IACE 2019 – Day 15
Today, we went to Dübendorf to visit Skyguide, a traffic control and formation center. We began the visit by a presentation of the role and the activities of Skyguide. Then we divided our group into smaller groups, to visit important places. The first one was a simulator to train students to become air traffic controllers. This simulator allowed to create different scenarios: some simple one with only a few planes landing and more difficult one with engine fire or snow on the runway. Then we had the chance to enter the approach control room: the controllers where delivering clearances to aircrafts in their airspace to avoid collisions in flight. Finally, we played a role game, where we had to guide airplanes to the runway. It was surprisingly difficult to keep efficiency high. After eating at Skyguide, we went to Zurich airport to watch landing aircrafts from over the world, observing what type they were and feeling their powerful engines. In the afternoon, we came back to Dübendorf to visit the Flieger-Flab museum. There were a lot of airplanes from the beginning of aviation to jet airplanes. That was amazing to discover these airplanes, and also other Swiss army material such as radar, communications and weapon systems. After spending time there, we went and visited Rega, the Swiss search and rescue. We could see the helicopter H145 they fly and one crew member have presented us the different missions they realize and the equipment they have. Today was the last entire day in Switzerland, we are leaving tomorrow with Super Puma. All the Cadets would like to thank all the people who organized this exchange, especially Willi and Suzanne who planned all the activities and Rafael and Adrian our guides. This adventure will stay in our mind for a long time.
Elise (French Cadet)