Flying Start Challenge

Leonardo is proud to be a sponsor of the Flying Start Challenge engineering competition, which is designed to help students develop key skills and increase awareness of the excellent careers available in engineering.

Flying Start Challenge logoThe aim is for teams composed of four students to design, build and test a model glider that they will present at the regional Fly-Off. Each team then has the chance to fly their glider against schools from the same region, with teams judged on the distance flown and on a poster presentation detailing the design decisions made.

The Flying Start Challenge operates across the South West and is delivered in association with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Teams register in Quarter 4 of each year, with mentors from the aerospace industry including Leonardo, advising on designs. Regional Fly-Off events take place in March, followed by the Grand Final in May, when the regional winners compete against each other in a series of engineering challenges.