Bombardier Sets Centenary Challenge Of Flight For Future Pioneers

Bombardier Aerospace today launched its Flight Experience Centenary Competition challenging Northern Ireland school pupils to design and build their own self-propelled model aircraft. Lucky winners will be flown to the Farnborough International Airshow in July for the ultimate day out.

The Flight Experience Centenary Challenge is part of the company’s calendar of events to celebrate 100 years of pioneering achievement in aviation.  Linked to Bombardier’s educational outreach programme, the competition aims to help young people understand the science of flight and to encourage them to develop their ideas about the future of aerospace.  Over the next few weeks, Bombardier's Education Officer, Tony Monaghan, together with some of the company’s engineers and young apprentices, will be visiting local schools to advise teams on designing and assembling their model airplanes, and encouraging them to use recyclable materials in their construction.

The competition’s Grand Final will take place in W5 at the Odyssey Complex, Belfast, on May 29, 2008.

Launching the competition, Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, said: “The Flight Experience Centenary Challenge is just one of a range of educational initiatives we have in place to help young people understand the scientific principles of flight.  We are hoping they will draw inspiration from a century rich in aviation heritage.

“The judges will be looking for innovation and creativity in aircraft design, in a bid to promote engineers for tomorrow’s aerospace industry.  The environment and sustainability will be key themes at this year’s international airshow in Farnborough.  So we particularly want pupils to think about how they can demonstrate their green credentials by making their aircraft environmentally friendly. We have been very impressed with pupils’ designs in recent years, and look forward to seeing what entrants submit for our centenary challenge.”

The competition is open to all schools within four categories: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4/5 and Special Schools. Each team must consist of two pupils and schools can enter as many teams as they wish.

Competition entries will be judged on their design, use of materials, the distance the model aircraft can fly, and their overall decoration, with extra points awarded for use of recyclable materials.

The winners of each category and their teachers will be flown to the world renowned Farnborough Airshow in July as guests of Bombardier. Their schools will also each receive £1,000.

To register for the 2008 competition, please contact Tony Monaghan on 028 9046 2339. More information about the competition is available on the website:

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