Aviation students experience the high life
Earlier this year, 26 Airline, Airport and Aviation Management BSc students visited the United States of America for their annual international trip. For some, this marked the first time they set foot on a plane.
Accompanied by their lecturers Nick Coleman, course leader for Aviation Management, Washington Mhangami, senior lecturer on the course, and Bettina Coleman-Schoels, course leader for Business Psychology, the students flew out to Atlanta on Monday 3 April to visit Delta Airways and get a taste of real life aviation.
“The trip to the USA has made me more aware of the industry in practice rather than in theory,” said third year Aviation student, Marjan Shah.
“It has enhanced my ability to understand and appreciate different cultures as well as different work environments. I can’t thank you enough for providing us with an amazing opportunity to experience and explore airline and airport operations and get to see behind the scenes.”
Third year aviation student, Zunera Irfan, said: “The trip to America was one of the best experiences I have ever had. As aviation students, we were lucky to experience the industry first hand by visiting Delta Airlines and Atlanta and Orlando airports. I felt very fortunate to have had a chance to visit these places and gain memories.”
On their trip, the students visited Atlanta airport which is the busiest airport in the world, to get a taste of how a real life airport operates. They also visited the Museum of Aviation based at the Warner Robins Airforce Base in Georgia; the Gulfstream manufacturing company, which included a tour of the G650, the latest private jet; and the Kennedy Space Centre. They flew back to the UK on Tuesday 11 April.
Washington Mhangami, who organised the trip and made contacts to ensure students could visit as much as possible, said: “Field courses enhance student experience. They are a major source of providing knowledge to the students by giving opportunities for self-experiences and observations and memories.
“Through the opportunities we offer on this course, most of the aviation concepts and phenomena can be easily clarified, understood and assimilated. This helps support the teaching and learning agenda.
“Good field courses make learning more concrete, effective, interesting, inspirational and meaningful. We often invite industry experts in to speak with our students to provide future professional and vocational direction to our students.”