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Pilot

Rookies Akshita and Sam take off into the world of aviation, taking to the skies in a small aircraft with mentor Tony, who puts them through their paces.


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We push our rookies hard. They see the good...

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How cool is this?!

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-..the bad...

-Oh!

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..and the downright astonishing.

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We give them glamour...

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show them excitement...

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..get their hands dirty...

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put them under pressure...

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-Oh, no.

-No, no!

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..make them laugh...

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all so they can experience their dream jobs.

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Today, our rookies want to be pilots.

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But will they fly like eagles or are their ambitions just pie in the sky?

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Let's find out as we go All Over The Workplace!

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Do you dream of being the person who makes those announcements

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on a plane like, "We're flying at 35,000ft"?

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Well, we're about to meet two rookies desperate to do just that,

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and fly the plane, of course.

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This is your captain speaking,

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please fasten your seat belts as we're experiencing

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some slight turbulence.

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Sorry.

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First on the runway is nine-year-old

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Sam from Northern Ireland.

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I would like to be a pilot

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because you get to travel

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to different places

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and you get paid for it.

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Long-haul flights

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wouldn't be a problem for me,

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because I just love staying up late.

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Ready for take off is Akshita.

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Flying is really exhilarating

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and that feeling of being up

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in the air is amazing.

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Not many girls are pilots,

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so I think it would be really nice

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to bring some more girls

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into the industry.

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That's why I'm really passionate

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to become a female pilot.

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We've propelled rookie flyers Sam and Akshita to the Peak District

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for the start of their adventure. Chocks away!

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Oh, what a magnificent view!

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Hi, Sam, Akshita, how are you doing?

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-Good.

-Good.

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So, Sam, why do you want to be a pilot?

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Because I love the responsibility of the plane and I just love flying.

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Sounds good to me. Akshita, why do you want to be a pilot?

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I want to be an inspiration to girls,

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because there's not many of them in the industry.

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There aren't many women pilots, are there?

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It would be fantastic to have a role model like you,

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inspiring a whole new generation of pilots.

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Let's see what your parents think.

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Sam can be quite forgetful.

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That would be a bit of a problem if he was going to be a pilot,

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cos he might forget what airport he was landing at,

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or he might forget to land.

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He just wants to go through things as quick as possible,

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and it would be good if he could work on maybe slowing down.

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One thing that she needs to work on probably is

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she gets tired very quickly,

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so she might need to work on that a little bit

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because with long flights and long stays abroad and all that,

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she will come home very tired.

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So, Akshita, apparently you fall asleep all the time.

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-What do you think about that?

-I think I should work on that.

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Especially if you're going to fly to Australia.

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You can't fall asleep over the Pacific Ocean, can you?

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What about you, Sam? You're very forgetful, apparently?

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My parents are talking rubbish!

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Come on, don't say that about your parents.

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You'd set off on your way to Heathrow

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and you'd end up at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

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-No, I wouldn't!

-Well, I hope not.

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Let's go and find out about your first assignment. Come on.

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We're about to reveal to the rookies a surprise from the skies.

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Open the doors!

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MUSIC: 2001 - A Space Odyssey Theme

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Do you know what they are?

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No.

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-Any idea?

-Is it a glider?

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It is a glider, you're absolutely right.

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This is the first opportunity that young people have

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to actually pilot an aircraft.

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-Whoa!

-Whoa, yeah.

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-Come on, shall we go and have a look?

-Yeah.

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Gliding is sometimes referred to as the purest form of flying.

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Gliders are usually unpowered

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and they use the same natural air currents that birds use to fly.

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Meet our first mentor.

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Andrew Neofytou began his flying career

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on the Royal Navy Air Force scholarship

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and from then on, it was his sole mission to become a pilot.

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He did an aeronautical degree

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before becoming a Royal Navy military pilot, aged 22.

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Andrew, could you tell our rookies what your three top tips are

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for becoming a pilot?

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As a pilot you've got to have a lot of technical knowledge.

