ATAERA
Air Transport and Aeronautics Education and Research Association

International Student Competition

ATAERA is excited to launch an international student competition in cooperation with the AviAssist Foundation. Student teams from ATAERA universities will be competing to come up with the best plan to improve safety during aircraft turn around at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda. The two top student teams will be selected during the AviAssist conference in Amsterdam (25 April 2018), and will go on a sponsored trip to the African airport in May/June, with the goal to present their final plan during the INAIR conference in Autumn 2018.

Challenge description

Kigali International Airport is the primary airport serving Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. In the last two consecutive years, Kigali International Airport was ranked twice amongst the top ten best airports in Africa after surveys based on client feedback confirmed that they highly rated the overall service received at the airport. 

For the last three years, the airport has undergone major upgrades and is still ongoing with a new apron, three taxiways and hangar and continues to equip air navigation services with top-notch technologies like the Bird Avoidance System to eliminate bird strikes along the runway, advanced weather observing systems and air traffic management technologies.

This international student competition focuses on improving safety related to ground operations processes at Kigali Airport. 

Flyer African Safety Challenge
Flyer African Safety Challenge.pdf (121.1KB)
Flyer African Safety Challenge
Flyer African Safety Challenge.pdf (121.1KB)


Assignment

Here you can find the first version of the assignment, including time path, deadlines, and products to be delivered. Please visit this website regularly to check whether an updated version is available.



Enrolment

Enrolment is open for student teams from ATAERA universities. Teams should consist of a maximum of four students, and should enrol before 1 november 2017 by filling out the enrolment form below.  

Enrolment form
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ATAERA student competition - enrolment form def 2_gedistribueerd_0003_gedistribueerd.pdf (646.42KB)
Enrolment form
Fill in the document digital, open with Adobe
ATAERA student competition - enrolment form def 2_gedistribueerd_0003_gedistribueerd.pdf (646.42KB)





Important dates

1 October 2017 – Publication of detailed challenge description on this website

1 November 2017 – Deadline enrolment student teams

25 April 2018 – Presentation by each student team through pre-recorded videos at AviAssist Conference in Amsterdam


More information

For more information you can contact your respective ATAERA university:

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Aviation Academy, Sanne van Dorp. For students with the Aviation Academy, participation in this international student competition will qualify as 30 ECTS for a minor. You will be expected to work on this student competition during the second semester of 2017/2018, instead of taking a regular minor.
  • University of Zilina, Benedikt Badanik
  • Vives University College, Gwendolyn Rogge
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, William Agius
  • IUBH International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef –School of Business and Management, Hansjochen Ehmer
  • Aeronautical University on Querétaro, Catya Zuniga Alcaraz
  • Coventry University, Coventry, Jenni Fernando
  • Instituto Superior Técnico, Vasco Reis
  • Purdue University, Mary Johnson
  • Institute of Technology Carlow, Claire Power
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, Bob Walton