Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has deployed pilots and engineers at Think Science 2017 to promote aviation careers as part of national efforts to engage youth in science and technology.
The 18-20 April
event at Dubai World Trade Centre is organised by Emirates Foundation and is
one of the largest science fairs in the region.
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Managing Director of Emirates Foundation,
officially opened the event and later toured EAG’s stand.
Visitors to EAG’s
stand will be able to get behind the controls of a flight simulator and
experience what it’s like to fly an aircraft. Pilots and cadet pilots are on
hand to answer questions from those considering a career in the skies.
Engineering representatives are present, displaying a jet engine model, to
outline what’s involved in supporting the airline’s 120-plus fleet of aircraft.
A video display also highlights EAG’S role in developing biofuel through the
pioneering ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium.’
Captain Salah Al
Farajalla, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Security and National Pilot
Development, said: “It is vital for the UAE’s economic development that we
attract young Emiratis into the professions that help fuel future growth. We
hope that our presence at Think Science 2017 will stimulate interest and
encourage discussion around
science and technology and encourage the UAE’s youth to pursue careers in these
dynamic fields, perhaps with Etihad Aviation Group.”
To inject fun and
interactivity into the stand experience, visitors will be able to compete on
the flight simulator to win a special visit for their school class to EAG’S
industry leading facilities in Abu Dhabi. The same prize will be granted to the
youngster demonstrating the most promising engineering prowess during a ‘wire
The Think Science Fair, launched in 2012, is
aimed at the 15-35 age group and draws thousands of visitors each year. The
government’s objective is to encourage cooperation between budding scientists
and the science and technology business sectors.