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So you need to make sure that you work hard at school,

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so you can pass all the exams you need to become a pilot

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and when you are a pilot, you can really work hard

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at maintaining your knowledge.

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The second tip I've got is, don't let anyone tell you you can't do it.

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And even if you think sometimes, "This is getting a bit difficult",

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keep motivated - you can do it.

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And a third top tip is, have a different interest,

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cos it makes it more interesting when you're at work.

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Andrew's top tips for being a pilot are...

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Pass all your exams

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and maintain your knowledge when you become a pilot.

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Keep motivated, even if you think it's getting difficult.

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Thirdly...

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It makes life more interesting.

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Do you have an engine in a glider?

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-The idea of gliding is we fly without an engine.

-Yeah.

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So we have to use all of the atmospheric conditions that we can

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to keep ourselves up in the air.

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It's a real challenge. Basically, we fly like birds.

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Why is gliding a brilliant way to start flying?

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You can actually go solo when you're only 14 years old.

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Not only are you getting to learn how to fly an aeroplane

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and learn how all the controls work,

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but it really develops your knowledge of what the weather does

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and all the different conditions you get used to when you're a pilot.

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And when you're flying at 14 years old

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and all of your friends at school ask you what you did on your weekend

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and you can't even drive a car, that's pretty cool, isn't it?

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Yeah.

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Right, Andrew, what assignment have you got for our rookies?

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Are you ready for this, guys?

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Your assignment today is to go and fly in a glider

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and actually take the controls.

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You're going to actually get to fly the aeroplane. How does that feel?

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-Whoa!

-Pretty cool?

-BOTH:

-Yeah.

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My three top tips for becoming a pilot is firstly,

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when you do start flying, do it regularly,

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so you can build those skills that you need to be a pilot.

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Secondly, take all the opportunities that you can get.

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Apply for grants, join the Air Cadets,

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so you can learn about aviation and go flying.

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And finally, don't be afraid to ask questions.

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There's a good chance you'll get the answer that you want.

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Good luck, Sam and Akshita.

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Time for Andrew to give the rookies the glider tour.

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Open up the canopy first,

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lower yourself in and put your feet all the way forward.

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-Can you reach the stick?

-Yeah.

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Moving the control column right and left controls the ailerons.

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So, they help roll the glider.

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So if you're looking out the front,

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the glider will either roll to the left or it will roll to the right.

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And forwards and backwards controls the elevators.

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If we pull the stick back,

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the elevator goes up, and if you push it forward, it goes down.

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Pulling the blue lever applies the air brake on the wing.

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Have you ever stuck your hand out of the car window

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-and felt it sort of getting pushed back?

-Yeah.

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That's exactly what these do.

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And there's also a special dual-control feature

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to the control column.

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Have you noticed how you move one

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and then the other one moves as well?

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When you're flying with the instructor,

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they'll be demonstrating just how that works

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and how you control the aircraft and you'll feel it.

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How do we know who's flying the aeroplane

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when there's two of you in here?

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Pretty important, isn't it, to know who's flying?

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Otherwise no-one might be flying!

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So when the instructor gives you control, he will say to you...

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Let's say he's saying it to Sam, so he goes, "Sam, you have control."

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What are you going to reply back to him?

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-I have control.

-Perfect.

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And if the instructor, we'll pretend that's Akshita now.

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So Akshita's the instructor and she wants to take control back again.

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-She's going to say...

-I have control.

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And what are you going to say, Sam? When Akshita...

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-I have control.

-No...

-You have control.

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-Exactly!

-Anything on your mind? Any concerns or...?

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-No, not really.

-No?

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-What about you, Sam?

-No, not really.

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No, Sam's ready for it, aren't you?

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Very blase.

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Do you think he's going to fit?

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This is terrible! Ahh!

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I can't get in here. I can't fly this, look at this!

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I can't get it.

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I think we should just leave Alex to it, then. See you later, Alex.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

-Where are you going? Hang on!

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I can't get... Andrew!

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Before the rookies can take to the air, it's back to the classroom.

