Turbo-prop planes UK Islands (Amy Aviation’s UK Tour)
There are loads of places around the UK which
are associated with Britain’s aerospace industry. Some of them might be near to where
you live! Let’s spin the propeller and see where we’re headed today!
It’s the Isle of Wight – one of the many small islands that surround the country! Let’s
go! Now, as well as the Isle of Wight, you’ve
probably heard of the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly. These are
some of the largest islands that surround our coastline. But there are thousands of
other islands where small communities live. And it’s important for all of these communities
to be able to connect with the mainland for shopping, visiting families and carrying tourists.
As most of these islands aren’t big enough to have runways that can handle large jet
planes, you’ll quite often see small turbo-prop planes – that’s ones with propellers – fly
to and from these islands. Here on the Isle of Wight, a company called
Britten-Norman has been producing aircraft for over 60 years. These include the Islander,
one of the most successful aircraft in British aviation history. It’s an aircraft designed
to fly short-haul, high frequency flights and is great to reach remote locations. Launched
originally in the 1960s, constant refinement has ensured that the Islander continues to
serve the needs of small communities across the UK and overseas.
As well as landing on tarmac runways, these planes have to also land at some rather strange
airfields. Barra in the Hebrides is one of the only airports
in the world where you still land on the beach – when the tide is out of course!
And to get to the Isles of Scilly, a small group of islands a little off the Cornish
Coast, you can take a flight from one of the country’s most westerly airports – at
Land’s End. Go any further west, and you’re in the sea!
Air transport is vital for places away from the main centres of population, helping to
carry both passengers and important supplies. Of course, you could also travel by boat – but
I’ll take the plane any day! AMY AVIATION’S BRITISH AERONAUTICS – WITH
SUPPORT FROM THE ROYAL AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY. FIND OUT MORE AT FUN KIDS LIVE / AMY