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Report by Aidan M, Beaver Scout
One evening all the Beavers went to Fairoaks Airport.  I was excited
to look at the planes and see how they work.  The first thing we did
was go through the safety rules.  There were things on the planes that
stopped them catching fire when they got hit by lightning.  We had to
be very careful not to knock them and make sure we told someone if we
did.  Then we went up to the control tower.  We learnt about how
planes send signals to the tower and take off and land safely.  There
was a clock in Zulu time that is used all over the world.  There were
cameras which see the planes on the runway and a button which called
the fire crew if there was a fire.  The man said not to press it
because the fire crew don’t like it when people disturb their tea and
biscuits!  Next we went to the big hangar where they keep the planes.
We saw the fire trucks and sat in a very expensive helicopter.  It had
a TV in it and it cost 6 million pounds, one single rotor blade cost
£40,000.  There was another plane for aerobatics that cost 10 million,
the wings were so strong you could put one car on each wing and it
wouldn’t break.  We saw lots of other planes in the hangar.  Then we
went out near the runway and saw some other planes.  The last plane to
land that day was due soon and the fire trucks were waiting for it
before they could go home.  I thought the trip was amazing and my
favourite part was going in the control tower.