ESCAPE FROM THE CLASSROOM AND SEE THE CURRICULUM FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE
Whether it is geography, science, technology, maths or simply the beauty of the skies and the novel experiences, you will find a whole new source of stimulating material to take back to the classroom, and make links with the people who can help you deliver it.
What sort of things can I experience?
Any new experience tends to be stimulating, and the different viewpoint offers many advantages over what you can observe from the ground. You will notice things you’ve not seen before, and feel the freedom of the sky.
Where do the subjects come in?
Geography: Physical landscape, towns, rivers, estuary, marine and land environments, human impact, land use, weather systems, navigation, magnetic and true bearings, map-work.
Science: Forces, acceleration, velocity, levers, moments, circular motion, aerodynamics, flight controls, instruments, sensors, fuels and oils.
Technology: Structures and materials, production methods, cockpit systems, ergonomics and the human interface, electrical and electronic systems.
Maths: Flight planning, weight and balance, fuel consumption calculations, bearings, vectors.
English and Drama: Communications, creative writing, poetry, scenarios to enact.
Art: Light and shade, cloud formations, new perspective.
How can you offer a free flight?
Finn Vallley flying club is a long established club which helps amateur flyers, many of whom have built their own planes, while others own commercially-produced aircraft, but all fly simply for the fun of it. Members are happy to share their enjoyment and enthusiasm with others, and for several years have provided youngsters with their first close up experience with aeroplanes through our 'Youth education’ programme.
Now it’s the teachers’ turn.
What aircraft are used?
There is a considerable variety of light aircraft in use, from the ubiquitous Ikarus C42, much favoured for initial pilot training, to flexwing types such as Mainair Blade, and modern composite aircraft.
They are all built to approved designs, and inspected regularly and operate under the auspices of the NMAI technical airworthiness derictive.
Would I have to get to a large airport?
No. You will fly from our small airfield outside the village of Convoy, this is a grass strip our club has sole use of.
How do I take you up on the offer?
Contact us at our website at www.FinnValleyFlyingClub.com or e-mail us at:- enquiries@FinnValleyFlyingClub.com
One of our members will get in touch with you to arrange a mutually convenient opportunity for you to have a flight.
Do you have teaching materials available?
We are producing resource materials for staff and pupils in conjunction with this programme, and would be pleased to work with you to develop relevant additional activities to suit your situation. Additionally we have a growing list of resources provided by other organisations to help you in the classroom.