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Fly your ideas - with Airbus
June 01, 2019

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial global competition, organised in partnership with UNESCO, which challenges students to innovate for the future of sustainable aviation. At Airbus, we’re constantly looking for new, better ways to fly and that’s what Fly Your Ideas is all about.

About the competition
Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a worldwide competition challenging students from all disciplines to develop new ideas and innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation.

Genuine industry challenges, linked to the commercial aircraft industry identified by Airbus, provide real and concrete aviation problems for students to solve. Students are asked to test, prototype and visualise their ideas to create genuine solutions in Round 2. These solutions can either be innovations for 'Now' or innovations for the 'Future'; inviting a cross section of ideas that are both applicable today and deliver blue sky thinking for tomorrow.

Students involved in the competition will have the opportunity to join online communities to exchange with Airbus experts and mentors, academics and students worldwide, mirroring the online digital environment of the education sector today.

How to enter
The competition is open to teams of 3 to 5 students from around the world, currently studying for a Bachelors, Masters, MBA or PhD degree in any academic discipline. There are 3 progressively challenging rounds, followed by a final, when the 5 finalist teams present their ideas to a revered jury panel of Airbus and industry experts.

Students are invited to propose ideas that respond to five key challenges the aviation industry faces in the 21st century.

Business Models - What else could be done with aircraft other than transportation?
Flight Operations - How can big data be used to improve efficiency of flight operations?
Passenger Experience - How can new processes or layouts ease passenger boarding and disembarking, whilst increasing capacity for luggage?
Design Engineering - How can artificial intelligence support aircraft design and/or manufacturing?
Manufacturing - How can manufacturing be optimised to reduce waste and ensure the sustainability of resources?