Brexit will im­pact on aero­space

Ayrshire Post - - Ayrshire @ View -

I was de­lighted to visit Chevron Air­craft Main­te­nance at Prest­wick to see round the busi­ness and meet some of their ap­pren­tices.

It takes a long time to train as an en­gi­neer and hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence is cru­cial to get­ting a li­cense, which is one ad­van­tage of an ap­pren­tice­ship.

I spoke with one young trainee, Lisa and, as an ad­vo­cate of en­cour­ag­ing more girls to take an in­ter­est in sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing.

It is great to see more young women com­ing into the in­dus­try.

There is huge de­mand for air­craft main­te­nance and over­haul ser­vices, and the new hangar space planned for Prest­wick through the Ayr­shire Growth Deal should help the aero­space cam­pus to go from strength to strength.

Of course, Brexit will have sig­nif­i­cant ram­i­fi­ca­tions for our lo­cal aero­space in­dus­try and econ­omy.

For main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul ( MRO) ser­vices it is crit­i­cal we stay in the Eu­ro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency as it is EASA part- 145, that al­lows them to re­lease a plane as safe to fly in the EU, and en­gi­neers are li­censed un­der part- 66.

If we leave EASA, com­pa­nies could

Philippa Whit­ford only do MRO work for UK air­lines, not Eu­ro­pean air­lines, which would take away an en­tire mar­ket.

I was hon­oured to open the ‘ Vicky Smith Train­ing Room’ at the Troon Lifeboat Sta­tion.

Vicky was a crew mem­ber who trag­i­cally lost her life to can­cer at just 28 years of age.

Hav­ing known Vicky and her fam­ily since she was a young girl, it was par­tic­u­larly mov­ing to be part of the cer­e­mony.

As well as be­ing a train­ing cen­tre for Troon and sur­round­ing RNLI sta­tions, it also hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion chart­ing 147 years of Troon’s his­tory as a lifeboat sta­tion.

I will have two surg­eries in the lco­cal area later this month.

My next drop- in surg­eries will be on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14 at Prest­wick Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 9.30am to 10.15am.

This will be fol­lowed by a surger y later that morn­ing at Syming­ton Vil­lage Hall from 10.30am to 11.15am.

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