A great day was enjoyed by all who attended the Aerprize Finals. The competitors did an aptitude test in spatial awareness, numerical reasoning and abstract reasoning, They were all interviewed by Seosamh Somers, Angel City Flyers Founder.
They all got to land the SIM and the chief instructor for AFTA observed how well they did. Half of the group went to AFTA's base in the airport (the SIM was in an industrial estate on Little Island) in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. At the airport, they got to see the briefing rooms, another smaller sim and tour the aircraft and hangers, hop in the cockpits etc, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
Senator Jerry Buttimer, the leader of the Senate, Minister for State at the Department of Defense, met the candidates and made a nice speech. All candidates received a framed certificate, along with a bag and a polo shirt which had the IoP and ISTA logos along with the Aerprize competition logo.
Aerprize is a collaborative effort among Angel City Flyers, the Long Beach, California flight school Somers founded and owns, the Irish Science Teachers' Association (ISTA), Atlantic Flight Training Academy in Cork, and the Institute of Physics in Ireland.
The two winners will be announced it on 15th April. www.aerprize.com
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