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Inspiring aerospace engineers of the future

News International-French

3 Jul 2012

Leading UK composite component manufacturer Atlas Composites have signed up to inspire the UK’s composites engineers of the future at this year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) event, after Atlas Composites' Head of Engineering Andrew Taylor agreed to join the Tri@RIAT team, for the Lockheed Martin Warrior Engineering Challenge.

Bristol University Engineering Graduate Andrew (right) will offer practical engineering support to a team of students, aged 13 and 14, as he mentors 'Team Raptor' - aptly named after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor 5th generation fighter.

Andrew's team of budding engineers from the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in Swindon will be challenged to develop a solution to an engineering problem against other teams from the surrounding area. Over the course of the day, participants will choose materials to fit within a given budget, work collaboratively under the guidance of their team leader, test the ability of their vehicles and finally compete for the Champion’s Shield in the public arena where they will need to perform a speed challenge over sand, and endeavour to transport goods from the start to the end of the circuit.

Tri@RIAT sponsors Lockheed Martin, with whom Atlas Composites achieved bronze award preferred supplier status in 2009, will be joined by industry partners for the two day event to be held at RAF Fairford 7- 8th July.

The winning team will be announced by Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Tom Burbage.

With over 250+ aircraft anticipated to be on display and upwards of 140,000 visitors, including support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world's leading aerospace companies, the Royal International Air Tattoo is widely acknowledged as the world's largest military air show.

The Air Tattoo is staged in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, a charity set up in 2005 to support the wider RAF family. As well as seeking to develop a spirit of air-mindedness in youngsters, it also aims to promote excellence with the Royal Air Force.

Atlas Composites are AS 9100 Revision C certified - the Quality Management Standard required to meet the rigorous demands of flight critical applications for commercial and military aircraft - and manufacture composite aerospace components for some of the industries biggest companies including Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce PLC and Lockheed Martin UK Insys.
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