November 24, 2014

Students eye the friendly skies

Winnipeg Free Press

DOZENS of Grade 6 students were swarming around the workstations at Red River College’s Stevenson Campus Friday getting their first taste of what could become careers for some.

The annual event gives students hands-on exposure to airplane maintenance as part of the Grade 6 science curriculum component on the theory of flight.

It is part of a larger portfolio of educational programming that underpins the province’s aerospace industry.

In the Stevenson hangar, a number of planes and helicopters are available for the students to get close to, including a large Cesna Citation, a much smaller Piper Seneca and a four-seater Robinson R-44 helicopter.

Neil Lavoie, the chairman of Stevenson Campus, said the student population stays pretty constant at about 100.

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