Penarth pupils learn about flight at MOD St Athan
12:02pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Penarth news
UNIVERSITIES of Wales Air Squadron (UWAS) students based at MOD St Athan put their briefing skills to the test this week when they hosted pupils from St Joseph's RC Primary School, Penarth.
The children aged between six and eight years have been learning about flying and to put their knowledge to the test they came along to MOD St Athan to get a closer look at the aircraft and learn how planes fly.
UWAS students at St Athan learn to fly the Grob Tutor Aircraft and they were happy to share their experiences and show the youngsters around the aircraft. They also helped them learn more about the theory of flight. The challenge then was to put theory into practice and it was into the hangar to make paper planes and to see them fly.
Teacher Mrs Jenny Dunstan said: "The children have been involved in learning about flying. Some have been on aircraft before but none have been close to aircraft in this type of environment or had the opportunity to see such a variety of aircraft."
Acting Pilot Officer Tom Nation who gave the presentation said: "I was amazed at how much they already knew about flying.
"They clearly enjoyed the opportunity to answer and ask questions as well as doing the practical task of making the paper planes. They also enjoyed flying them in the hangar which was very noisy, but a lot of fun."
Horizon Aircraft Services (formally Hunter Flying) helped to co-host the visit with the RAF and allowed the children access to their hangar. Inside the children were able to see a wide range of single and twin engine aircraft from vintage to jet.
The ex-RAF Hawker Hunter and air show legend, ‘Miss Demeanour’, belonging to Mr Jonathon Whaley, was a great attraction. Everyone was able to climb up to the cockpit where they were able to get a pilot's eye view.
Not all flying at St Athan is done by fixed wing aircraft and whilst the children were waiting in their coach to cross the runway they were able to see the launch of the South Wales Police Helicopter.