The Challenge

Who is involved?

STUDENTS

SCHOOLS

COMPANIES

EARLY CAREERS

What is involved?

LEARN

Understand the fundamentals of flight

BUILD

Build and shape your own glider

TEST

Make it fly as far as you can

COMPETE

Win many different prizes

When is it taking place?

NOTE: The time line below has been shifted and altered slightly for this year. Due to restructuring of the way in which the flying start challenge will be run there may only be a single Grand Final with no Regional Finals. This will be confirmed in the coming months. Currently the virtual lessons are planned to start January 2021 and the competition(s) planned for spring 2021. 

September

Schools come back from summer holidays. Lesson planning begins.

October

Companies starting to visit schools to teach lessons and demonstrate activities. Total lesson time is 5-7.5 hrs. Gliders are designed, built and tested.  

November to January

Lesson and build sessions continue.

February

Teams compete at one of the Regional Finals for a place at the Grand Final.

March

Grand Final held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil. Twelve teams compete to win the top prizes.