The group had a fantastic insight into Falkland Islands Government Air Service learning all aspects of how it all works.
The first stop of the tour was a visit to the Airport Fire Section (Falkland Islands Fire & Rescue Service) to look at the fire trucks and equipment. Shupi Chipunza and Micky Goodwin took us for a drive in a truck, complete with the blue lights flashing to show the group the training ground and what the fire engine is capable of.
It was then time to head upstairs to the Air Traffic Control Tower. Here Cara Neilson showed the group how she was in charge of organising the flights that day and told them where the plane was heading by using a map and string. Mark Spruce was on radio control and talked to the group about his daily challenges. Mark's oddest day involved alerting everyone about a seal on the runway!
Before heading over to the hangar, the group gathered together at the check-in desk, so Charlene Rowlands could weigh everyone, as she would for all passengers flying with FIGAS.
Over at the hangar, we were greeted by Captain Bowles and John McLeod. They both talked about the history of the different aircraft and why it is so important to have an air service in the Islands. John talked about the engineering and fitters' side of the organisation. Captain Bowles talked about his experiences working at FIGAS, the funniest including a story about an escaped piglet! He also explained about the different aspects of his role as Chief Pilot which included his involvement with the air ambulance, fishery patrols, passenger flying, tourism, mail and freight and Doctor and Vet visits.
After looking around the hangar, the group were given a BIG SURPRISE! The group were treated to a short flight with Captain Alazia - this simply was the icing on the cake!
Thank you so, so much to the Manager, Morgan Goss and all his staff who looked after us on Saturday, we all had an incredible experience.
You are all AMAZING!