Bombardier Sets Flight Challenge For Future Young High Flyers

Bombardier Aerospace today launched a competition challenging Northern Ireland school pupils to let their imagination take flight by designing and building their own self-propelled model airplane from everyday household items.  The lucky winners will find themselves on a VIP trip to the Paris International Air Show in June.

The annual Flight Experience Challenge is linked to the company’s educational outreach programme, which is aimed at helping young people understand the science of flight, as well as encouraging them to develop their ideas about the future of aerospace.

Bombardier's Education Officer, Tony Monaghan, along with some of the company’s engineers and young apprentices, will be visiting local schools to advise teams on designing and assembling their model aircraft, 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 30th, 2007. 

Launching the competition, Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast, said: “The Flight Experience Challenge is part of a range of educational initiatives we have in place to help young people understand the scientific principles of flight, and to encourage them to develop ideas for the future of flight.

“Through this challenge, we are looking for innovation and creativity in aircraft design, in a bid to promote engineers for tomorrow’s aerospace industry.  We particularly want pupils to think about how their aircraft could be ‘greener by design’ and more environmentally friendly.   We have been very impressed with the designs that have been developed over the past few years of the competition, and look forward to seeing what the pupils produce this year.” 

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 along with their teachers will be flown to the world-renowned Paris Air Show in June as guests of Bombardier.  Their schools will also each receive £1000. 

To register for the 2007 competition, please contact Tony Monaghan on 028 9046 2339.  More information about the competition is available on the website .

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For information:

Helen Gregory
Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast
+ 44 (028) 9046 2463