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Airbus- Fly Your Ideas 2013
Airbus- Fly Your Ideas 2013
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Luggage floating on air - Team Levar from Brazil
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Luggage floating on air - Team Levar from Brazil
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Shape shifting materials that help reduce noise - Team AVAS from India
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Shape shifting materials that help reduce noise - Team AVAS from India
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Battery-powered hybrid engines - Team Flybrid from Italy
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Battery-powered hybrid engines - Team Flybrid from Italy
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Human body heat powering cabins  - Team Embarker from Malaysia
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Human body heat powering cabins - Team Embarker from Malaysia
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Planes powered by methane gas  - Team CliMA from Australia
Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Planes powered by methane gas - Team CliMA from Australia

Airbus Competition Showcases Disruptive New Ideas for Future Aviation Industry

Fly Your Ideas student challenge highlights the importance of innovation

TOULOUSE, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Planes powered by body heat, luggage floating on a bed of air and even aircraft running on cow power (methane gas) – these are just some of the revolutionary ideas, developed by students from universities across the world, that could one day feature on the aircraft of the future.

These disruptive aviation concepts have been created for Fly Your Ideas, a global competition run by Airbus – and supported by UNESCO – designed to inspire new talent and ensure a sustainable future for the industry. The global aircraft manufacturer challenged students to develop radical eco-efficient ideas for aviation with five finalist teams selected by Airbus from a global pool of creative, engineering and design talent.

Each team will now travel to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse to compete for the €30,000 prize and present their future-gazing ideas to a panel of judges. The shortlisted concepts are:

Luggage floating on air – submitted by Team Levar from Brazil

Planes powered by cow power – submitted by Team CLiMA from Australia

Shape shifting materials that help reduce noise – submitted by Team AVAS from India

Battery-powered hybrid engines – submitted by Team Flybrid from Italy

Human body heat powering cabins – submitted by Team Embarker from Malaysia

Though the idea that cows could provide the fuel to fly you from London to New York – or that noise reduction could be achieved through shape-shifting engines – may seem far-fetched, the existence of these concepts could be not too far away at all.

Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus and Fly Your Ideas Patron, says: “These future-focused and disruptive concepts prove that engineering isn’t just about technical skills – it’s about having an innovative mindset and a creative approach. But for our industry to succeed in making aviation carbon neutral by 2020, we need a constant source of fresh and inventive ideas from the innovators of today and those of tomorrow. Our future solutions are here right now – and through projects like ‘Fly Your Ideas’, we are helping them to become a reality for the future.”

Such innovation may also be under threat from a skills gap that could be hitting the economy hard. It will see high tech companies face a shortfall of 40 million of the skilled workers needed by 2020 and beyond, with aerospace likely to suffer, along with motor and the medical equipment sectors.i

Dr Lidia Brito, Director of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO, says: “If we can’t find ways to inspire a generation of engineers with varied skills, this is going to be a principle obstacle for growth in our slowly recovering global economy. A recent UNESCO Engineering Report shows a marked shortage of engineers in many countries. Although the general number of engineering students is increasing worldwide, the proportion who enroll in engineering, as compared to other disciplines, is concernedly dropping. We need hands-on challenges like Fly Your Ideas to motivate young innovators about the potential of engineering in helping to find practical solutions to issues the world may face in the near future.”

Airbus Fly Your Ideas aims to highlight the growth opportunities available to young innovators, who could help change the world and work towards a more sustainable aviation industry, both now and in the future.

In Fly Your Ideas 2013, students not only have an Airbus mentor to support the overall direction of their project but have also been assigned an Airbus expert in their chosen field. It means valuable insight into the opportunities in an industry that today supports over 56 million jobs; 35% of world trade; and US$2.2 trillion in global GDP. The international higher education community can benefit, too, with the potential to identify opportunities for further research and development.

Fly Your Ideas is part of The Future by Airbus, the company’s vision of sustainable air travel in 2050. The winning team will be announced at an award ceremony in Paris on 14th June.

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i Source: McKinsey Global Institute, Manufacturing the Future: the next era of global growth and innovation, November 2012

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Notes to Editors

Fly Your Ideas 2013 Competition Timings

Registration: Closed 30
November 2012
Round 1, Project proposal:3 September –
7 December 2012
Round 2, Project submission:January – April 2013
Round 3, Project
presentation (development):
May – June 2013
Final, Project presentation (live):12th June 2013
Winning team announced:14th June 2013

About Airbus Fly Your Ideas

The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000; the runners-up €15,000. There are five teams in the final. The winning team will be picked by a high-profile panel of judges (details to be announced shortly).

This is the third edition of the biennial Fly Your Ideas challenge. The previous contest (2011) drew entries from more than 2,600 students representing 287 universities and 75 countries. ‘Team Wings of Phoenix’ from China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics won with their ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft during take-off and landing.

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Fly Your Ideas 2013 Finalists

Australia – Team CLiMA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Brazil – Team Levar, University of São Paulo
India – Team AVAS, SRM University

Italy – Team Flybrid, Technical University of Milan
Malaysia – Team Embarker, Universiti Putra Malaysia