Students win pieces of Joey

Students have been awarded genuine aircraft instruments from Aurigny’s iconic Trislander, G-Joey, after claiming victory in the hotly contested Aurigny Buzzer competition at the Careers Show.

Molly Phillips from Grammar School claimed first prize at the EY Careers and Skills Show at Beau Sejour, winning a Horizontal Situation Indicator, which was once fitted in Joey.

La Mare de Carteret student Joshua Platt claimed second place and has been awarded an Altimeter. Third place went to Toby Beasley, from Les Beaucamps, who won an Airspeed Indicator. All prizes are mounted on a metal stand made from aircraft material with a plaque.

The challenge was to complete a Joey shaped wire buzzer ‘steady hand’ competition in the fastest time, receiving a 10 second penalty every time they contacted the wire.

The overall winner, Molly, 15, said she was delighted to have won a genuine instrument from such an iconic aircraft.

“It’s very cool. I’m quite interested in piloting or aerospace engineering. It’s the whole aerodynamics and the physics of flying.

“I’ve been interested from a young age. When I was younger, I was more into space craft.”

 Aurigny’s Group Technical Director John-Paul Williams congratulated the winning students, who showed steady hands and remained calm under pressure – both key attributes for Engineers.

Mr Williams said: “There was very strong competition on the day to win these unique prizes, but Molly, Joshua and Toby kept their nerve and completed the buzzer competition in great times. Our own staff also gave it a go on the day but could not beat the times of the 3 winners.

“They are taking home prizes that are completely unique. Joey is incredibly popular, and they get to keep their very own piece of the aircraft and Aurigny history.”

The much-loved Trislander Joey was recently given a “retro revamp” by Aurigny and has been transported to its new home, Oatlands Village, where he will be on public display later this summer.

When picking up their awards, the students were given a tour of the busy Aurigny hangar and had the opportunity to see the current Engineers busy at work.

Mr Williams said our Engineers were responsible for keeping the aircraft flying to the highest industry standard of Safety and Operational performance and are provided with the best training available.

 “It’s an exacting profession and requires a lot of study and hard work, but the rewards of working on highly-sophisticated aircraft are immense and you will never be bored,” he said.