GECAS TY Aviation Academy Review
Here’s a day by day review of what students attending the GECAS TY Aviation Academy completed throughout the week.
Monday 14th November: On Monday morning we were introduced to the world of Aviation and learned about how aircraft fly. We learned about the four forces of flight, lift, weight, thrust and drag. We also learned about Newton’s three laws,law of inertia, law of action and reaction and force equals mass x acceleration. We learned about how these forces and laws affect flight. We also learned about the primary flight controls and their functions, the rudder(Yaw), elevators (Pitch)and ailerons (Roll). After our theory lesson we went to look at aircraft to see what we the things we learned about in the classroom.
Tuesday 15th November: On Tuesday morning we were lucky to get a talk from an ex lecturer and pilot in aviation. He explained to us the “basic 6” instruments In a cockpit of an airplane. After our break, on Tuesday afternoon we planned a flight from Shannon to Kerry and discussed the various obstacles a pilot may face. After the flight was planned we used the flight simulator to fly from Shannon to Kerry which was a half an hour journey. The simulator was very realistic and it was a great experience to use one.
Wednesday 16th November: On Wednesday several people in the Aviation industry came to talk to us. Alison Carty from the IAA talked to us about air traffic control, David Ward from Lufthansa Technik told us about the company and the maintenance it does. Paul Kennedy also talked to us about how composite material is used in aircraft. We also did some flying on the flight simulators.
Thursday 17th November: On thursday morning we visited Entry Point North. It is an Air Traffic Control centre in Shannon. It was very interesting to see how the training centre worked and how they communicate with planes in Irish Airspace. We also had a talk with Captain Darren Maheedy from Ryanair who practiced B737 800 NG Landings on the simulator.
Friday 18th November:
The last day of our time at Atlantic airventure was very productive. In the morning, we visited the Atlantic aviation group. They carry out repairs and maintenance on planes. We got a tour of the building and different work rooms and they explained their job to us. In the afternoon, we then visited GECAS where a networking event was organised with the employees there from all different aspects of the company. We found this incredibly beneficial and interesting. Overall, the week was a success and we are very grateful for it.
By Kenneth McGuire,Ronan Fox,James O’Connell,Brian Quinlan and Jennifer Keating