Bearsden pupils got the rare chance to go behind the scenes at Glasgow Airport.

Thirty Primary 7 students teamed up with easyJet to discover what it would be like to land a career in aviation.

Children spent time in an aircraft learning about what it takes to provide the best inflight service to passengers, as well as hearing from pilots, cabin crew, and engineers, about their jobs.

The initiative is part of easyJet’s ongoing work to inspire the next generation to discover the exciting opportunities of working in the travel industry.

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The students also had an insight into a live airline environment at Glasgow Airport by exploring first-hand a pilot’s office.

Pupils were shown the controls by easyJet pilots and were given the opportunity to practice making cabin crew passenger announcements.

Students also met the airport fire station team where they saw some of the fire-fighting equipment in operation.

Mike Leslie, easyJet Glasgow Base Captain, said: “We are delighted to have taken students from Bearsden Primary School behind the scenes not only to offer a unique and exciting day out, but also one we hope will inspire the next generation of pilots, cabin crew, and engineers.”

Catriona Smith, Headteacher at Bearsden Primary School, said: “One of our P7 classes took part in a STEM competition run by ASSET (Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust).

"We had two drones to use to complete a series of challenges and the children were able to choose areas of the challenge which are of interest to them. 
"We have trained drone pilots and engineers to help set up and fly the drone in order to complete the challenges.

“We were then thrilled to have easyJet and Glasgow Airport involved, and the children are able to see how their drones fit into aviation work, and experience different careers available in this field.

"This experience could not be replicated in the classroom and will inspire children into careers in STEM.”

The initiative forms part of the airline’s ongoing work to inspire the next generation of aviators and to drive a more diverse community within the airline and the aviation industry as a whole.

easyJet has been tackling this industry challenge for a number of years through initiatives including recruitment campaigns, its pilot school visits programme and last year’s Summer Flight School.

Since 2016, the airline’s Pilot School Visits programme has seen pilots visit hundreds of schools up and down the country for young people to learn more about the career, focused on encouraging more girls to become an airline pilot.