Newquay Tretherras students are working with the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) in a fantastic aviation restoration project.
The FRED project will see a Flying Runabout Experimental Design (FRED) aircraft rebuilt by a dedicated group of volunteers and students from Newquay Tretherras.
The FRED itself has been very kindly donated by an anonymous benefactor to CAHC, with the key aim to engage young people in aviation engineering and science.
Geoff Ogden, one of the Directors of CAHC commented, “We are really pleased to work with Tretherras, they are very supportive of the project and wasted no time in getting involved. One of the key aims of the project is to nurture the talent we have in Cornwall and create future jobs in Cornwall to keep our youngster here.”
The FRED project is also about engaging the students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). So far seven Year 12 Physicists and three Year 10 Engineering students from Newquay Tretherras have got involved with the project and more are expected to join as it grows. Two additional volunteers, further education students, have also joined, using the project to kick start a career in engineering.
Miss Sally Pass, teacher of Science at Newquay Tretherras commented, ‘This is a very exciting project and one that offers very real applications for all our students interested in any of the STEM subjects.’
The Project officially got underway at the start of January, with the aim to see FRED fly this time next year by CAHC volunteer and experienced pilot Olly Smith.
One of the biggest challenges faced by the project is the need for funding and the FRED project is constantly looking for support to keep it going.
Geoff Ogden explains, ‘We are really excited and appreciative of the work the students and volunteers have put in after school hours. I must give a huge thank you to the Tretherras PTA who have already offered considerable funding to get us going. However, more funding is needed if the plane is to take to the skies and we would welcome any donations kindly.’
The CAHC is committed to offer learning to its volunteers and to inspire the next generation of engineers.