We had a fantastic time yesterday when we joined our friends at Heathrow Airport for their annual family day. When you are working long shifts, weekends and holidays away from your family it is great to be able bring them to the airport to see what goes on behind the scenes. It was also really good to share the day with colleagues from other airport organisations and find out a bit more about what they do. There is so much fascinating stuff that goes on at airports from runway lights to people looking after wildlife around the airport. There was something for everyone and judging by the smiling faces a great time was had by all. The weather was mostly glorious (we think the Met Office arranged that from their van), the setting unique and the atmosphere really good.
A big event
The family day takes place at our Heathrow Hangar and the surrounding stands. Families can visit displays by many airport organisations, tour one of our aircraft and see a breath-taking display by the Heathrow Fire Service. They could also look at and sit in a huge array of specialist airport equipment, everything from Follow Me cars to giant snow ploughs. The police were displaying their vehicles old and new from the latest helicopter to a Morris Minor Panda car from the 60s. For the youngest children there was a steam locomotive and an array of bouncy castles and other attractions.
On hand to make things go smoothly were a number of our Engineers, Cabin Crew and pilots and running the show from our Hangar team was Andy Currey, one of our Engineering Managers at the hangar.