Supporting International Museum Day – 18th May
IFA Comment: IFA wishes to support International Museum Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and the cultural sector have been among the most affected. Now, is the time to visit the wonderful aviation museums doted around the globe. We learn so much about how aviation has developed and how much further we still have to go. It can be a celebration of amazing achievements but it can also be a sobering reminder of how development has come at a cost.
Running since 1977 The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
Museums have the power to transform the world around us. As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas — two essential steps in building a better future.
The 2022 theme is ‘The Power of Museums’ with three headings – below are just a few examples of how the aviation museums contribute and link to us all.
The power of achieving sustainability
Working towards Greener Skies: Sustainability in Aviation
GE Aviation link with the Smithsonian Museum to present lecture. Watch on Youtube their Oct 2021 discussion on how to make commercial aviation more efficient, innovative and sustainable.
The power of innovation on Digitalisation and accessibility
National Air and Space Museum, Washington – To tell the story of the first American in space, the Museum has conserved and digitized the Mercury suit Alan Shepard wore during the first American manned space flight today in 1961. Discover the process of conserving and digitizing Shepard’s suit
The Museum of Flight – Step inside aircraft. Take an online tour inside some of our most iconic aircraft. Access the cockpits and interiors of our aircraft at your leisure. 3D self-guided virtual tours were created by scanning the interior of the Museum’s aircraft using the Matterport 3D Camera. Explore below, and stay tuned for future tours.
The power of community building through education
Our Aeronautical Engineering programme links with Brooklands Museum – 28th March 2022
South Thames College Group partnership with Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, UK is moving from strength to strength. Our second-year BTEC Aeronautical Engineering students have the opportunity to work on a variety of aircraft. They are relishing the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in a very practical environment and gaining an insight from the aeronautical engineers who volunteer at the museum.
Spartan College – So, we know about Art Restoration, but who does Antique Aircraft Repair for Museums
Aircraft restoration for museums is a great way to keep aviation history alive and to help younger generations appreciate how far the industry has come. So, who does the great work of restoring old aircraft? Anyone with the right training, of course!
FAA Task Force Features Aviation Museum Leaders – Oct 2021