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Gatwick continues to show its support for local schools with new partnerships

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A new partnership between Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Aviation Museum and the Royal Aeronautical Society aims to support local primary schools by hosting an exciting year-long series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based events.

In the first of the year-long series of educational ‘Cool Aeronautics’ events, taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, 71 lucky students from Southgate Primary School in Crawley were invited to attend a day of fascinating talks with pilots and Gatwick’s airfield operations staff, as well as receiving a tour of the museum and participating in a number of aircraft design challenges.

First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme which aims to encourage STEM interest and introduce children to careers in aerospace engineering, space and the aviation industry.

The programme has continued to grow since it was first established, with more than 4,000 students participating in events in the past two years alone, across the UK and around the world.

The event partnership forms part of Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education strategy, including  partnerships with other STEM initiatives, such as the Big Bang Fair and Learn Live broadcasts.

The airport is also supporting the Government’s national ‘Year of Engineering 2018’ campaign, and is celebrating engineering and helping to raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people, their parents and teachers.

Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge, said:

“Cool Aeronautics is a fantastic event to inspire children living near the airport. Investing in these types of events allows us to nurture the next generation of young people who might consider careers at Gatwick, helping us to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”  

Royal Aeronautical Society’s Careers & Outreach Officer, Jonathan Axford, said:

“A love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths often begins at primary-school age but schools do not always have the resources to get their pupils excited about the possibilities of these subjects. 

“Through Cool Aeronautics and our close partnership with Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Aviation Museum we aim to open up to children the wonderful world of STEM, as well as the incredible opportunities available in aviation and aerospace, in an interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, fun way.”

Gatwick Aviation Museum Manager, Ashley Colella, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Aeronautical Society and Gatwick Airport to help inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. The museum is a great place to showcase aviation history and we look forward to delivering this programme throughout the year.”

Southgate Primary School Teacher, Mrs Noble, said:

“Year 3 had the most fantastic day! We have learnt so much about the airport and the planes that use it. We will definitely be visiting again soon, thank you.”

For more information about how schools can register for a Cool Aeronautics event at Gatwick, please contact: community@gatwickairport.com.

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Whiteboards out at Gatwick as digital screens go down

Passengers huddle around large white boards as staff frantically try to keep them informed.

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Gatwick has had to take to writing flight information on whiteboards as their digital screens went down due to a technical issue.

The issue had occurred with the boards IT provider Vodafone.

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A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said:

“Due to an ongoing issue with Vodafone, a provider of IT services for Gatwick, flight information is not being displayed correctly on the airports digital screens and is currently being displayed manually in the terminals. 

Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers affected and expect Vodafone to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Gatwick added that this is only affecting a small number of flights in and out.

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Vodafone say the problems are down to a ‘damaged fibre cable’.

A spokesperson for Vodafone said:

“We have identified a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick Airport to display flight information.

“Our engineers are working hard to fix the cable as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us and we are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue. We are keeping Gatwick Airport constantly informed of progress.”

There are lots of staff are in the terminal working with passengers keeping them informed and lots of tanoy announcements.

But whilst many stories are reporting suggested chaos, passengers in the terminal are saying the situation is not that bad:

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