Stansted Magna Carta Primary Academy pupils get to 'fly' thanks to a Ryanair pilot parent
Children at Stansted's Magna Carta Primary Academy were given a unique insight into the world of planes, thanks to a parent.
Year 3 pupils were invited to take a tour of the Ryanair hangar at Stansted Airport by father Anthony Xyppas, who is a pilot and offered to show the year group behind the scenes and let them try out some expensive training equipment.
His son Eleftherios, 7, was part of the class outing and got to see his dad at work.
The pilot took the children to experience the multi-million-pound flight simulators as part of their work on aspirations, enterprise and careers.
Marios Solomonides, headteacher at the St John's Road school, said: “Anthony showed the children different parts of the engine and explained what the plane does. But he also told them all about his career as a pilot: the skills and qualifications he has, how he uses maths and science in his work and why he has to stay physically fit.
“The main purpose of the trip was the careers aspect. Our children now know a little bit more about what it takes to be a pilot."