Fly Your Ideas student competition to focus on six sustainable industry themes

Airbus’ third biennial Fly Your Ideas global student competition has set its focus on six key challenges for a sustainable aviation industry in the 21st century, which range from energy conservation initiatives to management of traffic growth.

10 August 2012 Feature story

For this latest challenge – which will consist of three- to five-member teams working on innovative ideas – the registration deadline has been set for 30 November, with the final judging in June 2013.

In the energy theme, student teams are encouraged to investigate methods to reduce energy consumption, identify sustainable renewable fuel sources or increase source harvesting; while the efficiency topic asks for new ways to make an aircraft more eco-friendly through weight reduction, enhanced aerodynamics or maintenance and reliability improvements. 

The affordable growth subject asks for strategies to lower manufacturing, materials, equipment, operations or disposal costs; whereas new concepts to improve the management of aircraft missions, air traffic control or ground operations are requested in the traffic growth focus. 

Students are being asked to create new concepts for future jetliner cabins, integrated transport systems or improved airport operations in the passenger experience challenge; and the community friendliness topic seeks airport innovations which reduce noise levels or improve air quality to allow for better co-existence with local residents. 

Ideas which are not covered by the six objectives but support a more eco-efficient aviation industry also are welcomed in the competition. 

Fly Your Ideas is part of the “Talent” pillar in the Future by Airbus programme – a vision of air travel in 2050, and is backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

The challenge is open to college students from any academic discipline, and consists of new ideas proposed for a greener aviation industry – which are judged during three progressively challenging rounds by a panel of Airbus and industry experts.  The winning team will share a prize of €30,000, and the runner-up team receives €15,000.