Airbus holds STEM event in celebration of E-Fan’s channel crossing

Airbus has hosted a STEM event for 60 local school children at its Newport site in celebration of E-Fan’s channel crossing today.

The event, in support of the journey of electric-powered plane E-Fan across the English channel, saw the children receive a mini aviation masterclass and given the opportunity to watch the E-FAN’s final preparations.

Aimed at inspiring these children to be part of the future of aviation and consider a career in engineering, they were also able interact with the pilot and flight technicians and take part in an aeroplane design, making and flight competition.

The aircraft manufacturer actively works with the Welsh Government to look at ways to facilitate the transfer of skills and technology required for Newport to take an active role in defining the future of electric aviation.

Jean Botti, chief technical officer Airbus Group, said: “110 years after the dawn of heavier-than-air powered flight, a new transformation is coming to aviation through electric and hybrid flight.

“The E-Fan project, and flights like the Channel Crossing, shows that the pioneering spirit and ingenuity demonstrated by Blériot and the other early aviators is still alive today. We hope that this flight will capture the imagination of the next generation of aviators and engineers, and encourage them to pursue their dreams of flying.”

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: ‘We are delighted that world-leading technologies being developed by our Anchor Companies in Wales are being shared with the next generation of Welsh students.

“The Airbus STEM event being held at the company’s Newport campus today provided a unique opportunity for Welsh schoolchildren to share the excitement of this historic cross-Channel flight, while raising awareness of the possible career opportunities, particularly in the aerospace industry, that come from pursuing STEM subjects at school and college.”