Local cubs and scouts treated to tour of Shannon Airport
Members of the 7th Wicklow Cubs and Scouts enjoyed a visit to the Atlantic Air Adventure Centre and a behind the scenes tour of Shannon Airport but ended up having an adventure of their own while returning home through heavy falling snow.
Saturday saw the cubs and scouts treated to a visit to the Atlantic Air Adventure Centre, an interactive aviation museum and centre providing fun programmes. The most popular aspect of the visit was the B737-800NG Flight Simulator, which allowed the Wicklow guests to experience the world through the eyes of an airline pilot.
On Sunday, the troop headed to Shannon Airport for a tour of operations behind the scenes. The youngsters went through security and viewed some of the items confiscated from passengers, including various weapons. They were also brought on a tour of the terminal building.
Scout Leader Fiona Byrne said: 'The cubs and scouts were waving at a landing plane and the pilot put on his window wipers to say hello back. He then rolled down the window and seemed to be indicating for them to come on board. Once that was confirmed, the troop were able to board the plane after the passengers had disembarked. Everyone got to visit the cockpit, sit in the pilot's seat and wear the pilot's hat. They were all thrilled.'
The journey home proved to be something of an ordeal as the Wicklow group ended up getting caught up in Sunday's heavy snow fall. Having departed from Shannon Airport at 1.45 p.m., they didn't manage to make it home until 10.10 p.m.. However, the delay failed to dampen the mood of the 7th Wicklow Cubs and Scouts.
'It wasn't ideal but they were all so good and well behaved. The fact they had such a brilliant time at the adventure centre and Shannon might have been a factor. We played a lot of games like charades. It was a long journey home but the visit was really worthwhile,' added Fiona.