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Pupils are flying high with the Airbus Foundation

Bristol Metropolitan Academy get behind the wheel of a luxury jet at the culmination of a yearlong Airbus project

Posted by Hannah Vickers | July 12, 2017 | School life

Twenty seven year nine students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy received flying lessons, toured the airport fire station and climbed aboard a luxury £7 million pound jet as part of their final emersion day of the groundbreaking yearlong Airbus project.

Flying from Gloucester Airport, students went up in groups of three, in three, four seater planes and each had the chance to fly and take control of the plane once in the air. Students toured the fire station and were given the chance to hold and use a fire hose powered by one of the airports fire trucks. They also worked with the RAF on various challenging team building skills.

The school was been chosen by the Airbus Foundation to be part of a programme called ‘Flying Challenge’ which aims to inspire and engage young people in STEM subjects, to complete their education and get better grades – but this is a programme with a difference. It provides up to 30-young people with a real opportunity to work with Airbus engineers at the Filton site to experience first-hand what it means to work in an aviation engineering environment as well as learning about flight, aircraft design and manufacture and test which will result in them making a flying aircraft.   

Funded by the Airbus Foundation, the Flying Challenge is currently running successfully in other Airbus sites including France, the USA, Germany and Spain and this is the first time that it is being run in the UK.

It was really lovely to see how excited all the students were, five or six of them have never flown before, so to see their faces when they landed was amazing - Phillipa Evans, Design and Technology Teacher at Bristol Metropolitan Academy

Phillipa Evans, Design and Technology Teacher at Bristol Metropolitan Academy said, “It was really lovely to see how excited all the students were, five or six of them have never flown before, so to see their faces when they landed was amazing. They have put a lot of hard work and effort into this programme so for me to see them get their reward for their commitment is fantastic.”

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