Students’ tour of skies ahead

Aero-engineering students and Blackpool Airport employee Paul Wane (far right) look round the aircraft hangars at the airport.

Aero-engineering students and Blackpool Airport employee Paul Wane (far right) look round the aircraft hangars at the airport.

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ENGINEERING students have had an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Blackpool Airport.

Young people on Blackpool and The Fylde College’s aero-engineering course enjoyed the high life seeing inside private planes worth millions and felt the heat learning about the fire department at the international airport.

Paul Wane, who works in air operations at the airport, hoped to give the pupils a real experience of life working in aero-engineering.

Mr Wane, who has worked in aerospace for four decades, was encouraged to further the young people’s education after volunteering on their course and knowing how vital hands-on experience is.

He said: “We wanted it to be a meaningful day because they’re engineering students hoping to go out and get jobs but to some degree they don’t know what they’re letting themselves in for.

Mr Wane added: “There are quite amazing opportunities out there so it’s nice to have an opportunity like this.”

With the help of Robert Murgatroyd, CEO of Fly Blackpool, and Simon Menzies the group of eight students visited Hangar Two, to see private aircraft, and Hangar Three, to see executive planes.

Mr Wane said: “A look inside the plush walnut and leather covered executive jet should keep the students goals high in the air.”

And Jim Johnson, chief fire officer at the airfield, showed students the vital role fire crews play at the airport.

Student Mosh Desai, 27, said: “It’s good to get a feel for what the airport engineers do and in a way it’s getting a piece of what’s to come next.

“The things we’ve learnt in college, we’ve seen them doing the same kinds of things here. It’s brought it to life.”

Lecturer James Loy has also led the students on a visit to Manchester Airport.

He said: “It was a very interesting visit, it’s beneficial for students to see people working at the airport.”

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