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The Otago Museum’s Flight Zone machine was unveiled yesterday and will provide what is perhaps comforting knowledge for some nervous flyers.
People can build different shapes using the materials provided and then start the machine, which creates an air flow from a large vent on top, to see whether their creation is capable of flight.
Marketing and customer experience manager Charlotte Scoles said the machine was built in Germany, specifically for the airport.
It arrived by ship and was meant to be installed earlier in this year, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis.
It was intended to teach passengers, big and small, about the science of flight, she said.
‘‘It is really really cool - the kids are getting stuck into it but so are the big kids.
‘‘There has been quite a few of our team members having a really good play on it.’’
While it was educational, it was also a good way for passengers to fill some time.
It was installed at the top of the escalators in the airport’s departures area - a space which had been in the airport since 2006 but was in need of a revamp, she said.
The space would also host more of the interactive machines from the Otago Museum’s science centre in the coming months and years.