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RMIT team shortlisted for Airbus’s Fly Your Ideas challenge final

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 14, 2013

Concept of the RMIT team's biomenthan-liquid natural gas-fuelled aircraft. (Airbus)
A student team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is one of the five selected by Airbus to compete in the finals of the 2013 Fly Your Ideas global university challenge.

Joining teams from from Brazil, India, Italy and Malaysia for the final, the RMIT’s Team CLiMA will now travel to France to present its ideas to a jury of Airbus and industry experts in Toulouse on June 12. The winning team will receive a prize of €30,000 and the runners up €15,000. The winners will be announced in Paris on June 14.

This is the second time in three biennial challenges that an Australian university has made the finals, with Queensland University winning the inaugural Fly Your Ideas 2009.

Team CLiMA passed through to the final with its proposal for the development of aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably-produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG). The team is composed of Australians Katherine Grigoriou and Mark Spiteri as well as South African Martin Burston, Canadian James Herringer and the Team Leader from Malta Luke Spiteri all studying aerospace engineering at RMIT.

This year’s challenge inspired more than 6,000 students from 82 countries to register with 618 teams submitting a proposal. The proposals had to cover one of six themes identified by Airbus as key 21st century challenges for a greener aviation industry.


In addition to the main challenge, there is a competition for the best Fly Your Ideas video that the public can vote for online at www.airbus-fyi.com. The shortlisted video teams are from Australia, China, Germany, Kenya and Spain.

Fly Your Ideas is a biennial international student competition held by Airbus. The first competition was launched in October 2008 challenging teams of students from around the world to develop innovative ideas to shape the future of aviation.

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Comments (9)

  • Marie


    Very proud of our bright, exceptional young Australians who have excelled due to their diligence, passion, extremely hard work, since last year without breaks, to accomplish these worthy very deserving results…….Well done! Congratulations, a great experience for you all, you are the future of this Industry……you will shine in Paris..we will be admiring from afar!!!

  • Anna Lanigan


    Congratulations to all of you and especially James who we’ve known for ages!!!!!

  • Dane


    How is LNG a sustainable product?

  • Lesley


    Well done to you all and the family is very proud of you Martin Burston!

  • Tim



    Ff you are able to read, it says it uses “bio-LNG” that is “sustainably produced”.

  • Matt


    Well done to all at the CLIMA team!

    Good on ya spagdhatis!

  • Luke


    its not LNG… it is B i O – LNG meaning it is based from a organic material like waste

  • John & Margaret


    All the hard work and long hours is paying off. Well done Luke and the team!

  • Hamzah


    Had the pleasure of meeting these guys back in January at RMIT as well as in March at the Airshow and they are doing some awesome work – great job guys!

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