Airbus sponsorship activities cover a wide spectrum: we promote a culture of science, support several sports teams and foster young talent in schools and universities.
Sparking interest in technology and natural sciences
Airbus supports school education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Through challenging competitions and projects, the Group aims to create a dialogue, inspire interest in technology, computer sciences and natural sciences, and convey just how fascinating aerospace can be.
Ideas take off with 'Ideenflug'
Ideenflug is a national German pupils' competition that was initiated in 2009 by Airbus. Ideenflug encourages students to let their dreams take flight, focusing on team spirit and inventive talent, on exploring and experimenting. Airbus' Ideenflug is now in its sixth season. Pupils aged 14-19 from all over Germany are participating, bringing their ideas for the future of aerospace to a national forum. The last competition finals took place in Berlin in November 2015.
Winning ideas of the Ideenflug 2015 Awards:
Rescue systems, ergonomic space suits and improved passenger experiences
“You are the ones we need for our future; Germany needs creative young talents, who are interested in technology and have bright ideas,” said Klaus-Peter Willsch, member of parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Aerospace in the German Bundestag, in his address to the participants of the Ideenflug 2015 Awards.
Improving, discovering and inventing is exactly what the winners of the Ideenflug 2015 Awards accomplished:
Luis Geissler, Niklas Muth and Ben Naumer suggested enhancements for space suits to facilitate astronauts’ work whilst in space. Meanwhile, Tobias Stängle and Torben Damm are aiming to improve passenger comfort in airplanes by spreading selective scents, such as lavender to calm stressed passengers). Both teams are members of the School of Flight study club in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, south-west Germany, and were awarded the special prizes 'Best Original Idea' and 'Best Presentation'.
The first-prize winners, Maximilian Oechsle and Alexander Waldenmaier, invented a complex reconnaissance surveillance and communication system based on UAVs, an airship and intelligent software. “Our system helps to gather quick and efficient information in critical regions or in case of natural disasters,” they explained. Maximilian and Alexander are 12th grade students at the Franziskus school in Mutlangen, near Stuttgart.
In total, 11 shortlisted teams presented their ideas on the future of aerospace to a jury of experts and 100 other pupils at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin on 6 November 2015.
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Airbus Perlan Mission II
As partner of Perlan Project, Airbus is helping push the boundaries of aerospace and discover more about climate change.
Reaching new heights
In July 2016, the Airbus Perlan Mission II will fly to 90,000 feet, higher than any other wing-borne aircraft. The unique glider will use giant mountain waves and the Polar Vortex to reach high into the stratosphere. From there it will collect data that will help to improve climate models and more accurately predict climate change and its potential solutions.
But before reaching that milestone, the Perlan project is already carrying out flight tests much closer to the earth: On Wednesday, 23 September 2015, Perlan 2 succesfully completed its first ever test flight, running a series of checks at 5,000 ft at the Redmond Airport in Redmond, Oregon.
As partner of the Perlan Project, Airbus is lending its technical expertise, as well as financial support.
“Our company is built on the shoulders of aviation pioneers who pushed the boundaries in their own times,” says Airbus CEO Tom Enders. “Hence, when we learned of the Perlan Project and its quest to soar to record heights, we knew we needed to find a way to be part of it. Partnering with the Perlan team is consistent with our core values of furthering innovation in aerospace and of inspiring the next generations of designers, manufacturers and aviators.”
Learning valuable lessons
At 90,000 feet, the Perlan 2 must be engineered to fly in less than 3% of normal air density and at temperatures of -70°C. The mission will harvest invaluable data for scientists worldwide to help update and improve existing climate models.
Partnering with the Perlan team is consistent with our core values of furthering innovation in aerospace and of inspiring the next generations of designers, manufacturers and aviators.
The Perlan glider plane will investigate the interaction between the troposphere, the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, and the layer above it, the stratosphere, as well as collecting data on the depletion of the ozone layer, which filters out harmful UV rays. The Airbus Perlan Mission II will also gain experience in very high altitude flight, an area of interest for Airbus for future aerospace applications.
