Aerprize Interview Day

Finalists selected from among hundreds of students throughout Ireland who registered for the Aerprize competition gathered with their teachers and parents for Aerprize Interview Day at Atlantic Flight Training Academy in Cork on March 16. Seosamh Somers, president of Angel City Flyers in Long Beach, California and competition sponsor, interviewed each finalist. “It was a great day,” Somers said. “The finalists all demonstrated truly impressive discipline, commitment, creativity, and grasp of STEM principles.”

Seanad Éireann leader Jerry Buttimer attended the event, addressing the finalists and noting the importance of aviation in Ireland’s economy.

The finalists also toured AFTA’s airport and Little Island facilities, took tests on spatial awareness, numerical reasoning and abstract reasoning, and completed an exercise in AFTA’s 737 simulator with AFTA Chief Ground Instructor Kyle Johnston. In the SIM, the students “landed” the Boeing 737 at Los Angeles International Airport.

Two of the finalists shown below will be chosen as Aerprize winners, and will actually land in a real aircraft in Los Angeles in July. They will train for their private pilot certificate for six weeks at Angel City Flyers in Long Beach, all expenses paid. The winners will be announced in mid-April.

Sponsored by Angel City Flyers, Aerprize is a collaboration between the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA), Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) in Cork, and the Institute of Physics in Ireland.

2018 03 23 Aerprize Finalists Certs

Back row L to R: Seosamh Somers, Angel City Flyers president and competition sponsor, Paddy White, Clongowes Wood College; Peter Kirk, Pobalscoil Na Tríonóde; Alan Slater, St. Andrew’s College; Omar Salem, Sutton Park School; Jack Dorrian, Pobalscoil Na Tríonóde; and Shane Murphy, Clonkeen College.

Front row L to R: Senator Jerry Buttimer, Senead Éireann leader; Conor Kennedy, Castleknock College; Carmel Byrne, Clodagh Kelly, Eva O’Byrne, and Liduska Nagyova, Eureka Secondary School; Conrad Schaefer, St. Andrew’s College; Ciarán Haverty, Clonkeen College; Dr. Conor O’Brien, ISTA president; and Kyle Johnston, chief ground instructor, AFTA.