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Raymond Gardiner High School Students Visit Providenciales Airport

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Thursday, March 20th, 2014 –The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) yesterday hosted ten students of the Raymond Gardiner High School as they visited the Providenciales Airport. The students are in the final stage of preparation for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and were seeking practical application of concepts that they were studying.

The students who were accompanied by two teachers were interested in observing real-world applications of sound wave and audio frequencies; pressure differences; linear motion; and speed, velocity and acceleration.

Guiding them through the tour was Emmanuel Rigby, Executive Air Traffic Services Manager, who said to them “learn as much as you can as Turks and Caicos Islands needs you to be productive.” He went on to say that the Airports Authority will follow their progress through school as they can become future employees of the Airports Authority.

The first stop of their tour was an ad hoc familiarization visit to the cockpit of Air Turks and Caicos’ Embraer aircraft facilitated by Captain Harold Williams. Captain Antonio Clarke explained the operation of the flight deck amongst other things.

The Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) department demonstrated four drills to the students: donning and start drill, ladder drill, hose drill, and fire response time. Station Officer Standford Forbes stressed the importance of time in responding to emergencies which the students were able to observe during the drills.

In the control tower, the concept of speed and velocity was demonstrated by Air Traffic Control Supervisor, Eon Morrison who used exercises to drive home the point. He said that “velocity is the rate of change of the position of an object, equivalent to a specification of its speed and direction. Velocity has much significance in air traffic control.” He went on to explain the use of sound wave and audio frequencies as they relate to the control of aircraft.

The basic principles of meteorology including atmospheric pressure, low and high pressure systems and the roles it plays in aviation were explained by Kendre Wilson, the airport’s Meteorological Officer. Weather observation and reporting, being critical to the operation and control aircraft, is provided from the control tower to all users of the airspace.

The Airports Authority has an Air Traffic Engineering division that is responsible for the management and maintenance of all the electronic equipment that supports the air traffic control operation. A tour of one of the equipment rooms was conducted by engineers Winston Grant and Daryl Green.

In wrapping up the tour of the airport, Terminal Manager, Lavern Reynolds greeted the smartly dressed students and responded to their inquisitive questions. She gave an overview of the Terminal Development Project and commented “it is always rewarding to be able to share knowledge and foster the growth of our young people.”

Both the students and teachers expressed their appreciation for being facilitated on the tour of the airport facilities.

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