Aviator Gathering October 2013
The Aviators of the Future from 2012 and 2013 have met over the past two days. On Tuesday the Aviators met in Galway Education Centre. There we met Edite Amorim of Thinking Big, from Portugal. Edite worked with a group of Transition Year students last year and was extremely popular. We were thrilled to bring Edite back to work with the Aviators. The day was most enjoyable, interesting and a time to catch up with old friends and meet the Aviators from both years. Learn about Edite’s work here: http://www.thinking-big.com/
On Wednesday we had a guided tour of The Casement Aerodrome and Museum in Baldonnel. Thanks to Conor Furey from Naas who helped us organise our visit: http://conorfurey.ie/mobile/
Also, much thanks to Captain Brendan O’ Dowd in the Press Office and John McCormick, Regimental Sergeant Major who set up our visit.
We were delighted to get a guided tour of the Garda Helicopter thanks to Brian Coade of the Garda Air Support Unit.
Following Baldonnel we visited the Science Gallery in Trinity College to tour the exhibition Grow Your Own which looks at Synthetic Biology.
There we met Joe Roche, the resident astrophysicist in the Science Gallery, who provided us with a guided tour and spoke to us about his research, passion and love for Science! Follow him on Twitter on @joeboating
Welcome committee from NFA
Here we are coming off the Bombardier CRJ900 at Pensacola airport.
We got an ovation from the crowd before we even got to arrivals.
We were met by Chip Yarborough, Programme Director at NFA, Dr. Dave Dawson of University of West Florida, Natalie Suarez, Event Coordinator and Lonex, Melody and Mike, who are our new chiefs. We are so excited to be here! Go NFA!
We have arrived safely in Pensacola
We have arrived safely in Pensacola and have gotten our badges and lodgings at the NFA. See us settling in here, with more to follow! Night to everyone in Ireland! We need our sleep!
On our way
Today we are flying to the National Flight academy in Pensacola, Florida from Dublin airport. It’s so exciting and I can’t wait to arrive in Florida! It’s been an early morning but it’s all been worth it! We are just waiting for our early morning breakfast in the airport. Our flight departs at 9:30am and we arrive in Charlotte at 12:30pm local time.
Interview with Galway Bay FM
We were interviewed by Antoinette Giblin of Galway Bay FM yesterday. Check out the interview here.
In the photo you can see us with Mayor of Galway city; Padraig Conneely.
Thanks to Andrew Downes for taking such great photos!
On Wednesday the 24th of July 2013, twelve Aviator of the Future Ambassadors gathered at Galway Education Centre. At this ceremonial gathering they were presented with their uniforms before they travel to the National Flight Academy, in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday July 26th, 2013. Here the Ambassadors are representing Galway and Ireland and taking part in a special five day residency on board the NFA’s simulated training aircraft carrier, ‘Ambition’. Ambition is designed to simulate a modern aircraft carrier with three decks catering for everything from simulation and immersion centre spaces to academic spaces, mess decks and accommodation berthing.
The twelve Ambassadors are : Louise Hosty, Salerno, Leona Larkin, St. Augustine’s NS Clontuskert, Kate Tarpey, Gort CS, Erin Shimizu , Coláiste na Coiribe, Sinead Bohan, Dominican College, Amy Forde, Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry, Iarla Muldoon, St.Joseph’s College, Garbally, Michael Murphy, St. Joseph’s College, Galway, Mark Fitzgerald, St. Enda’s College, Salthill, Eoin Corcoran, Holy Rosary College, Domhnall O Braonain, Colaiste Cholmcille, Killian McHugh, St. Joseph’s College, Galway.
The Aviator of the Future Ambassadors were met by Galway City Mayor; Mr. Padraig Conneely. He was impressed by The Aviators of the Future Programme as it aims to create a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) among students in County Galway, along with critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication. The students will keep a daily log of their adventures on http://www.aviatorofthefuture.com and maintain a Twitter feed on @AviatorFuture .
This renewal of the agreement between the Galway Education Centre and the National Flight Academy marks another historic milestone as last year the 12 students from Galway were the very first international students on board the ‘Ambition’.
Visit to Atlantic Air Venture
Today the Aviator of the Future Ambassadors are visiting Atlantic Air Venture in Shannon. Jane has been teaching us about the forces of flight; lift, weight, thrust and drag.
Visit their website here; http://www.atlanticairventure.com/
Aviator of the Future Ambassadors 2013
Today we are meeting our new Aviator of the Future Ambassadors for 2013 who will be representing Galway and Ireland.
Here you can see the Ambassadors and their parents at the Orientation Meeting in GEC
The Galway Education Centre has chosen 12 students from County Galway, aged 12-15 to take part in the “Aviator of the Future” programme from July 26th to August 4th, 2013.
These students will fly to The National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, and take part in a special six day residency on board the NFA’s simulated training aircraft carrier, ‘Ambition’.
This is the continuation of the last year’s momentous agreement with the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, USA.
The Aviators of the Future programme aims to create a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) among students in County Galway.
This renewal of the agreement between the Galway Education Centre and The National Flight Academy marks another historic milestone as last year the 12 students from Galway were the very first international students on board the ‘Ambition’.
In 2012 The Galway Education Centre signed a momentous agreement with the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida, USA to send 12 school children from Galway aged 12-15 to take part in the inaugural “Aviator of the Future ” programme. For twelve lucky schoolchildren it was the opportunity of a lifetime! They flew to The National Flight Academy in the United States and took part in a special five day residency on board the NFA’s simulated training aircraft carrier, Ambition. Ambition is designed to simulate a modern aircraft carrier with three decks catering for everything from simulation and immersion centre spaces to academic spaces, mess decks and accommodation berthing. The programme is to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills along with critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication.
Thanks to two of our 2012 Ambassadors who passed on their wisdom to our new Ambassadors.
Meeting in Galway Education Centre
The Aviator of the Future Ambassadors will meet in Galway Education Centre today, Wednesday 18th of June at 7.00pm.
We will be checking out some of the following information videos to prepare ourselves for our visit to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola:
The Science Squad – Episode 2 Story 1 – Graphene from New Decade TV & Film Ltd on Vimeo.
Visit to Atlantic AirVenture Shannon
Today we travelled to AirVenture in Shannon as guests of Jane Magill and Eddie Ryan to help us prepare for our visit to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola in Florida.
We had such a fantastic time. Check out some of our photos from the day. Thanks Jane and Eddie! We look forward to visiting you again to fly the Boeing 737 SIM when we return in August.
You can read more about AirVenture here: http://www.atlanticairventure.com/