Beaver dreams come true with Bond visit

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Last week saw a number of boys’ dreams come true as they set out on no ordinary day as part of their Air Activities Badge.

The 1st Lumphanan Beaver Colony, which comprises of 16 children aged six to seven, were whisked off after a normal day at school for a very special tour.

The group departed at 3.15pm last Thursday for a tour of Bond Offshore Helicopters at Dyce.

Arriving in uniform and charged with excitement, the children, their Colony leaders and parent helpers were warmly received by a member of aircrew and ground staff, who organised and conducted the tour.

After receiving personalised ID badges as a keepsake, the visitors were then escorted through the passenger terminal.

The Lumphanan Colony also enjoyed seeing the waiting area, and security.

Helicopter safety procedures were then demonstrated to the young visitors.

One of the parent helpers was bestowed the privilege of trying on an immersion suit during the latter part of the tour, which triggered a few giggles among the young audience.

The Beavers were then delighted when upon entering an aircraft hangar, they were invited to sit in the cabin and cockpit of a Super Puma AS332.

They finally left with goodie bags crammed full of memorabilia.

Colony Leader Lisa Zvegintzov said: “On behalf of 1st Lumphanan Beavers, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff at Bond for their hospitality.

‘‘I am pleased to report that there are now several budding pilots and aircraft engineers among our Colony!”