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Now, when I move the control column back or the joystick back,

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can you see what it's controlling on the back there?

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-The elevator.

-Exactly.

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Andrew explains some crucial flight theory.

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I hope they're paying attention,

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this could be vital when they're up in the air.

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Listen and learn, there are four forces acting on a plane in flight.

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They are lift, gravity, thrust and drag.

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Lift is when the pressure on top of the wing

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is lower than the pressure under it.

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This causes the wing to be lifted upwards.

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The shape of the wing is designed so that the air flowing over it

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will have to travel a greater distance and faster.

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That makes for lower air pressure above.

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The higher air pressure under the wing causes lift,

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making the plane rise.

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Gravity pulls the plane vertically downwards,

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exactly like dropping a stone.

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Thrust is a force made by the aircraft engine,

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similar to a car engine pushing a vehicle forwards.

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Gliders don't have engines, though,

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so they use gravity to provide the forward motional thrust.

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If they tip the nose forwards, it starts falling faster.

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Drag is when the friction of the air slows the plane down.

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Got that? I hope Sam and Akshita have!

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Andrew gives Sam and Akshita a lesson in the glider simulator

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before they're ready to get airborne.

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Follow me through on the stick.

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-Is he going to let go of the wing, that fella?

-Yeah, there he goes.

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-Whoa!

-Look at that.

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-Whoo!

-Pretty cool, ey?

-Whoa!

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-You've seen a launch.

-Yeah.

-Now it's your turn.

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Experienced pilot Mike is accompanying Akshita

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on her first glider flight.

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There we are, we're setting off now.

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Since the glider doesn't have an engine,

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it's pulled into the air by a tow wire.

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-OK!

-OK?

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Now, you can see if you look out sideways at the wings,

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-how steeply we're climbing.

-Yeah!

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This is so cool!

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What do you think to that?

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That is just... I don't know how!

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-It's like a big kite, isn't it?

-It IS like a kite.

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It's just like a kite, yeah.

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We're about to hear a thud as the tow wire is released,

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leaving the glider to fly free.

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We're now at 1,000ft, so that didn't take long, did it?

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Are you OK there?

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-Yeah.

-OK.

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Put your hand on the stick now and you can feel what's going on.

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By following Mike's controls on the joystick,

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Akshita can get a feel for the glider.

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This is so awesome!

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Do you want to try moving it forward yourself, then? You have control.

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-I don't want to.

-You don't want to have control?

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OK, no pressure.

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Akshita has decided to just sit back and take in the view.

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But shouldn't a budding pilot be keen to get her hands

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on the controls?

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And we straighten up...

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The air brakes are going to come out on the wings

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and bring us down more steeply.

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The cars look like toys.

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There we are, we're coming to the ground now.

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There's the ground.

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-Feel the bounces?

-Whoa!

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SHE LAUGHS

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I wonder if it's relief or amusement making Akshita laugh?

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-How was that, Akshita?

-It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.

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Ha-ha, good!

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How was her control column technique?

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She just wanted to feel the controls,

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-so she felt the controls and felt what I was doing.

-OK.

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But decided she didn't want to actually move them herself, so...

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OK, fair enough. But you could feel how it was moving?

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High-five! Nice one.

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Over to Sam.

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-Nervous at all?

-No, no nerves.

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-That's the spirit. OK, off you go.

-OK.

-Good luck.

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-Canopy coming down.

-Yep.

-And we're in.

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-We're in!

-Here we go!

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It's so fast!

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And we're airborne! And we're up, we're into the climb.

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-How cool is this?!

-HE LAUGHS

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-Right, we're at 800ft already.

-Wow!

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-A thousand...

-1,000ft.

-1,000ft, yep, you've got it.

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-60 knots.

-60 knots.

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Oh, you know all about the instruments, then?

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There's the cable come off.

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I pull the release twice to make sure it's gone.

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Hanging in the air.

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How did you feel when the cable came off before, Akshita?

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-It was a very loud noise.

-Big bang, yeah.

