• Boeing showcases education programs in Parliament

    March 16, 2012 - The Boeing-sponsored challenge is designed to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers and to underscore Boeing’s commitment to the UK.

    “It was very encouraging to see so many young people gathered in the Houses of Parliament today” said Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing United Kingdom and Ireland. “At this event and others to come – including at the Farnborough Airshow in July - Boeing highlights to government representatives and industry stakeholders the social benefits of youth access to aviation and the vital connection such activities have with the future prosperity of the British aerospace industry.  It is also good to demonstrate to political decision-makers Boeing’s growing presence in the UK, with over 1,200 employees, 250 suppliers and both commercial and defense customers.”

    The ‘Youth in Aviation’ event, organized in collaboration with The Air League, celebrated the achievements of the participating voluntary organizations, with the key message for parliamentarians being that aviation is not just for the privileged few. It was attended by students and teachers of the schools involved in the Build a Plane project (who met with their local Members of Parliament), the Air Cadets, Air Scouts, Light Aircraft Association, Royal Aeronautical Society Young Members and Aerobility, a charity to encourage disabled people to learn to fly.

    The gathering also offered the opportunity to directly engage parliamentarians on issues such as maintaining investment in R&D, establishing a more formal link between industry and volunteering and encouraging greater connectivity between aerospace and formal education.

    Boeing UK proudly supports education and environment projects such as The Schools Build a Plane Challenge in partnership with The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), The Prince’s Trust, The National Memorial Arboretum and The Earth Restoration Service. Boeing UK organise events throughout the year to integrate all these activities. This ensures that the individuals from very diverse paths of life who are involved meet and share their experiences, maximising the effect of each individual project.

    The Air League, with His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as patron, was formed in 1909 with the object of encouraging the nation to appreciate the vital importance of air superiority. Perhaps the most lasting achievement of the Air League in its first 30 years was to found the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1938, which is now the Air Cadets.  Over 100 years after it was formed, the Air League’s mission is to enhance national understanding of the importance to the UK of aviation and aerospace, and to excite young people’s interest in these areas by helping them get involved.

    Photo: Emma Reynolds MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Aerospace Group meets Louis, a Marling school student building a plane with Boeing.