Fly Your Ideas competition

Airbus inspires the next generation to innovate for the future of aviation

Airbus is challenging students to develop innovative ideas for aviation’s future with the fourth edition of its global competition: Fly Your Ideas 2015.

Fly Your Ideas is a biennial contest which provides a unique opportunity for students to work together in diverse teams to stretch their imaginations and consider how to reinvent the norms associated with air travel – from incremental changes to completely reconsidering  the aircraft industry as we know it today.

The biennial competition – supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – enables students to put their classroom learning and research to the test, working on real-world challenges to explore ground-breaking new concepts and solutions. This contest offers students an exceptional learning opportunity by working with a team of aviation professionals to apply their creativity for a chance of winning €30,000 and a week behind the scenes at Airbus. 

Fly Your Ideas demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the future of aviation. As a part of its Future by Airbus programme – a vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond – Fly Your Ideas provides a platform to engage and interact with young talent from around the globe. 

The competition

Fly Your Ideas is open to students of any nationality or discipline – from engineering to marketing; science to design – enabling them to develop skills for a wide range of future careers. The competition involves three increasingly competitive rounds leading to the final. 

The teams, composed of 3-5 students each, are supported by an academic mentor from one of the team member’s institutions for the first round, in which they pitch their innovative idea addressing key challenges for aviation.

Round One of the 2015 competition attracted more than 500 worldwide entries, from which 100 teams were selected to continue on to Round Two. During this second phase, each team is assigned an Airbus mentor from volunteers across the company, as well as an Airbus expert to provide support as they develop their ideas into a detailed project. The 100 teams are comprised of 413 students representing 48 different nationalities.

Five teams will subsequently be chosen for Round 3. These finalists are to deliver a presentation during a live final to be judged by a panel of Airbus and industry experts – with the top team winning €30,000, and €15,000 going to the runner-up.

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Past editions

The inaugural Fly Your Ideas challenge culminated in 2009, attracted a total of more than 2,350 students. The multinational Team COz from the University of Queensland in Australia won this edition with their project to apply a natural fibre composite made from castor plants in aircraft cabins. 

In 2011, Team Wings of Phoenix from China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics earned top honours among 2,620 students for suggesting a ground-based wind power generation system derived from aircraft wakes. 

For the competition’s third edition, more than 600 teams, consisting of more than 2,500 students submitted ideas for Fly Your Ideas 2013, which focussed on solutions to six challenges facing the aviation industry identified by Airbus: energy, efficiency, affordable growth, traffic growth, passenger experience and community friendliness.  Team Levar from the University of São Paulo in Brazil won with an innovative idea for loading and unloading luggage from aircraft using an air cushion – similar to the concept of an air hockey table game.


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