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20 January 2014 06:02 pm

Al Khor Fly-In Inspires New Generation of Aviation Enthusiasts

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Qatari youth recently experienced firsthand the excitement in the science behind aviation and history at the Al Khor Fly-In through interactive educational programs co-sponsored by Boeing [NYSA:BA] and the Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC). Since 2008, the two-day event at the Al-Khor Airport in Qatar aims to connect the public with the passion of aviation enthusiasts and small aircraft displays. Boeing and the QAC contributed to the event by featuring interactive demonstrations of the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The educational programs were created and lead by representatives of the Museum of Flight from Seattle in the United States, with the support of Boeing employee volunteers and QAC student volunteers. “The QAC, along with Boeing, believes that the success of education is about connecting the passion of others with those eager to learn,” said Dr. Saeed Al Sulaiman, director of Academic Affairs and Registration QAC. “The Al Khor fly-in is a unique event that allowed us to participate by adding a playful education component for the interested public.” The Museum of Flight demonstrations included the “Flying Gizmo Show,” which helps youth discover the history and science of flight, and “Robot Garage,” which introduces the basic engineering ideas behind robotics. “We want to inspire young people across Qatar and help them pursue future careers in the sciences or aerospace,” said Jeff Johnson, Boeing Middle East president. “When you can create excitement while learning, anything can become possible in a young person’s mind.” Qatar Aeronautical College was founded in 1975 as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, QAC is now the Gulf region’s leading provider of training for the aviation industry. We offer full-time, approved courses for Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Meteorologists, Airport Operations Management Personnel and Flight Dispatchers, as well as short courses in a wide variety of aviation-related disciplines. Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries. Total company revenues for 2012 were $81.7 billion. - ILQ News -