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Dream come true for our seven-year-old jet loving son Charlie

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Charlie Takes to the Skies as Birmingham's Youngest Air Traffic Controller!

Our seven-year-old son Charlie became an air traffic controller for a day.

Charlie donned his own named hi-vis gilet and headphones before taking his seat on the top deck of the Birmingham Airport air traffic control tower to line up aircraft for take-off and landing.

The pint-sized aviation fanatic from Walsall, loves nothing more than going to the end of the airport runway to watch the planes when his parents, Kat and Darren, are able to take him.

Charlie’s other passion is caring for his dad, who is often housebound due to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, degenerative spine disease and a spinal cyst. Darren leaves the house only with the aid of strong, controlled opioid painkillers.

To thank Charlie for his ongoing care and kindness, Darren wrote to the airport asking if his son could have a behind-the-scenes tour as a Christmas surprise.

Moved by the note, airport bosses quickly invited Charlie and his parents in for a VIP visit.

Paul Beat, air navigation services for BHX, met Charlie in the company’s main office. He then pointed out the air traffic control tower on the other side of the airfield before handing Charlie his air traffic controller badge and driving over to the tower.

Charlie was shown the air traffic visual control room, the radar control room and the air traffic simulator used for training new and existing controllers.

Charlie said: “Today was brilliant. Best day ever. I want to be an air traffic controller now.

Darren said: “I’m not sure Santa will be able to top this. I was overcome with emotion just seeing Charlie’s face. A truly magical day.

Paul Beat added: “Seeing Charlie’s face light up was priceless. His excitement was infectious.

Charlie was given a BHX new-starter pack, including a notepad, pen and binoculars. He was also given model EasyJet, Jet2 and Emirates aircraft as early Christmas presents.

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Written by: Kat Y (Ginge)

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