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Whoa, we're surfing!

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Yep, surfing the wind now.

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Surf the wind!

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Right, do you want to put your right hand on the stick?

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-You have control?

-Yeah.

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If we move it forwards. So just move it down a little bit.

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-See the nose going down?

-Yeah, and we're creating speed.

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-We're lifting speed.

-That's right.

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-Converting height into speed.

-Wow!

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And then when we want to slow down, we move the stick back.

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Very sensitive, isn't it?

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-And then we are reducing speed down to 55. Now, 50.

-That's it.

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There you go!

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I'm just going to push the stick to the right a bit,

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-keep the wings level. You see how sensitive it is?

-Yes.

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The nose comes up.

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Whoa, it's so nice round here!

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I think we can safely say, Sam is loving this!

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Going to put my left hand on the air brakes now, so I'm ready to land.

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Yep.

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So, the air brakes are out, no?

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-No, not yet. You'll feel when they come out.

-Right.

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Opening the air brakes now,

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-you'll feel us coming down more quickly.

-Yeah.

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The ground's coming up. It'll be a little bit bumpy, but...

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Whoa!

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There we go!

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We have landed!

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-Sam, how was that?

-Oh, it was amazing.

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-Yeah? You enjoyed it, yourself?

-Yeah.

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-What was the best bit?

-Erm, probably the landing.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-And Mike, how was he? Was he a good passenger?

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He was very good.

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He took the controls as well, tried a little bit with the controls.

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-Another beautiful landing, if I may say so.

-Right, yeah.

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Lovely to watch. Poetry in motion.

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-Are you ready for this?

-Yeah, I think so.

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I've just got one question.

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You know, like, when you're flying and you're on the radio,

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and you sort of say, "I'm at 35,000ft - Roger."

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Who's Roger?

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Is he, like, the air-traffic controller or something?

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-Get flying.

-Hey, what are you doing? What are you doing?!

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Who's Roger?!

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What's the big secret?

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Hang on...!

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Brace yourself, Riley!

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Wha-hey, look at that!

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Wow! 0-60 in 2.5 seconds!

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I was feeling quite nervous before I went up,

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but now I'm really happy that I did it.

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It was just everything I'd hoped, and better.

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The training we did with Andy was really useful,

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because it reminded me of what the different controls do

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and how they affect the plane.

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I took control, and when I took control, I just felt free.

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Sam, you knew nearly all the answers to all my questions,

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and it was great to see such enthusiasm.

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-MIKE:

-When you took the controls, you knew which way to move them.

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You'd already done quite a lot of study on it -

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so I was very impressed with you.

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You could have focused a little bit more on what was happening.

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It's really good to see such enthusiasm, but as a pilot,

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you've got to direct that enthusiasm in the right way.

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Akshita, I thought your knowledge was excellent today,

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you really applied yourself.

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You followed through on the controls.

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You didn't want to control it yourself, but that's fine -

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at this stage, on your first flight, you just need to enjoy it.

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A little bit further forward and stop.

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OK. Now, on the count of three,

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I want you to take your blindfolds off.

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One, two, three!

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BOTH: Whoa!

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What do you think about that, then?!

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-Whoa!

-It's big, isn't it?

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-Yeah!

-Huge!

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-Whoa!

-Well, you've already had a taste of the purest form of flying,

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-with the gliders.

-Yeah.

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Now, we're going to find out about the commercial side of flying...

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-Yeah.

-..as you find out how to fly big jets like these!

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-Whoa!

-Come with me, then!

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We are in Manchester,

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and we've come to the airport to get a real close-up look

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at a passenger jet.

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And for their next assignment,

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the rookies are going to be helped along the way by India Allix.

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India comes from a flying family.

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She applied for her private pilot's licence at 19.

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She then passed various exams

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and applied for her commercial pilot's licence,

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which allows her to fly passenger airliners.

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India now has over 2,500 flying hours under her belt.

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Let's hear her top tips.

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I would say number one, make sure you work hard at school,

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make sure you study hard.

