Airbus launches fourth Fly Your Ideas challenge

Airbus is challenging the next generation of students to re-invent the norms associated with air travel by launching the fourth edition of its Fly Your Ideas Challenge.

The scheme provides students with an opportunity to put their classroom learning and research into practice.

Participants will work with a team of aviation professionals on real-world challenges; an experience that will equip them in a highly competitive job market.

The competition is open to students of all nationalities and disciplines, from engineering to marketing; science to design.

Charles Champion, Airbus executive vice president, said: “Innovation is at the heart of Airbus. A strong pioneering spirit has made Airbus a leading aircraft manufacturer.

“Airbus people are driven by a restless desire to find better ways of flying, and this year’s Fly Your Ideas challenge is about delivering just that.

“Any student with a vision and drive to make their world a better place is invited to enter the competition.

“We know how to put innovation to work and we will take your ideas seriously.”

The 2014 launch follows the success of Fly Your Ideas’ previous editions, which drew entries from over 11,000 students representing over 600 universities and 100 countries.

Last year’s winner, Team Levar, is a group of five design students from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who created an innovative air hockey table-inspired air cushion solution for loading and unloading luggage aimed at reducing the workload of airport baggage handlers.

Registration for Fly Your Ideas 2015 opens in June 2014 and ideas can be submitted from this September.

Students must register as team of three to five members at www.airbus-fyi.com.

Participants will work with Airbus innovators to develop their ideas throughout the competition. The winners will receive €30,000 (approx. £24,000).