Airbus Employees

13 Feb 2015

You already know that Fly Your Ideas is a global student competition, where students who are passionate about the future of aviation are invited to develop their ideas and innovate with Airbus.  But what sets the competition apart from other major industry-sponsored challenges is the unique opportunity for students to work closely with Airbus Mentors, Experts and Assessors. 

Introducing Teamline of the Week (TOTW)

Introducing Teamline of the Week (TOTW)

06 Feb 2015

Teamlines are the go to personal spaces for teams to post photos, videos, text and links related to their Ideas and to show their progression throughout the competition. With Teamlines, our 100 Round 2 teams can also engage with Fly Your Ideas supporters who share their interest and passion for the aviation industry. And they’re the perfect way for teams to share their work and their involvement in the competition with the rest of the world by linking to their Teamlines via Social Media!

Think visual to boost your ideas

Think visual to boost your ideas

16 Jan 2015

One of the most important skills for an innovator is the ability to help other people understand your idea. Perhaps you can already imagine the fully realised concept - but all you have so far is the seed of something great. The next step is to convince everyone else of your idea’s unique potential.

Luckily, there’s a simple way to win your audience over. It’s called sketching, or by another name, visual thinking.

Fuelling the Future of Aviation

Fuelling the Future of Aviation

09 Jan 2015

The Energy Challenge is one of the great paradoxes of aviation. Whilst air travel is much more efficient than it was 40 years ago (we can now fly almost twice as far on each kilo of fuel), we are now flying 10 times more than in the 1970s, so our overall consumption has increased.

Airbus selects the 100 teams for Round Two of the Fly Your Ideas global student challenge

Airbus selects the 100 teams for Round Two of the Fly Your Ideas global student challenge

08 Jan 2015

Strong showing from Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas

After a thorough evaluation process by over 50 Airbus experts and innovators judging more than 500 ideas, Airbus has selected the 100 teams that have made it into Round Two of the fourth edition of the global student competition Fly Your Ideas organised in partnership with UNESCO.

Keeping comfortable in the cabin of the future

Keeping comfortable in the cabin of the future

22 Dec 2014

Comfort has always been a major design consideration in aviation. It’s a vital part of the Passenger Experience. Travellers are becoming increasingly discerning, often researching  seat position and width prior to booking long-haul flights. They are also prepared to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for more comfort in economy class.

Building flight-friendly communities

Building flight-friendly communities

16 Dec 2014

With today's travellers wanting to travel by air more frequently and in greater numbers, our airports are rapidly reaching capacity. Some are investing into expanding their operations to accommodate additional flights and passengers. But for many airports, particularly in high density areas, expansion is not an option.

More flights equals more noise around airports, so increasing the number of flights has a large impact on residents living close to airports. Finding ways to reduce noise is an important challenge for the aviation industry, along with other related issues like reducing local air pollution and traffic congestion.

Top Tips from Airbus Wing Innovations Expert

Top Tips from Airbus Wing Innovations Expert

09 Dec 2014

As teams now look to progress to Round 2, we spoke to past team mentor, Airbus Structural Engineer and ‘Wing Integrator’, Stuart King, on his top tips for how to succeed as the competition begins to hot-up.


Taking on the Community Friendliness Challenge – Team AVAS

Taking on the Community Friendliness Challenge – Team AVAS

05 Dec 2014

Fly Your Ideas 2013 finalists Team AVAS share their experience of the competition and how it has benefited them both personally and with their studies.


Avoiding traffic jams – keeping the aviation industry growing

Avoiding traffic jams – keeping the aviation industry growing

28 Nov 2014

Traffic Growth in aviation is threatening to overwhelm airport and flight capacities, with more passengers wanting to travel than ever before and only limited space to build new airports or expand existing ones.

Growing the Future of Aviation - Affordably

Growing the Future of Aviation - Affordably

27 Nov 2014

The aviation industry is growing faster than ever before, as more people around the world are reaching income levels that enable them to fly.

The Affordable Growth challenge addresses this important issue. With the aim of meeting the increasing pressures of a growing passenger market, Airbus is already searching for innovative ways to lower the cost of manufacturing whilst at the same time increasing reliability and efficiency of passenger aircraft.


