Promoting aviation careers with the next generation

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Last Thursday, students from the Enid Capron got an opportunity to peek into the careers of professionals working at an airport. The occasion was the school’s annual career fair that drew participants from the various industries in the country.

Responding to their invitation, the Airports Authority showcased careers in airport security, air traffic services and rescue and firefighting.

Airport Security

Airport Security’s role is to ensure that no prohibited items, or unauthorized persons or vehicles gain access to the airside of the airport. Airport security officers are highly trained and execute their duties with tools such as metal detectors and baggage scanners.

The two security officers present at the career fair both explained and demonstrated their craft to the students who collectively had more questions than time permitted to answer them.

With the permission of the teachers, students volunteered to be given a pat down as part of the demonstrations. In one case, a teacher opted to be given the pat down.

Air Traffic Services

Part of the physical display included two model aircraft, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus 380. The interest in these clearly outweighed the explanation of air traffic services.

The air traffic controllers’ role is to safely navigate aircraft into and out of the Turks and Caicos Islands airspace, and also their safe movement when on the ground.

Very few students came knowing what is the role of the air traffic controller and the facility in which they work, the control tower. They however left a little wiser after some measure of distraction from the model aircraft.

Interest lay squarely in the number of passengers that each plane can carry and how far they can fly. This is any event was explained, and seemed to be received with a great sense of satisfaction.

Rescue and Firefighting Services

The rescue and firefighting services display was arguably the center of the universe at the career fair. With a firefighter getting dressed in his personal protective equipment (PPE) and demonstrating the use of various gadgets, the students were focused, entertained and educated in the ways of fighting fires.

The repeated discharge of a fire extinguisher with each successive group visiting the booth, elicited the same screams and temporary scattering only to converge on the booth once again.

The career fair lasted about 4 hours.