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Idea Competition

Carleton Aerospace Engineering Team Advances to the Second Round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition

Ottawa - The Carleton University team Flyboys has advanced to the second round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition. The team of four is made up of undergraduate aerospace engineering students Mohamed Shabaan, Moustafa Abdelfattah Sohdy, Ahmed Shabaan and Abdelrahman Awad.

"We chose to participate in the Airbus competition to find innovative approaches to overcoming aviation challenges,” said Shabaan. “Our main goal is to improve the passenger experience throughout the journey."

Their project involves an automated smart system that uses biometrics for check-in/checkout instead of conventional boarding documents. At a variety of locations in the airport, leading on-flight and on-ground passenger informing and entertainment systems (LOOPIES) kiosks will include a fingerprint scan that displays a passenger’s flight number, scheduled time of departure, the time remaining before takeoff and their terminal and gate of departure. A 3D map will also be available to guide the passenger to the appropriate gate.

In addition, a smart in-flight entertainment system is being developed. The system includes unique features such as an autonomous food delivery system and a lavatory availability indicator. LOOPIES in baggage claim areas will inform passengers when their bags left the plane and their estimated time to arrive on the belt. The system will save time and money, while enhancing the passenger experience.

Flyboys join 100 teams chosen from over 500 from around the world to work with Airbus experts to develop their innovative ideas. The teams are comprised of 413 students, representing 48 nationalities.

Each of the teams has been paired with an Airbus mentor and an Airbus expert to help take their ideas further over 100 days. Just the top five teams will make it to the final and present their ideas at a live event at Airbus facilities in May 2015. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize; the runner up team gets €15,000.

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