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Devon’s dream takes flight following Airport work experience

A 15 year old budding pilot from Auckley has spent a week behind the scenes at his local airport gaining the experience of a lifetime.

Hayfield School’s Devon Wilson had the opportunity to carry out a one week work placement at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, where he was able to gain a valuable insight into the aviation and travel industry whilst also receiving expert advice on how to pursue his dream of becoming a Commercial Pilot.

Devon, delighted with the opportunity said: “I was really pleased when I received my acceptance letter. I’ve always wanted to be a commercial pilot so it was great to actually sit in the cockpit and watch the pilots at work. It was surprising to find out how much work is involved.”

Devon enjoyed an action packed week shadowing a variety of departments including Air Operations, Air Traffic Control and Servisair giving him the chance to develop his knowledge and skills by observing and taking part in the day to day operational activities.

Other highlights included a hands-on shift with the team at Anglo World Cargo and a memorable moment watching the Vulcan XH558 take flight.

Devon’s mum Dionne Wilson, who was thrilled with the exposure to the business Devon received, said: “I just cannot believe the week Devon has had! He has experienced every aspect of the airport and is so very lucky and privileged to have had this opportunity. Everyone made him feel so welcome and he met some wonderful people. This experience has made him even more determined to follow his dream.”

Steve Gill Airport Managing Director said: “We were delighted that Devon could join us for the week. Work experience is a valuable learning curve for young people and we were thrilled for Devon to join our team and learn about the daily operations within an airport.

“We hope that Devon’s passion for aviation remains and he fulfils his ambitions for the future.”

Devon will be completing his GCSE’s next academic year and later plans to his study A Levels at Hayfield School.