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        Journey Into The Unknown

        On Friday 5th October, Year 4 were lucky enough to meet and talk to a pilot from British Airways.  This was to help us launch our exciting new topic ‘Journey Into The Unknown’ but it also enabled us to learn about what it’s like to fly a plane, be a pilot and travel all over the world!
        What's it's like to be a pilot!
        What’s it’s like to be a pilot!

        We learnt some interesting facts:

        • Rainforests are located all over the world, but specifically within the Equator.
        • The flight to Santiago (the capital of Chile) in South America travels directly over the Amazon Rainforest.
        • Pilots fly planes in different directions to their locations, not just in a straight line.
        • It takes 14 hours to fly from London Heathrow to Santiago in Chile.
        • The Andes, a spectacular mountain range, is located in Santiago and reaches as high as 22-23,000 feet.
        • The climate in Santiago is similar to that in England because they are as far south of the Equator as we are north of the Equator. Therefore they experience Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn as we do.
        • On long flights, pilots sleep on the plane in bunks!
        • Pilots need to wear sunglasses as it’s always sunny above the clouds.
        • The Dreamliner (the plane our pilot flies) can fly 8 miles up into the sky which equates to 40–43,000 feet. To put this into context, Mount Everest reaches 5 miles high!
        Spotting South America!
        Spotting South America!
        Landing in Santiago - the Andes are in the distance.
        Landing in Santiago – the Andes are in the distance.

        Why don’t planes fly through thunderstorms? 

        • Planes must avoid thunderstorms so they make sure they fly around them, giving themselves 5-6 miles distance from them. They never fly through them as the wind moves really quickly and there can be large hailstones inside them.  These are the only naturally occurring storms that can cause a plane to crash.

        Do sweets really stop our ears popping?

        • Sucking sweets really does help us relieve the popping  in our ears we experience when taking off and landing! Ears pop when you’re on a plane because on the ground, the pressure in our bodies is at a certain level.  When you take off, pressure reduces.  High pressure always likes to go towards low pressure, so air in the body tries to escape and it comes out of our ears!  Sucking sweets moves the mouth around in different directions and this helps us to release that pressure.
        We can see the desert!
        We can see the desert!

        How do you fly a plane?

        •  The engines make the plane go forwards and backwards.
        • The wings keep the plane in the sky.
        • The tail of the plane acts like a rudder and so helps the plane stay straight.
        • The throttle controls the power and speed of the plane.
        • Special screen monitors enable pilots to see thunderstorms in the dark and therefore avoid them.
        We absolutely loved our visit and couldn’t stop asking questions!  This has inspired us to learn more about different locations around the world and discover what we might find when we get there.  Thank you to our pilot who took us on an amazing journey!

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