Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Flying Start Challenge

Inspiring engineers of the future

Welcome to Flying Start Challenge

Flying Start Challenge is a STEM competition for local schools in the South West of England. This year the challenge is being run and sponsored by six aerospace engineering companies: Airbus, Atkins, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and Safran Landing Systems. 

The challenge is designed to allow students to develop their knowledge of flight and get some hands on engineering experience; gaining a top level understanding of an engineering design and build process. We aim to provide an opportunity for pupils to build on their soft skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving, whilst also having fun!

The aim is for teams composed of four students to design, build and test a model glider that they will present at their regional Fly-Off, where each team will have the chance to fly their glider against schools from the same region. Teams will be judged on various criteria such as the distance flown, innovative design, use of recycled materials and more which will be detailed in a poster presentation. Winning teams from each regional Fly-Off get the chance to compete at the Grand Final. 

 

COVID-19 Update:

Due to the unforeseen circumstances regarding the national lockdown, the committee adapted the way in which Flying Start Challenge was delivered this year. We distributed several activities to several schools, the activities therein can be completed on a flexible basis. 

Due to the restructuring of the way in which the FSC was run this year, our main competition was entered by students remotely. We ran a poster and glider competition where many different prizes were up for grabs. Check out the page, it can be found under the media tab. We now have all the results and prizes will be distributed shortly. Once this is done a page will be released for all to see the results.

We hope you enjoyed the activity packs provided! They can still be found under the media tab.

Details for how the competition will be ran for the 2021/22 period will be announced before the end of the year. We are hoping the competition will be able to return to its usual format and that we can once again hold Regional finals and the Grand final.

A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE 2019/20 REGIONAL FINALS!

CLICK HERE to see the winners of the Bristol, Yeovil and Gloucester 2019/20 Regional Finals!

Airbus

Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Over 10,000 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers worldwide and more than 6,500 of these have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies.

Atkins

Atkins is the largest multidisciplinary engineering consultancy in Europe, and provides skills and solutions to a wide variety of clients. Atkins Aerospace business has offices throughout the world and specialises in delivering tailored solutions to its clients, with a strong focus on innovation and programme management.

Leonardo

Leonardo employs around 7,000 people throughout the UK, 67% of whom hold highly skilled positions. It is one of the largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates in the UK, with some 415 people on undergraduate, graduate and apprentice training programmes. The company’s apprenticeship programme was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

MBDA

MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. It is a multi-national company made up of over 10,000 employees working across the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the US. It is also the first truly integrated European defence company.

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. It is the second largest provider of defence aero engines in the world. Rolls-Royce is well established in the marine sector where it designs vessels and integrates power systems. It has a growing presence in civil nuclear power, drawing on its skills and experience of over 50 years in powering nuclear submarines.

Safran Landing Systems

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems, and part of the Safran international group. Company capabilities range from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. It is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 27,000 aircraft making over 54,000 landings every day. Safran group operates in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets with a global presence of more than 92,000 employees working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum – representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy – houses the largest collection of Naval aircraft in Europe, including aircraft which are the sole survivors of their kind. The museum offers visitors the chance to go on board the British prototype Concorde 002, as well as the experience of a simulated recovery on deck of a Buccaneer and the launch of a Phantom.

Industrial Cadets

The Flying Start Challenge is accredited by Industrial Cadets at Bronze Level, and upon completion of the challenge, each individual Cadet who has committed to at least 20 hours to the project receives a Bronze Level Award, and certificate and badge to reward them and highlight the skills they have achieved.