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Number two, make sure you keep fit, because every year,

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we have to undertake medical examinations.

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And number three,

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make sure that you're prepared to work early mornings and late nights,

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because the hours are very varied.

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India's number one tip is the same as Andrew's...

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This can't be stressed enough.

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You have regular medical checks as a pilot,

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so keeping fit and healthy is crucial.

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Lastly...

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There are lots of early starts and late finishes as a pilot,

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so be ready for that.

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How does it feel to be a female pilot,

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because there aren't very many?

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I really enjoy it, because it's different, it's exciting.

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Do you do long-haul or short-haul flights?

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Just short-haul at the moment.

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Eventually, I'll be doing some long-haul.

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An airline pilot is responsible for the whole aircraft,

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so they must do a full check before they fly.

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-Next, we'll come round to the tyres.

-Yep.

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And we're checking that there's no tears.

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So, do you want to have a look for me and see if you can see anything?

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I hope you're checking that thoroughly, Sam.

0:18:020:18:04

So, we're also checking that there's no leaks, such as oil leaks,

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and we're checking the condition of the lights,

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making sure there's no dents, scratches.

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No ice.

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No birds.

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The rookies won't actually be flying this aircraft today,

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but they will be getting a taste of what it would be like,

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in a hi-tech aircraft simulator.

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Hello. My name is Paul Bonhomme.

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I'm a 747 captain, an aerobatic display pilot

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and a three-times Air Race world champion.

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My three top tips for flying aeroplanes - firstly...

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Imagine what's going to happen first - much easier when it then happens.

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Number two...

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Always ask yourself, "What if this happens? What if that happens?"

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Don't wait for something to happen and not be ready.

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And three...

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The day you think you know it all about flying,

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is probably the day you should stop, because you will never, ever

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stop learning about new things flying aeroplanes.

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To the simulator, Roger!

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Real pilots have to train using simulators like this one

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to gain qualifications for flying different types of aircraft.

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Kestrel 01, you are clear for take off, surface wind is calm.

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The simulators help pilots gain experience of flying,

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without actually leaving the ground.

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Captain of the first simulator flight is Akshita.

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Pitch down a little bit.

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So, come round to the right.

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And push down.

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Pull back slightly

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cos your speed is increasing a little bit.

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And pull back.

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Those mountains seem pretty close, Akshita!

0:19:530:19:55

-VOICE RECORDING:

-Caution, terrain! Caution, terrain!

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-Are we reaching the mountains?

-Yeah, we're near the mountains now.

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Pull up! Pull up!

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Near miss there, Akshita.

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Let's hope your landing's smoother!

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It's quite hard to keep it in the centre and balanced.

0:20:100:20:14

-100 above.

-Keep it coming down.

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As Akshita brings the plane in for landing,

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she seems far more composed than Alex.

0:20:180:20:20

When you hear, "30ft", just pull back a little bit, yeah?

0:20:200:20:23

OK.

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50.

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40.

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30.

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20...

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Fuel input. 10.

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Just keep it coming down.

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Pretty good landing from Akshita.

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But she seems to have steered into the grass after touchdown.

0:20:380:20:41

Don't think the passengers would be too pleased!

0:20:410:20:43

Bumpy ride, Alex?

0:20:430:20:45

Hello, this is your captain speaking.

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It should be a smooth flight.

0:20:470:20:49

Should be a smooth flight? OK, well, I'm looking forward to it, then.

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And pull back now.

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That's good.

0:20:570:20:58

-Well done.

-Sam seems to be focused on the job.

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Flying a passenger jet is a serious business, after all.

0:21:040:21:07

So, you pull it out. Yeah, great.

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Just make very small movements. You're doing really well.

0:21:100:21:14

Captain Sam begins his descent towards landing.

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Looks like you've got the hang of it. You're doing really well.

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ALARM BLEEPS

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When it says 30, just pull back.

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-VOICE RECORDING:

-50,

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40,

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30,

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20...

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Nervous, Alex? 10...

