Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015
The 35 students from first to sixth classes and aged between seven and 12 years got to step on board a Ryanair aircraft where they heard from the airline’s base captain at Shannon, Turlough O’Neil, about the exciting life of pilot and the workings of the airline.
The airline initiated the day as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme but Shannon happily weighed in to enhance the experience further for the young students as Airport Police and Fire Service staff gave the St. Conaire’s students a unique insight into the airport fire station operation where they heard about Shannon’s 24-7, on-call service which is on standby to deal with any emergency landings of aircraft outbound or inbound across the Atlantic. In addition, students got a first-hand demonstration of the airport’s rapid intervention fire trucks in use.
The airport’s Aviation Search Unit gave them a talk on security screening, including a demonstration on how x-ray equipment works. Olly (the Customs and Excise dog) and his handler were also on hand to give a demonstration of their work.
School principal Peter Walsh said that the students loved every minute of the experience. “There aren’t too many schools that have an airport on their doorstep like we do but, despite our proximity, the tour we got today was all very new for the students.
“For many of the children it was their first time getting on an aircraft and none of them ever before got to hear about security screening or the fire services and what they do at Shannon so it was a fantastic day for them and there was a great buzz among them.” He continued: “The experience fits in with the curriculum in so many ways. There was a bit of geography, history, meteorology, even maths and science. Given the airport is such a part of the community, too, the tour also ticked the environmental studies box. It also gave them in insight into the airport as a big local employer.”
Ryanair’s Base Captain Turlough O’Neil said “It was a pleasure to welcome the students from St. Conaire’s National School on board. I was delighted to share my experience as a Ryanair Pilot and to answer their inquisitive questions. The group was bursting with enthusiasm and knowledge of the aviation world”.
Said Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport Operations Director, “From time to time we host school tours here and the children really love it. Airports are special places for children and there’s a lot to see and do for them here and you could see the excitement in their eyes throughout. We are delighted to have been able to host a local tour and it gives them a greater appreciation of what happens at an airport but also of the role that Shannon plays in the local community.”
Source:- Shannon Airport