One of the pillars of the Guernsey Air Display is to educate and inspire young people around the history and future of the air display, the sustainability and green issues the aviation industry faces and military and civilian career opportunities.
Over 200 students received talks from an air traffic controller, pilots and engineers in addition to school, CCF and air cadet visits from the RAF Careers Engagement Team.
The public also got the opportunity to get up close with the planes in the display at the annual Meet the Pilots event, sponsored by Ravenscroft, and our final event for 2023 is a screening of the documentary Lancaster.
Tuesday 12 September 2023
Gary Elson, Operational Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) at Guernsey Airport, spoke to Year 7 and 8 students at St Sampson’s High School about the history of the display. He explained the importance of the display, with some of the key historical local events involving aircraft during World War II.
Wednesday 13 September 2023
Rich Goodwin, pilot, spent time with Year 13 students at Les Varendes High School and Sixth Form Centre explaining his journey to becoming a pilot and how he built his own Jet Pitts and the challenges this threw up.
The annual ‘Meet the Pilots’ event welcomed hundreds people of all ages, allowing them to get up close with the aircraft ahead of the Air Display, and speak to the pilots and engineers
Thursday 14 September 2023
Students at Elizabeth College welcomed two of the Blues, the engineers for the RAF Red Arrows, on the day of the display. The Blues spoke about the importance of STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) subjects, the career paths they had followed and their current roles in the Royal Air Force.
Monday 11 - Friday 15 September 2023
The RAF Careers Engagement Team were on island all week visiting schools, air cadets and the CCF speaking to students about career opportunities in the RAF.
Thursday 5 October 2023
The documentary ‘Lancaster’ was screened at the Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 5 October.
The film documents the story of the WW2 bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members and re-mastered footage of the RAF’s last airworthy Lancaster and was our way to mark the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.
The screening was kindly sponsored by Lancaster Guernsey so that all the funds from ticket sales could go to the Guernsey Air Display Foundation and help fund next year’s display.