Ask the Experts: Making Your Entry Fly

Ask the Experts: Making Your Entry Fly

26 Nov 2014

To help offer you and your team some extra inspiration, we’ve got the top tips from two of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas assessors on what they’re looking for, and how teams can get the most out of the competition…

Get the inside line from Mary Frost, Senior Expert, Fuel & Inerting Systems and Fly Your Ideas assessor since 2009, and Denis Descheemaeker, Systems Design Office and another Fly Your Ideas assessor, on what makes a stand-out entry.

“The Best Experience of Our Lives!”

“The Best Experience of Our Lives!”

20 Nov 2014

Biswajit Dey was Team Leader of Bhardwaja Corona in Fly Your Ideas 2013. Their idea addressed the ‘Affordable Growth’ challenge by designing a prototype for the world’s lightest aircraft seat, with natural composite of bamboo, banana, jute and a modified epoxy resin air cushioning system. Here’s his account of how the competition helped with career choices, personal development and new skills.

UNESCO – Airbus Fly Your Ideas Partnership

UNESCO – Airbus Fly Your Ideas Partnership

18 Nov 2014

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (­UNESCO) ­ is the only international organisation with a specific mandate for science and engineering. Sharing Airbus’ ambition to inspire young people about sustainable innovation and engineering, UNESCO granted patronage to Fly Your Ideas in 2012.

News Flash – New Registration Deadline

News Flash – New Registration Deadline

13 Nov 2014

We’re pleased to announce that we have extended the deadline for registering teams for Fly Your Ideas 2015. You can now register a team until 12:00 noon GMT on 1 December 2014, so you’ve got an extra week to get your team together and make your proposal as good as possible.

Top tips from Airbus Cabin Innovation Expert

Top tips from Airbus Cabin Innovation Expert

10 Nov 2014

Nicolas Tschechne is part of the Trend Research & Market Intelligence team, Cabin Innovation & Concepts at Airbus. Here’s his insight into how students should tackle their entries for Fly Your Ideas 2015.

The Passenger’s View of the Future of Flight

The Passenger’s View of the Future of Flight

04 Nov 2014

Passenger growth from around the world means that there is an increasingly socially, culturally, and ethnically diverse pool of customers, each with unique needs. Addressing the Passenger Experience challenge in this growing and changing market is one of the most significant factors that we must address when it comes to innovation for future flight.

Fly Your Ideas: From the classroom to the real world

Fly Your Ideas: From the classroom to the real world

31 Oct 2014

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.

Improving Efficiency

Improving Efficiency

28 Oct 2014

With more and more people looking to fly than ever before, the Efficiency Challenge is one of the most important issues facing engineers today and in the coming years. Solutions for future flight must meet passenger and market demands, ensuring that flights are affordable for passengers, profitable for airlines and respectful of the environment.

Improving efficiency means finding ways of streamlining all aspects of an aircraft’s operation. From the choice of fuel to improving ground operations, even small changes can make a big impact year-on-year in the global aviation industry.

Team Levar perspective on Fly Your Ideas

Team Levar perspective on Fly Your Ideas

24 Oct 2014

Here last year’s winners, Team Levar tell us about their experiences with the Fly Your Ideas challenges.

Defining the Passenger Experience of the Future

Defining the Passenger Experience of the Future

22 Oct 2014

When it comes to innovating for the future of aviation, the Passenger Experience Challenge is one of the most important factors to consider. Passenger growth from around the world means that there is an increasingly socially, culturally, and ethnically diverse pool of customers, each with unique needs.

Improving Passenger Experience means reimagining every aspect of a passenger’s journey. From the time spent at check-in, baggage management or security procedures to the entertainment on board, every detail counts and every passenger is different.

The Inside Track: Sudip Bhattarai

The Inside Track: Sudip Bhattarai

17 Oct 2014

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.”

An Insight on Passenger Comfort from Airbus' Kevin Keniston

An Insight on Passenger Comfort from Airbus' Kevin Keniston

16 Oct 2014

Fly Your Ideas is all about harnessing the power of innovation and inspiring students around the world to engage with the work we do constantly at Airbus – looking for better ways to fly.

Here, we speak to people at the heart of innovation at Airbus, to give you some insight into life at Airbus and what innovation really means in the world of work. Head of Passenger Comfort Kevin Keniston tells us why innovation for him is “the right idea at the right time”.

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