Students experience airborne thrills

Students from St Mary's College, Broome, will get a real taste for the thrill of working in oil and gas this week when they take off in a series of helicopter flights.

The event is a field trip for 40 Year 10 students and teachers involved in the WA Petroleum Club's Schools Information Program (SIP). For 16 years the program has been introducing WA students to the fascinating, fun and unique aspects of a career in the oil and gas industry.

The six-seater INPEX helicopter will operate seven flights from Broome Airport to accommodate the school visitors.

Each student will enjoy a ten minute flight above their home town in a Bristow BK 117 helicopter, which is used to ferry INPEX's workers to its offshore operations.

INPEX is in the pre-feasibility stage of developing the Ichthys Gas Field in a multi-billion dollar project off the Kimberley coast.

As well as site visits, the Petroleum Club's schools information program involves teacher-assessed team projects and presentations to students from experts in the field.

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