Students from Cornwall College studying Aeronautical Engineering spent an enlightening day at Newquay Airport, where they carried out both pre-flight safety checks and marshalling of an aircraft around an active airport.
Working alongside Flynqy, the resident pilot training school, students got their hands dirty inspecting a Piper light aircraft prior to take-off and also marshalled the aircraft around part of the runway system.
John Goodwin, Team Lead Aeronautical Engineering at Cornwall College Camborne said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience working on air worthy aircraft in a real airport setting. Whilst we do have our own grounded aircraft to work on, this adds another dimension to the course and they also get to fly and fully appreciate the effects of positive and negative G-forces, something which they learn about.”
The course at Cornwall College Camborne is the only one available in Devon or Cornwall and is proving extremely popular with young people looking for a career in the aviation industry.
Jessica Fry, student added, “I’ve always been interested in aircraft and how they work and this course is exactly what I was looking for. At the end of it I’ll be well on my way to becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer and could perhaps go on to University. It’s also a great step towards becoming either a fully licenced aircraft engineer or even maybe a pilot“.
During their visit at Newquay Airport they also visited the control tower, giving them a rare opportunity to witness commercial aircraft landing from high above the runway, whilst the air traffic controllers communicated with the pilots. In the tower they received presentations explaining what all the equipment was and how it all fits in to the safe running of a commercial airport.
The course takes two years to complete and is taught by experienced aircraft engineers and pilots, giving the students both an in-depth academic and practical opportunity to learn all areas of aircraft engineering.