|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.
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.
Structures and materials, production methods, cockpit systems, ergonomics
and the human interface, electrical and electronic systems.
planning, weight and balance, fuel consumption calculations, bearings,
English and Drama: Communications, creative writing, poetry, scenarios to enact.
and shade, cloud formations, new perspective.
you have teaching materials available?
Download PDF leaflet on Fly-a-Teacher Scheme (80KB)
can you offer a free flight?
The LAA (formerly PFA) is a long established organisation 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 a first flight through the ‘Young Eagles’ programme, and its UK successor, ‘Young Aviators’. Now it’s the teachers’ turn.
aircraft are used?
is a considerable variety of light aircraft in use, from the ubiquitous
Cessna and Piper much favoured for initial pilot training, to vintage
types such as Austers, and modern composite aircraft.
They are all built to approved designs, and inspected regularly and fully certificated.
Would I have to get to a large airport?
You are more likely to fly from a small airfield,
maybe a farm strip or a former RAF base.
All over the country these are used by LAA aircraft, so there is
sure to be one near you.
How do I take you up on the offer?
See the Youth & Education Support website
at www.flyers.org.uk or e-mail
In case of difficulty, please contact :-
Phone:- 01280 846 786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fly a Teacher Day, Plymouth
Jim Gale, Devon Strut of the PFA, explains what's what to a group of teachers at Plymouth Airport
The idea of the LAA Education Fly a Teacher Programme is to introduce teachers to light aircraft flying, give them a flight, and supply them with ideas and worksheets to support their classroom teaching and learning activities.
The 8 Primary school teachers at this event each had a flight, and reckoned it would help with creative writing, studies of the airport environment, local history and journey time-tables and maths calculations.
Curriculum sheets and other support materials are in course of preparation for a wide range of activities at all levels.
At the event, the Build-a-Plane Project
Rans S6ES was on display to show what youngsters from the 4 'corners' of the UK
had built over the past year or so.
If you can support this project with
funds or donations in kind,
please e-mail Stewart Luck:
or Dave Hall:
Click for more information on the plane project
PDF leaflet about the Y.E.S. Fly-a-Teacher Scheme
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