Airbus honour for students

May 30 2018
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TWO students have been flying the flag for Bristol Metropolitan Academy after travelling to Germany to celebrate Airbus Foundation's 10th anniversary.

Evan Grimwood and Joshua Underhill headed for Munich to take part in a Flying Experience Day where they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly on a vintage aircraft, tour the historic city and network with fellow students from as far as China and the USA. 

The youngsters are part of the foundation’s Flying Challenge programme, and were selected to represent their cohort among fellow students from five countries.

The students also had the privilege to meet Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, and share with him their dreams of working in aviation after taking part in the programme. 

The CEO parachuted into the venue from a helicopter to meet the guests.

Evan and Joshua are enrolled on Airbus’ Flying Challenge programme, which aims to improve students’ confidence and inspire them to explore careers in the aerospace industry. The programme sees them visiting the Airbus Filton site on a regular basis, where they work with their Airbus mentors to earn themselves a nationally recognised qualification.

Reflecting on the eventful weekend, Joshua said: "I feel really honoured to have been invited to this trip, I’ve had so many great experiences! My highlight was taking off in a small vintage plane and seeing Munich from the air."

Philippa Evans, teacher at Bristol Met who accompanied the students on the trip, said: "The students felt really privileged to have been invited to Munich to celebrate 10 years of the Airbus Foundation. It was a great opportunity for them to meet other Flying Challenge students from around the world and hear about the impact Airbus has had on their generation over the years."

The group also got to meet students and mentors from Airbus’ Broughton site in North Wales where the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge programme is in its first year.