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Fuel input.

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And now you can pull these back. Put your hand in here.

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Now, pull them all the way back.

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Great landing!

0:21:370:21:38

Alex can breathe a sigh of relief.

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India was a big inspiration to me,

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because she's exactly what I want to be.

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I thought India seemed quite young, and that really inspires me,

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because I really want to be a pilot when I'm young.

0:21:490:21:53

I still really want to be a commercial pilot,

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because I've now felt how it is to be in the front seat.

0:21:540:21:58

I'm learning lots at the moment,

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so I think I'm going to be able to be a pilot soon.

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-INDIA:

-Sam, you were really enthusiastic from the start.

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You made small movements,

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exactly how you're supposed to fly the aircraft.

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Akshita, the only thing I would recommend

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is to work on your reaction times.

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Apart from that, everything was fantastic.

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Our rookies have learned how to control a glider,

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and face the challenge of landing a passenger jet in a flight simulator.

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Now, it's time to put everything they've learned to the test.

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And I know just the man to help them.

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Tony Partakis has been flying light aircraft for over 32 years,

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and has been a qualified instructor for 20 of those.

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Tony will be in charge of the aircraft

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for the rookies' next flight.

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And with over 10,000 flying hours under his belt,

0:22:420:22:45

he should be a great mentor.

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All pilots need to be able to navigate, because let's face it,

0:22:470:22:51

if you don't know where you're going,

0:22:510:22:52

you're not going to be much of a pilot.

0:22:520:22:54

Tony's going to teach the rookies how to plot their route.

0:22:540:22:58

Route plotted, onto the pre-flight checks.

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This is no ordinary flight.

0:23:010:23:03

If Tony's confident enough in Sam and Akshita's piloting abilities,

0:23:030:23:06

he'll allow them to actually fly the plane.

0:23:060:23:09

Again, those all-too-crucial checks.

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And Sam and Akshita are watching closely.

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There's fuel in there.

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It's about half-tanks.

0:23:150:23:17

-Yeah.

-Move it up and move it down like that and we're ready to go.

0:23:170:23:21

-Are you all excited?

-BOTH: Yeah.

-Let's go for it.

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In 1903, American brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright

0:23:300:23:34

became the first inventors to get a contraption into the air.

0:23:340:23:37

It flew barely the width of a football pitch

0:23:370:23:39

and was in the air for only 12 seconds.

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But it flew!

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The age of flight had begun.

0:23:430:23:45

Since 1903, aircraft have constantly changed,

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becoming faster and more efficient.

0:23:480:23:50

In 2016, a solar-powered aeroplane circled the globe

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for the first time.

0:23:540:23:56

New methods of transporting cargo are also being developed,

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and one day, passengers may travel in these giant airships, too.

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The ultimate in personal transport could soon be available

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for those who can afford it - a flying car.

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Ideal for avoiding busy motorways!

0:24:090:24:12

It's take off time.

0:24:140:24:16

Will Sam and Akshita be good enough to actually take control

0:24:160:24:19

of the plane?

0:24:190:24:21

Good view. Fantastic day to go flying.

0:24:210:24:23

Absolutely amazing!

0:24:230:24:25

He's loving it! He's loving it!

0:24:270:24:29

Sam's big moment is upon us.

0:24:290:24:31

Tony seems confident in him,

0:24:320:24:34

so he's about to pass over the control of the plane.

0:24:340:24:37

-Are you ready?

-Yeah.

0:24:370:24:39

-You have control.

-I have control.

0:24:390:24:41

-How does it feel, Sam, to be...?

-Absolutely amazing!

0:24:420:24:45

Sam flew an Airbus in a simulator but that wasn't real.

0:24:470:24:52

This is real. He's actually piloting a light aircraft.

0:24:520:24:56

-Pretty impressive!

-Yeah, it's really impressive.

0:24:570:25:00

Very modest, Sam(!)

0:25:000:25:02

Tony's going to land the plane, as that is a very tricky manoeuvre.

