What a fantastic day, children at Pickering Community Junior School have been involved in a week of activities around the topic of flight and a local unsung hero from Brompton Sir George Cayley.
The weeks highlight was a day all about flight organised with the help of the brilliant team from York Flying Club (thanks gents the day was amazing) and Tony Dew from the Sir George Cayley Sailwing Club.
Children got the chance to be involved in some amazing events.
1. They had a chance to speak to Polar and around the World adventurer Dave Sykes.
2. Try out a hang glider.
3. Test out a microlight.
4. Watch a helicopter stunt show.
5. See a seven plane low level flight over the school grounds from members of the York Flying Club.
6. Learn about the joys of paragliding, microlighting and flying fixed wing small planes.
7. Look at amazing models.
Dave Skye's adventurer
In 2011 Dave Sykes flew SOLO from York UK to Sydney Australia, this amazing trip took 4 months to complete and covered over 16,000 miles and 257 hours flying making him the first paraplegic in the world to do it.
Flight to the North Pole
The Route that Dave will take will start off at Rufforth airfield near York, then head down to Headcorn in Kent before a short hop over the English channel to Calais.
Once over in Calais the route will then take me up the coast into Belgium and then into the Netherlands Amsterdam. Into Germany then and Hamburg, leaving Germany he will head north through Denmark and into Sweden.
Copenhagen and onto Stockholm before heading up the Gulf of Bothnia passing sundisvall to Arvidsjar, stopping in Arvidsjar until the weather is good before leaving Sweden and heading to Tromso on the north coast of Norway.
Once the weather is perfect he will cross the icy Barents sea to Svalbard passing over bear island a distance of 500 miles, temps down as low as -60 degees and into Longyearbyen.
After Longyearbyen a long crossing over the Polar icecap to Russian ice station, where he has special permission to land and stop over.
The fuel is been specially flown into the ice station just for Dave and his microlight, then if the weather is good Dave will fly to the true North Pole before returning back to the UK by the same route.