PARENTING | AVIATION
Boeing 747 — A Magnificent Piece of Art and Science
A jaw-dropping experience of this monstrous flying machine with my aviation fanatic son made me fall in love with it
A day before Diwali (November 12), I met up with my son near Tung Chung MTR. We meet over weekends and spend time doing things we both enjoy. I love long walks, and he loves plane-spotting.
“Okay son, what did you have in mind? Where do you want to go?” I asked.
“Oh, I wanna go to the airport.”
“Sure, let’s go.”
We were right near the bus stop and the bus was awaiting passengers. As we sat down, he said, “I have no idea which stop we need to get off.”
“Look,” I said, pointing to the stop’s display monitor next to the door, “it says Terminal 1 is the 4th stop.”
“Oh, yeah. I know how we can get to the plane-spotting area by the running tracks.”
Nothing excites him more than airplanes. He has been educating himself about different aircraft, their aerodynamics, engine types as well as how to fly those planes in his simulation app. He watches pilots talk about their journeys. He knows aviation lingo like the back of his hand.
He went on a week-long school trip to the airport last year. They got to go to restricted areas of the airport to get a closer look at how things work there! He told me what one of the instructors in charge of the simulation flying experience told them.
“Mama, if you have to crash an aircraft at the airport, where do you think it’s better to crash into, a building or another plane?
My mind went blank. Yikes! That was a tough choice to make. With a puzzled look on my face I said, “Neither?”
He couldn’t handle my confused state of mind so he blurted the answer, “It’s safer to crash into a building. Because if you crash your airplane into another plane, it can cause a fire, explosion, and a lot more damage. The buildings at an airport are short.” He pointed to the buildings as our bus turned!
The airport is very close to Tung Chung MTR.