Air powered baggage handling concept claims top prize
To see each finalist concept brought to life, click here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5H8-mK6DkM&feature=youtu.be ].
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PARIS, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - A team of students from the University of
São Paulo in Brazil have claimed the top prize of EUR30,000 as winners
of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won with their proposal for a
luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to
reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion
solution inspired by air hockey tables. Supported by UNESCO, Airbus Fly
Your Ideas is a biennial competition which challenges students
worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.
The winning team is comprised of Marcos Philipson, Leonardo Akamatsu,
Adriano Furtado and Caio Reis, all studying design at the University of
São Paulo, and Henrique Corazza studying at Loughborough University in
The runner-up prize of EUR15,000 went to Team CLiMA from the Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, for their proposal to
develop aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied
biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG).
This third edition of the competition saw over 600 teams from around the
world submit a proposal responding to one of six challenges set out by
Airbus for aviation in the 21st century. Over 60 Airbus assessors
evaluated the submissions for quality, environmental benefits, and for
the level of innovation demonstrated by the team.
The final was held earlier this week at the A380 Final Assembly Line in
Toulouse where just five remaining teams presented their disruptive
concepts to a prestigious jury led by Charles Champion, Airbus
Executive Vice President Engineering. Team Levar convinced the jury
with a powerful presentation which brought their idea to life.
Charles Champion said: "Team Levar's response to the competition has
been fantastic, with a truly innovative proposal for an air cushion
solution inspired by hockey tables. They have taken a really broad view
of how to improve the aviation industry as a whole, not limiting their
ideas to aircraft alone but also considering ground operations and they
are deserving winners. According to the students, passengers could
collect their luggage 30% faster, start their holidays sooner, and
luggage handlers would be put under less physical strain. This kind of
idea is fundamental in ensuring the aviation industry continues to
drive forward to a more sustainable future."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said "The diversity of these
students' ideas is a huge source of inspiration. Their talent also
serves to remind us of the urgent need to train more engineers, to
develop the skills and competences needed to translate ideas into
reality and put science into practice. This is UNESCO's ambition and
one of the objectives of this partnership with Airbus is to inspire
more innovative ideas for our future, in sustainable transportation and
In addition to the prize money the students now look forward to
welcoming experts from Airbus' innovation cell onto their campus for a
week of workshops and training later this year.
The winning team will be at the Le Bourget Paris Airshow Monday 17th
June at 15:00 in the EADS Pavillon.
For further information:
Anne Galabert - Airbus Media Relations Manager: +33 (0) 5 67 19 04 48; Email: email@example.com