Saturday 19 October 2019

High flyers: Aviation innovation sought in student competition

Ready for takeoff: University of Limerick students Brian Nash, Jane Doohan and Padraig Cronin help launch the competition. Photo: Arthur Ellis Photography
Ready for takeoff: University of Limerick students Brian Nash, Jane Doohan and Padraig Cronin help launch the competition. Photo: Arthur Ellis Photography
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Third-level students with lofty ambitions are being sought by Gecas, the aircraft-leasing unit of GE, upon the launch of their aviation innovation competition, 'Aerovate 2019'.

The competition encourages entrants to come up with new ideas around the aviation industry.

The winner or winning team will receive a €5,000 prize, as well as the possibility of further developing their idea through an internship with Gecas. Two runners-up will receive prizes of €1,000.

"The aviation industry is synonymous with change and development," said Cronan Enright, chief marketing officer at Gecas. "We are looking for people to think outside of the box and would encourage all ideas that are original and creative, and most importantly, propel the aviation industry into the future."

To enter, students must submit their ideas through written and video format.

A shortlist of the top five entries will be invited to present to an expert panel of judges at the Gecas offices in Shannon.

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