Sky’s the limit for William Alvey pupils

Youngsters from William Alvey Primary School in 
Sleaford paid a visit to RAF College Cranwell last week.

AEA (Aircrew Equipment Assemblies) Supervisor, Chris Wade (right) with pupils Lucas Frost, Ella Jenkins, Luke Papworth and Vania Rodriguez. Photo: Affinity Flying Services EMN-210807-114556001

As part of the Education Business Partnership, Affinity Flying Services, which supports the aircrew training programme at the college, chose to sponsor the school and 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, the pupils visited the Affinity hangar at RAF Cranwell last Tuesday with headteacher, Stephen Tapley, to meet the team and experience some of the aircraft up close.

Affinity’s chief engineer, Paul Adu, accompanied pupils onto the flight line to watch the Prefect and Phenom aircraft landing from 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.

William Alvey School headteacher Mr Stephen Tapley with pupils, from left: Vania Rodriguez, Ella Jenkins and Luke Papworth, inside a Phenom. Photo: Affinity Flying Services EMN-210807-114618001

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 while flying. This included helmets, life jackets and headsets which all the children got to try on and 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 Frost 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: “Affinity were delighted to show them the inner workings of our busy maintenance and flight line. We hope we’ve inspired an interest in aviation and engineering and that we’ll see them back again as future pilots and engineers.”

Affinitys Chief Engineer, Paul Adu shows the children a Prefect engine. Photo: Affinity Flying Services EMN-210807-114607001
AEA (Aircrew Equipment Assemblies) Supervisor, Chris Wade tries a helmet on Lucas Frost. Photo: Affinity Flying Services EMN-210807-114640001