Sunday, October 31, 2010

A trip to Nelson Airport to see the helicopters

Bede and his family had invited a small group of afternoon children to visit the helicopter hangar at the Nelson Airport.  With great excitement we set off to with lots of parents as helpers.
What an amazing opportunity and Bede's Dad had lots of new and exciting adventures for us.
There was time to explore the helicopter inside and out, ask loads of questions and find out what it might be like to be a helicopter pilot.
We tried out the winch and harness to pull us up into the rescue helicopter safely in the case of an emergency.  Then the children decided that I should have a go too, and I have to say that I was pretty keen to give it a go.

Bede and Mum were helping Dad strap everyone in safely, waiting for the thumbs up to start the lifting, checking in that all was well below.
Bede's Dad took him for a ride in the blue helicopter and we watched on, as the helicopter hovered above the ground in front of us and then turned to land again further away.  I smiled as one child said, that isn't fair because my Mum doesn't have her licence to fly helicopters.  It wasn't possible for the children to fly that day, but there may now be lots of children asking for helicopter trips after this. 
  There was a smaller helicopter alongside the rescue helicopter and the boys wanted their photo taken standing in front of it.  Boys dream about being a pilot one day.
 We also discovered that there was a NZ Flying Doctor aeroplane operating out of Nelson.We watched as the pilot backed the plane out with his little tractor, getting the aeroplane ready for its next flight.
Thank you to Bede and his family, we had a fantastic time at the helicopter hangar, and thank you so much for making it possible for us to find out the rescue helicopter and see you and Bede fly in one together.  I am sure that it made many children's dreams a reality and adults too.

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