September is always a time of change here at YVR, when we switch gears and move into readiness for the next busy travel season in December. Students of all ages are heading back to schools across the province. Which means that, just as we are wrapping up nine weeks of Take-off Fridays, we are about to open our doors to Grade 5 and 6 classes from across Metro Vancouver as part of the free The Future Lands Here school program at YVR.
Since the program began in 2009, more than 6,500 elementary students have learned about travel and aviation at YVR through practical, informative and interactive activities. Each tour starts at the Canada Line Templeton Station, includes a short ride on the train, and then weaves through the terminal, focusing on points of interest to travellers and the public.
Other tour elements include understanding flight information displays, how to pack carry-on luggage for security screening, YVR’s connections to First Nations culture and history and some of the sustainable initiatives in place here at our airport. The YVR experience wraps up at the Public Observation Area where students learn about airport operations while they look out over the apron and airfield.
It’s always a pleasure for me to see the level of interest that students have in aviation and transportation. We are proud to open up our airport to local schools and instill the wonder of aviation in the next generation of enthusiasts.