Up, up and away - students ready to fly

Published on: 02 May 2017


A GROUP of students  from Bristol Metropolitan Academy are well on the way to completing the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge.

The 30 youngsters had exclusive behind-the-scenes access at Bristol Airport where they learned about everything from customer services to being a pilot, took part in a simulated flying lesson at Bristol and Wessex Flying Club and explored the corporate jets at Centreline.

Their ‘Aim High Week’ adventure did not stop there. They also learned about propulsion on a visit to the aero engine assembly lines at Rolls-Royce, found out what’s in store for an aerospace apprentice at the City of Bristol College and met the RAF at the Jet Age Museum.

One participant said: “I love airplanes. I think they are beautiful and amazing machines. I could just sit in the airport all day, every day and watch them take off and land without getting bored. I would love to work around them every day.” 

The Flying Challenge  is a year-long mini-apprenticeship linked to flight.

Phillipa Evans, design and technology teacher at Bristol Metropolitan Academy, said: “The students had a brilliant week with amazing learning experiences throughout. I would to thank Airbus for giving our students a once-in-a-lifetime incredible opportunity that I feel sure will stay with them for a long time to come.”

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