We all know that kids get excited when they see planes up close, and our Eco Warriors from Begawan Learning Centre were no exception! On 14 April, 32 students embarked on an amazing field trip to the I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, Indonesia. The purpose of the trip was to learn about biomimicry in transportation, introducing the students to various types of transportation inspired by nature, such as aircraft wings that mimic birds’ wings and radar systems that take inspiration from the echolocation used by dolphins.
Discussions with Aviation Experts
During the field trip, the students had the opportunity to discuss aviation with two experts in the field, Mr. Yusuf from the air navigation department, and Mr. Deni from the airport authority. The experts covered the history and development of aviation, the different types of aircraft, and the physics behind flight. The students actively asked questions to satisfy their curiosity about various aspects of aviation.
The students were also given information about various careers in aviation, inspiring them to consider potential career paths for their own futures. During a break, the students participated in a mini-drama where they acted out various roles as airport staff, including security personnel, check-in counter agents, porters, cabin crew members, aircraft engineers, navigators and pilots.
Observing Planes Taking off and Landing
The highlight of the field trip was when the students were able to observe planes taking off and landing from the side of the airport runway, facilitated by the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). The students were fascinated by the different types of planes from various airlines parked at the airport. Although they were not able to enter the real aircraft for safety reasons and operational constraints, this was a memorable and exciting experience for the students.
Visiting AirCrew Sensation
To further enrich the experience, the students also visited AirCrew Sensation where they explored the inside and outside of a non-operating aircraft. They were thrilled to see the turbine engines, cockpit rooms, wings, aircraft windows, interior, passenger safety equipment, and more. The students eagerly sat in both the pilot and passenger seats, touched the controls, stood on the plane wings, and even touched the landing gear. They took pictures to remember this unforgettable experience.
The field trip was a tremendous success, and the students gained valuable knowledge about the aviation industry. This was an enriching experience since the students had the opportunity to observe planes up close for the first time. Begawan Learning Centre is grateful to the Ngurah Rai Airport Authority, AirNav Indonesia, and TNI AU for their support and collaboration. We look forward to further collaborations in the working world that will provide meaningful experiences for our students in the future. (Desy)