Airbus Perlan Mission II goals
Discover the engineless aircraft
Learn more about the mission goals and the science behind the Airbus Perlan Mission II.
We promote sports that convey trust, teamwork and our skills
Through its commitment to formation skydiving and rugby, Airbus is promoting sports that are ideally suited to conveying such values as precision, trust, teamwork, continuity and reliability.
Perfect double for the Airbus skydiving teams
Despite difficult weather conditions during the German Championship, which took place from 1–7 September 2014 in Eisenach, Germany, the Airbus skydiving team achieved a remarkable performance. In the 8-way event, the Airbus champions – holders of the title since 2007 – once again made it to the top of the podium. In the 4-way event, the Airbus quartet also won the German Champion Title. It was a triumphant day for the four men, who, last year, fell just one point under the winning team.
The skydiving team, consisting of Christian Schäfer, Andreas Trögele, Göran Meyer, Thomas Mack, Thomas Spielvogel and Olaf Biedermann, has been sponsored by Airbus since 2000. The 4-way skydiving team also takes part in international competitions. At the last World Championships in Dubai in 2012, the amateur team achieved fourth place in the world, behind three professional teams.
Airbus skydiving team: how does the competition work?
Mankind's eternal dream of flying, which inspired Airbus’ founding fathers, is impressively fulfilled by formation skydiving. In this sport, skydivers must create various formations quickly and precisely while in free-fall. The Airbus skydiving team can complete 220 training jumps in the course of a single year and practise close to 40 different formations.
On the day of any competition, 2 hours before the jump, a jury specifies five or six formations and the order in which they are to be performed. The team then has 35 seconds in the air to execute this sequence of formations as many times as possible. In addition to their training, skydiving champions need to possess control, speed and precision.
Rugby: unique long-term partnerships
Team spirit, commitment, loyalty, determination and a taste for challenge: these values unite Airbus and the rugby clubs Stade Toulousain and Cardiff Blues.
Stade Toulousain represents the southwest region of France, with its welcoming family spirit and festive atmosphere. As the region’s largest source of employment, Airbus has been supporting the local community’s work-life balance through its sponsorship of the team since 1983.
Airbus has been the Cardiff Blues' principal sponsor since the 2008/09 season. As a leading employer in Wales, Airbus decided to join forces with one of the national sport’s most successful teams. Indeed, the Cardiff Blues are an important part of community life in the capital city and the wider region. The club plays at the Cardiff Arms Park, which is the spiritual home of Welsh rugby in the capital.
Airbus is building long-term relationships with local communities in the areas of youth development and scientific research.Read more
Promoting a culture of science
We are museums' partner for aerospace
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
The aim of the partnership between Airbus and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in France is to open up the world of aerospace for children from 6 to 12 years of age. Located at Le Bourget Airport, north of Paris, across 1,200 square metres, children have the opportunity to discover the principles of flight in both air and space as well as the technology behind them through interactive exhibits especially designed for young visitors.
All Divisions of the Airbus - Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space - have been involved in the project, and have provided the museum with real parts from existing products.
Science Museum, London
The Science Museum in London is the world’s premier museum of science and technology and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year. Through a partnership with the museum, Airbus supports and presents the achievements of innovation and technology and fosters interest in aerospace, particularly among children and students.
Furthermore, it underpins the Group's commitment to the UK and emphasises Airbus as the first port of call for aviation, space and defence in the country. Among the highlights of the partnership, ongoing since 2006, is the support of the 'Lates' (late night museum events) and special exhibitions such as '3D: Printing the Future' on display until February 2015. In this exhibition, Airbus shows how lighter, more efficient plane parts can be manufactured by 3D printing and save fuel.
Airbus is playing a leading role in developing and integrating the new aircraft technologies that will allow commercial aviation to grow without increasing emissions.
Airbus UK TechMasters Awards
We sponsor six scholarships per year, dedicated to supporting UK students reading for a Masters degree in aerospace related areas.Read more
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