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College hosts a Flying Visit for VIP Guests
Monday, 8 October, 2018

Solihull College & University Centre welcomed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government the Rt Hon James Brokenshire, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Member of Parliament for Meriden Caroline Spelman to the College’s Woodlands Campus last week. Students and staff attended as the guests explored the Centre for Advanced Aeronautical Provision. Students conducted a number of demonstrations as the guests visited the aircraft hangar which houses a former Royal Navy Bae Jetstream T Mk2 aircraft.

The College recently invested over £2.5m in the aviation and aeronautical facilities at Woodlands Campus.  The investment was supported by the GBSLEP and was opened by the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman MP. She revisited the campus last week to see the developments.

Lecturer Mark Piatowski created a display showcasing the 3D printing capabilities at the College. Mark demonstrated a  Project  named “Local Hero” where  a 50% scale model of the iconic Spitfire will be constructed and displayed in the foyer to honour the brave men and women who built, delivered and piloted them in WW2.

The guests were treated to a simulator flight experience in one of the College’s two simulators, which is a replica from a Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft. They experienced taking off, flying and landing a plane.

Andy Street stated ‘I was very impressed with the aviation capabilities I saw at Solihull College & University Centre. James and I were able to explore the hangar, talk to students who were passionate about their studies and enjoy a simulator experience. The future for aeronautical students looks bright at the College and I look forward to hearing about the success stories in the future’.

Students across all levels have been working with the facilities at the College and will continue to do so throughout their courses.

Find out more about Solihull College & University Centre’s Aerospace Engineering courses.

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