0:25:020:25:05

But Sam has piloted brilliantly.

0:25:050:25:08

Now for Akshita's big moment in the skies.

0:25:080:25:10

She, too, has proved herself ready to take the helm.

0:25:100:25:13

How does it compare to the simulator?

0:25:140:25:16

It's similar, compared to the simulator,

0:25:160:25:19

because you have to keep it balanced.

0:25:190:25:22

Is it easier than the simulator?

0:25:220:25:24

Yeah.

0:25:240:25:25

Look at that.

0:25:270:25:28

Akshita - she's only just learnt about the controls of an aeroplane,

0:25:280:25:32

and here she is, 2,000ft above the countryside, flying a plane.

0:25:320:25:36

She's ten years old.

0:25:360:25:37

Hang on a minute.

0:25:380:25:40

She's ten years old?

0:25:400:25:41

That was absolutely awesome!

0:25:440:25:46

I didn't feel very confident controlling the glider,

0:25:460:25:50

but I felt more confident controlling the aircraft.

0:25:500:25:53

It's so exciting that I just flew a plane and I'm only nine years old.

0:25:530:25:57

I've learnt a lot about being a pilot

0:25:570:25:58

and I still want to become one.

0:25:580:26:00

I'm going to try and get my pilot's licence as soon as possible,

0:26:000:26:03

cos I really want to fly.

0:26:030:26:05

Sam, you just need to stay a little bit more focused.

0:26:050:26:08

Rather than look outside, concentrate on the flying

0:26:080:26:12

and occasionally look at the instruments.

0:26:120:26:14

Akshita, your confidence grew as the flight progressed.

0:26:140:26:19

I was very impressed with the way that you were focused,

0:26:190:26:22

and you seemed to have attention to detail.

0:26:220:26:26

Our rookies have soared high in the skies,

0:26:260:26:29

flying a glider, a commercial airline simulator,

0:26:290:26:32

and actually taking control of a light aircraft.

0:26:320:26:35

But have they got what it takes to propel themselves

0:26:350:26:38

into careers as pilots?

0:26:380:26:40

Sam, I think if you focus and you work really hard,

0:26:460:26:50

I think you could be a very successful pilot.

0:26:500:26:52

I definitely think you could become a pilot one day,

0:26:520:26:54

as long as you keep motivated and focused and study hard.

0:26:540:26:59

Sam, you definitely have potential, you weren't nervous,

0:26:590:27:03

so I have no doubt that you could make a good pilot.

0:27:030:27:05

I'm sure you could make it as a pilot, Akshita.

0:27:050:27:07

What you're going to need to do, though,

0:27:070:27:09

is to practise and practise and build your confidence.

0:27:090:27:12

You absolutely can be successful -

0:27:120:27:14

just work on your confidence and you'll absolutely be a pilot.

0:27:140:27:18

From what I saw, and the way that your confidence grew

0:27:180:27:21

as the flight progressed,

0:27:210:27:22

I have no doubt at all that you could make it as a pilot.

0:27:220:27:26

Sam, do you still want to be an airline pilot?

0:27:270:27:29

-Definitely, yes.

-Definitely?

0:27:290:27:31

-Yeah? No question?

-No.

0:27:310:27:33

Akshita, do YOU still want to be an airline pilot?

0:27:330:27:35

-Yes.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:27:350:27:37

Give yourselves a high-five!

0:27:370:27:39

And now give me one!

0:27:390:27:41

Yeah! Well done, you two. I'm really proud of you.

0:27:410:27:43

Fantastic!

0:27:430:27:45

Rookies Akshita and Sam along with presenter Alex Riley take off into the world of aviation. The aspiring young aircrew get their first opportunity to fly a plane as they are catapulted into the skies high above the peak district in a glider. They then head for Manchester to meet an airline pilot who shows them just what is needed to fly a passenger jet, and lets them fly a professional simulator as used to train real pilots. What they have always dreamed of happens as they take to the skies in a small aircraft with mentor Tony, who puts them through their paces handling a twin-engine plane.