Secretary of State for Business opens new "Flight School" at Birmingham Airport

The Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP, The Secretary of State
for Business, Innovation and Skills, has officially opened
Birmingham Airport’s "Flight School"
"Flight School" is a long-term partnership between the Airport,
its education partners and Midlands businesses, all working
together to create a dedicated learning zone for the exclusive
use of schools and colleges
"Click" on image to see full size panoramic view of "Flight School"
The facility is equipped with PCs, AV equipment and classroom
furniture to enable students to have a fully functioning learning
facility within an exciting business environment. The facility also
offers dedicated areas for use by primary and secondary students
and unrivalled views across the runway
The project has been heavily supported by Small Heath School
and businesses in the aviation sector, including Goodrich and
Bromford Industries, which have provided models of aircraft engines
and other practical tools to learn about engineering and aviation
Speaking at the opening event, The Secretary of State for Business,
Vince Cable, said, "This flight centre is an excellent example of
business working alongside local schools and colleges to give
young people hands-on access to activities that illustrate the
practical application of science and technology
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, The Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP,
Peter Slough, Head teacher Small Heath School and Maijid Saied
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: "We are delighted
to be able to offer this facility which demonstrates the Airport’s
full commitment to taking an active role in the education of the
region’s young people as part of its wider Corporate Responsibility
programmes. As a business we feel that we can deliver a real
benefit to individuals as they develop skills and attitudes to help
them succeed in the competitive world beyond education"
Pete Slough, Head Teacher, Small Heath School added, "Small
Heath School has been a leading light in the development of the
idea that education should be extended beyond the classroom to
take full advantage of opportunities provided by partnerships with
business and industry, helping to produce better qualified, more
socially aware and more rounded individuals. Working closely
with Birmingham Airport has helped us achieve our goals"
Please note the "Flight School" area is for pre booked
educational visits and is not open to the general public
Wednesday 1 February 2012


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