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Team DAELead: One year on from their Fly Your Ideas victory

Sep 05, 2018
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For the second half of our interview series, we spoke to our 2017 winners Team DAELead. Stewart, Darwing, Hayden and Leo’s winning innovation is a clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passengers’ feet, utilising the space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling. Keep reading to find out about Team DAELead’s progress, one year on.

Has your idea progressed further?

”We have further developed our idea with our Capstone Design Project during our senior year in the university. We have polished the idea with more calculation in structure, material aspects and implemented a better opening mechanism. We intend to work further on the idea in the future.” Inspired by their Fly Your Ideas success, the team entered the Hult Prize, reaching the regional final in Singapore with another creative idea which utilises drones to pre-alert the traffic ahead of emergency vehicles, allowing the emergency services to reach the scene within a shorter timeframe.

Has being involved in Fly Your Ideas impacted what you are doing now?

The team agree that the competition confirmed their interest in aerospace and engineering and has allowed them to explore employment possibilities within these fields. Stewart has been accepted onto the Cadet Pilot Programme at Cathay Pacific and will begin his training in Adelaide in September. Darwing is also looking forward to flight training sponsored by a scholarship. Hayden is resuming his studies after completing a one-year internship at a local railway company, while Leo has been offered a job at Cathay Pacific as a Graduate Engineer.

What advice do you have for teams taking on Fly Your Ideas 2019?

”Think in a broader way in Round 1, [and] explore more possibilities in the six aspects. Then, try to evaluate the idea with its feasibility and impact, to polish the idea to a presentable proposal.” The team also encourage students to be open to guidance. ”Seek for suggestions and opinions from your Airbus mentor and other experts in the aviation field to make [your project] even better.”

Want to follow in Team DAELead’s footsteps and develop your own unique innovation? Register now to take on the 2019 challenge!

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