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Airbus students wing it in Munich

The Bristol Metropolitan Academy pupils flew to Germany for an aviation-centric event celebrating the Airbus Foundation's 10th anniversary

Posted by Julian Owen | May 16, 2018 | School life

Two students from the Bristol Metropolitan Academy had an exclusive opportunity to travel to Munich to participate in a Flying Experience Day, celebrating the Airbus Foundation’s 10th anniversary. The youngsters are part of the foundation’s Flying Challenge programme, and were selected from fellow students from five countriesto represent their cohort . 

While in Germany, Evan Grimwood and Joshua Underhill had the opportunity to fly on a vintage aircraft, tour the historic city of Munich, and network with fellow students from as far afield as China and the USA. The pair also had the chance to meet Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, and share with him their plans of working in aviation after taking part in the programme. The CEO parachuted into the venue from a helicopter to meet the guests. 

Evan and Joshua are enrolled on Airbus’ Flying Challenge programme, which aims to improve students’ confidence and inspire them to explore careers in the aerospace industry. The programme sees them visiting the Airbus Filton site on a regular basis, where they work with Airbus mentors to earn themselves a nationally recognised qualification.

The pair also got to meet students and mentors from Airbus’ Broughton site in North Wales, where the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge programme is in its first year.

Reflecting on the eventful weekend, Joshua said: “I feel really honoured to have been invited on this trip, I’ve had so many great experiences! My highlight was taking off in a small vintage plane and seeing Munich from the air.” 

Philippa Evans, a teacher at the Bristol Metropolitan Academy who accompanied the students, said: “They felt really privileged to have been invited to Munich to celebrate 10 years of the Airbus Foundation. It was a great opportunity for them to meet other Flying Challenge students from around the world and hear about the impact Airbus has had on their generation over the years.”





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