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Two 8- and 15-year-old girls win easyJet’s ‘Aircraft of the Future’ contest

Easyjet challenged the next generation of UK engineers to design their vision for the flights of the future: planes to travel across Europe powered by a sustainable energy source. And the ideas that emerged were revealing.

They included unconventional energy sources, such as hamster wheels and worms, and seats made from coconuts, one of the thickest and strongest natural fibers available.

But it was eight-year-old Cerys from Norfolk and 15-year-old Lara from Surrey who were crowned the winners of easyJet’s Aircraft of the Future contest, thanks to “inspiring” designs.

Cerys Armstrong (left), eight, of Norfolk, and Lara Wong (right), 15, of Epsom, present their zero-emission airliner designs as they are named as the winners of the EasyJet Aircraft competition. of the Future in Luton.  Airport

Cerys Armstrong (left), eight, of Norfolk, and Lara Wong (right), 15, of Epsom, present their zero-emission airliner designs as they are named as the winners of the EasyJet Aircraft competition. of the Future in Luton. Airport

Cerys’ winning design focused on battery power, with solar-powered wings and reusable passenger cups made from processed banana leaves.

Meanwhile, Lara’s design focused on using fuel cell stacks and pressurized hydrogen to generate electricity to power her airliner of the future.

Lara’s plane was also inspired by the animal kingdom, with material that replicates fish scales for the plane’s fuselage, intended to decrease the plane’s drag to improve fuel efficiency.

Cerys' winning design focused on battery power, with solar-powered wings and reusable passenger cups made from processed banana leaves.

Cerys' winning design focused on battery power, with solar-powered wings and reusable passenger cups made from processed banana leaves.

Cerys’ winning design focused on battery power, with solar-powered wings and reusable passenger cups made from processed banana leaves.

The panel evaluated all the entries on 'the quality of the design, the interpretation of the theme, creativity, innovation, practicality and, above all, how the design has considered sustainability and the environment'

The panel evaluated all the entries on 'the quality of the design, the interpretation of the theme, creativity, innovation, practicality and, above all, how the design has considered sustainability and the environment'

The panel evaluated all the entries on ‘the quality of the design, the interpretation of the theme, creativity, innovation, practicality and, above all, how the design has considered sustainability and the environment’

All design proposals were evaluated by “an esteemed panel of world-class experts in flight, sustainability, design and zero-emission technology.”

Debbie Thomas, EasyJet pilot and zero-emission aircraft modeler, was joined on the panel by easyJet Director of Sustainability Jane Ashton; Airbus’ zero-emission aircraft expert Glenn Llewellyn; Jeff Engler, CEO of Wright Electric, which is developing a zero-emission short-haul aircraft; and automotive transportation designer Frank Stephenson, best known for his iconic car designs for the Mini and Fiat 500, as well as his recent groundbreaking work on electric flying vehicle design.

The panel evaluated all the entries on “the quality of the design, the interpretation of the theme, creativity, innovation, practicality and, above all, how the design has considered sustainability and the environment”.

EasyJet First Officer and Judge Debbie Thomas, who is a zero-emission aircraft engineer and modeler, said: “We had some incredible inputs and were amazed and incredibly encouraged by the innovation we saw. Cerys and Lara have inspired us all with their winning designs; We would love for them to join easyJet as engineers one day, working on the zero-emission aircraft of the future. ‘

Lara's design focused on using fuel cell stacks and pressurized hydrogen to generate electricity to power her airliner of the future.

Lara's design focused on using fuel cell stacks and pressurized hydrogen to generate electricity to power her airliner of the future.

Lara’s design focused on using fuel cell stacks and pressurized hydrogen to generate electricity to power her airliner of the future.

Lara's plane was also inspired by the animal kingdom, with material that replicates fish scales for the plane's fuselage, intended to decrease the plane's drag to improve fuel efficiency.

Lara's plane was also inspired by the animal kingdom, with material that replicates fish scales for the plane's fuselage, intended to decrease the plane's drag to improve fuel efficiency.

Lara’s plane was also inspired by the animal kingdom, with material that replicates fish scales for the plane’s fuselage, intended to decrease the plane’s drag to improve fuel efficiency.

Frank Stephenson, designer and judge, said: “We have been impressed by the designs we have seen. Children’s imaginations are so powerful in fueling ideas and creativity. Huge congratulations to Cerys and Lara!

Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President of Airbus Zero Emission Aircraft and judge, said: “There is nothing more inspiring than seeing the next generation’s enthusiasm for more sustainable flight! I am completely impressed by the innovative ideas, from fish scales to increase laminar flow to hydrogen fuel cell-powered “bow” wings, put forward by these future aeronautical engineers. He demonstrates curiosity, creativity, and a maturity in aeronautical knowledge that is wise beyond his years. ‘

Jeff Engler, Wright Electric CEO and judge, said: “It was incredibly inspiring to see how creative children were when it came to designing the sustainable aircraft of the future. We were delighted to see the inventiveness and level of detail in some of the designs. “

Cerys and Lara have received a host of prizes that money can’t buy in the form of a 3D model and a rendering of their design, produced and signed by Frank Stephenson, as well as an experience on a full easyJet flight simulator and flights. back to anywhere in the airline’s network for the winner’s immediate family.

Cerys is shown here showing her design to Frank Stephenson, designer and competition judge.  Cerys and Lara have received a number of prizes that cannot be bought in the form of a 3D model and rendering of their design, produced and signed by Frank, as well as an experience in a complete easyJet flight simulator.

Cerys is shown here showing her design to Frank Stephenson, designer and competition judge.  Cerys and Lara have received a number of prizes that cannot be bought in the form of a 3D model and rendering of their design, produced and signed by Frank, as well as an experience in a complete easyJet flight simulator.

Cerys is shown here showing her design to Frank Stephenson, designer and competition judge. Cerys and Lara have received a number of prizes that cannot be bought in the form of a 3D model and rendering of their design, produced and signed by Frank, as well as an experience in a complete easyJet flight simulator.

Cerys and Lara with Martyna Snopek, easyJet Design Engineer and Frank Stephenson

Cerys and Lara with Martyna Snopek, easyJet Design Engineer and Frank Stephenson

Cerys and Lara with Martyna Snopek, easyJet Design Engineer and Frank Stephenson

Additionally, Lara, the winner of the high school age category, won a backstage trip to Airbus and a chance to appear on Frank Stephenson’s YouTube podcast channel to discuss her design. Finalists will also receive a signed render of their design.

Research carried out by the airline of 2,000 British children and adults revealed that more than four in five (83%) British children would like to pursue a career that would serve to find solutions to combat climate change through science or technology, with 85% of British children. parents who support their children in this.

A whopping 95 percent of children believe that learning about topics like science and technology to combat climate change is important and another 90 percent of children believe that having the opportunity to be an inventor or designer who invented things to combat climate change would be one of the most amazing jobs in the world.

Easyjet He said: “Advocating for the development of a zero-emission aircraft to decarbonize aviation has long been a focus for easyJet and the airline is working with partners Airbus and Wright Electric to accelerate the development of zero-emission technologies. The airline is optimistic that it could start transporting customers in aircraft powered by hydrogen-combustion, hydrogen-electric, or a hybrid of both in the mid to late 2030s. ‘

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