Budding pilots and technicians visit Cranwell

Budding pilots and technicians visit Cranwell

Youngsters from the William Alvey Primary School in Sleaford paid a visit to Affinity Flying Services Limited on Tuesday 6th July 2021.

As part of the Education Business Partnership (EBP), Affinity Flying Services Limited chose to sponsor the William Alvey School in Sleaford, and the Year 6 children came up with their own Imp design which features a silhouette of Lincoln’s famous cathedral and images of Affinity’s aircraft.

Continuing the partnership between Affinity and the school, the pupils visited the Affinity hangar at RAF Cranwell with their headteacher, Mr Stephen Tapley, to meet the team and to experience some of the aircraft up close.

Affinity’s Chief Engineer, Paul Adu, accompanied the pupils onto the flight line to watch the Prefect and Phenom aircraft landing from different training sorties. The aircrew stopped to chat with the students and answer their questions about flying and what had inspired them to become a pilot. 

The students were able to get up close to the internal workings of an engine and had the chance to sit inside a Phenom cockpit. AEA (Aircrew Equipment Assemblies) Supervisor, Chris Wade, introduced the students to the various safety equipment that the aircrew are required to wear whilst flying. This included helmets, life jackets and headsets which all the children got to try on and their Headteacher, Mr Tapley, got fitted into a parachute.

Mr Tapley said of their visit: “The children had a super afternoon and clearly learnt a lot, thank you. Lucas is determined to return in another ten years but this time as a trainee pilot. We started off painting an imp but our relationship with Affinity has already burgeoned to the point that we are thinking about our next project together.”

Anna Lyon, Head of Engineering Operations and Fleet Management at Affinity, said: “It was great to spend time with Mr Tapley and the William Alvey school pupils today and support the school as part of the EBP.

“Affinity were delighted to show them the inner workings of our busy maintenance & flight line. We hope we’ve inspired an interest in aviation and engineering and that we’ll see them back again as future Pilots & Engineers.”