Congratulations to our Fly Your Ideas 2017 winners, Team DEALead

Team DAELead from The University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong are the winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas They take the €30,000 first prize with their effective design for a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passenger’s feet. The runners up are Team Aquarius from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), in Australia, who won €15,000 for their radical concept which turns a military A400M aircraft into a tool to stop rapid wildfire.

Follow the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Facebook page to catch up on the 2017 competition and for the latest competition news.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a worldwide competition challenging students from all disciplines to develop new ideas and innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation.

Genuine industry challenges, linked to the commercial aircraft industry identified by Airbus, provide real and concrete aviation problems for students to solve. Students are asked to test, prototype and visualise their ideas to create genuine solutions.

Students involved in the competition have the opportunity to join online communities to exchange with Airbus experts and mentors, academics and students worldwide, mirroring the online digital environment of the education sector today.

Following the 3 progressively challenging rounds, a live final takes place, when the 5 finalist teams present their ideas to a distinguished international jury panel of Airbus and industry experts.

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5 teams were selected for Round 3 following a rigorous evaluation process. These teams competed at the live final event at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, where Team DAELead were ultimately named the 2017 winners. The 5 finalist teams were:

Sky Vision, University of Surrey, United Kingdom; for a radical concept that turns a commercial airliner into an ‘Earth Observation Device’.

Team Nevada, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; for an airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms to significantly improve aircraft traffic at airports and thus reduce emissions.

PassEx, Institut d'Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse, France; for a revolutionary boarding system that uses a real-time mobile app to assign boarding status to passengers according to their luggage size.

Aquarius, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; for a fire-fighting solution for a network of Airbus A400M aircraft, to create a system of aerial firefighting platforms that can be used for rapid wildfire suppression.

DAELead, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; for a clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passenger’s feet.

The top 5 teams selected for the final stage of the competition were invited to spend time at Airbus’ inhouse innovation facility, ProtoSpace in Toulouse, France.

This was an opportunity for teams to develop their ideas, working alongside top Airbus aerospace innovators and experts, with access to state-of-the-art tools and technology. During their ProtoSpace experience, the 5 finalist teams created an advanced prototype or detailed visualisation of their idea. They presented this to a distinguished international jury at the live Fly Your Ideas 2017 final event.

Miss out on the chance to watch our 5 finalist team present? Watch it all on the Facebook live replay.

Catch up on the action as we announced our 2017 Airbus Fly Your Ideas winners at the Award Ceremony here.

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Registration and Launch


You can now register for the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2017 competition.

World Youth Skills Day


Skills development is a primary means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work. In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. The goal is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and under employment.

International Youth Day


In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Round 1 starts


Register and create a team, then access the Airbus Experts Online Communities.  Each team must submit the Round 1 questionnaire, detailing their idea, including its origin, potential benefits and how it could be further developed.

SEFI Annual Conference 2016


SEFI Annual Conferences has been organised in different parts of Europe and represents an opportunity for the members of SEFI and all those interested by or involved in engineering education and research to exchange views and opinions, to establish new contacts with peers and other stakeholders. This year edition is taking place in Tampere, Finland starting with 12 September.

6th AEEA Conference 2016

African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) is to promote excellent quality education in various engineering disciplines in Africa and to bridge the North-South divide.

ICAS 2016 – 3OTH Congress


The 30th edition of ICAS is taking place in Daejon, South Korea, between 25-30 September. ICAS is an organization with the mission to advance knowledge and facilitate collaboration in aeronautics. It organizes every two years an International Congress covering all aspects of aeronautical science and technology and their application to both military and civil aviation.

International Aviation Women’s Association’s Conference


The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) is an international organization for women who hold executive positions across the entire spectrum of the aviation and aerospace industry. This year conference will happen on 19-21 October in Montreal, Canada.

WEEF/GEDC 2016 Conference


The WEEF & GEDC 2016 will focus on current engineering education as well as the future engineering and engineers being related to smart society. The main topics include curriculum innovation, quality assurance, engineering for society and in society, creative and multidisciplinary learning, novel manufacturing technology attributes of future engineering and engineers and others. This edition will take place in Seoul, South Korea between 6-10 November.

Round 1 ends


Round 1 has now ended. Stay tuned to find out whether your team has been selected for Round 2!

Round 2 starts


Round 2 will begin in January 2017. Up to 50 teams will be selected. All teams must develop and submit a basic prototype, a visual to illustrate their project and a written document including relevant appendices such as charts or calculations. An Airbus Mentor and Airbus Experts will support teams' progress.

Women and Girls in Science Day


In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

International Women's Day


International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Round 2 ends


Round 2 will end in March 2017. 5 teams will be selected for the final stage of the competition.

Round 3 starts

In Round 3, 5 finalist teams must prepare a presentation, including an advanced prototype or visualisation, for a Jury of Airbus and industry experts.  The teams' Airbus Mentors and their Academic Mentors will continue to work closely to support them.

Video competition starts


Round 2 teams are invited to present their idea in a short, creative video to win the special Video Competition prize.

Video competition ends


The winners of the Video Competition will be announced in May 2017.

Round 3 ends and Final event

The final event will include a live presentation from the 5 finalist teams, as well as an Award Ceremony, following the Jury’s selection of the Fly Your Ideas 2017 winning team and the runners up.


Students were invited to propose ideas that respond to five key challenges the aviation industry faces in the 21st century.

Business Models

What else could be done with aircraft other than transportation?

Flight Operations

How can big data be used to improve efficiency of flight operations?

Passenger Experience

How can new processes or layouts ease passenger boarding and disembarking, whilst increasing capacity for luggage?

Design Engineering

How can artificial intelligence support aircraft design and/or manufacturing? 


How can manufacturing be disruptively improved to reduce waste and ensure the sustainability of resources?


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