Tony Monaghan is the Educational Liaison Officer for Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast.
In October 2011, he visited the school with two recent graduates to talk to boys in Year 14 about careers in Aerospace, and what it was like to work as an engineer. The week after this, the same boys were invited to have a tour of the Bombardier site at Queens Island. They were able to see first hand how the processes we learn about in school, such as CADCAM, riveting and testing materials, are applied in industry.
In November, Tony returned to the school to run The Flight Experience project with Technology pupils in Year 11. Working in teams of 4, the boys had to construct a balsa wood and paper aeroplane, powered by a propeller and elastic band. When the planes were all constructed, we ventured outdoors for test flights – some proving more successful than others. After a pit stop to modify the trailing edges of the wings (with some sticky labels!) the surviving planes were flown from upstairs in the Common Hall out to the waiting team mates in the quad. The boys have also been invited to take part in The Flight Experience Competition which will take place in 2012, and is run by Bombardier and W5.