February 12, 2018

Amsterdam, the Paralympics and Aerobility's aircraft hand control

Our front desk volunteer Wayne Riding paid a visit to Amsterdam last week.  More than just a sightseeing trip he delivered an Aerobility hand control ultimately destined for Paralympian snowboarder Chris Vos.

The hand control is an Aerobility initiative, designed and developed by our CEO Mike Miller-Smith when he realised that such adaptive controls, essential to lower limb amputee and paraplegic pilots, were not in manufacture anywhere else.

We suspect that Chris Vos will return to flying just as soon as he's finished competing in the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics!

Chris Vos - one to watch in PyeongChang 2018

Pictured here are Wayne Riding and Dennis Vonk, the licensed engineer who will fit the hand control to the aircraft shown.  The aircraft belongs to flying school Vliegschool Hilversum.

January 31, 2018

Scholarship/Bursary applications - now open!

February is here, at last, and so our thoughts turn to spring and better flying weather.
Did you know that we have a number of ways in which we can help you realise your dream of flying?  Perhaps you have started to learn, have previously received a flying scholarship, are short on funds or have been grounded for a while and need just a few more hours to finish your licence or additional rating? If so you can apply for our current Scholarship/Bursary and get back in the air with Aerobility. No matter what your background, civilian or services – all applications will be assessed on an equal basis.

Click here to download an application form 

Well, what are you waiting for, New Year, new start! 

January 29, 2018

The 21st Heathrow Nostalgia Evening at Lasham Gliding Club

A message from Lasham Gliding Club, they'd be delighted to see you:

We are pleased to announce the details of the 21st Heathrow Nostalgia Evening.
Following another 90+ turnout last year, we are once again returning to the Lasham Gliding Club on Monday 12th March 2018.  Doors open at 1700 and the Gliding Club Café will remain open serving simple but adequate hot meals until 1830.
The bar will open around 1700....
Programme starts at 1900.
Entry fee (payable on the evening) is £5.
This year we have a special presentation “My Office at 60,000 feet’ with thanks to former Concorde Captain Tim Orchard as part of our programme.
With Al Carter and a selection of his stories, some new pictures, the usual news and banter there should be something for everyone!
Thanks to Ian Haskell, Tom Singfield and Simon Newbold we have another batch of Heathrow photographs collected over the years. Ian will be driving the digi projector. Sound system courtesy of Rog Kunert as usual.
The Gliding Club has a few basic rooms available at £20 room only for a single and £40 room only for a double for anyone who wants to stay over. Contact Sharon at Lasham Gliding 01256 384900 to book...
Please advise if you will be attending and whether you want to eat at the café by contacting Lasham directly office@lasham.org.uk or on 01256 384900.

Link to Concorde taking off from Heathrow in 1990.

January 23, 2018

Brian Catchpoole

Aerobility would like to let you know that Brian Catchpoole has left the charity. 
We would like to thank Brian for his significant contribution to the charity and we hope he will continue to be involved. 
We would like to celebrate with Brian and will communicate the date and time of the event.
The Aerobility Team

January 17, 2018


The BWPA Easy PPL Ground School Scholarship 2018

The BWPA is very pleased to be able to award up to two ‘Easy PPL Ground School’ Scholarships to female pilots, for study in 2018, kindly donated by Nigel Willson of ‘easypplgroundschool.com’. All applicants must be members (associate or family members) of the BWPA at the time of application and on the closing date (31st January 2018). In addition, the applicant must also have registered and activated an account (FREE OF CHARGE) at https://easypplgroundschool.com prior to submission of the BWPA scholarship application form. BWPA membership is not restricted to UK citizens or residents. Full details of membership are available from our website (http://bwpa.co.uk).

These scholarships are available to new and inexperienced pilots (who must have less than 10 hours total logged flying time at application), towards gaining their PPL(A) ground school qualifications. The applicant must not have attempted any of the CAA Theoretical Knowledge exams prior to application, and must be at least 16 years of age at the time of application (there is no upper age limit).
The scholarship covers a full on-line subscription to all nine PPL(A) Theoretical Knowledge courses, access to Ground School Instructor support, on-line in-course tests and on-line CAA format mock examinations for a full eighteen month period. In the event of failing to complete the required theoretical examinations within the eighteen month period, the candidate may purchase further subscription periods for any subject(s) from Easy PPL Ground School via the normal method on a personal basis at the rate advertised on the site.
The two scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who, in the opinion of the selection panel (representative members of BWPA and Easy PPL) show the most promise of becoming successful pilots. Application forms are available on the BWPS website. (www.bwpa.co.uk)

Aurora Adventure

Aerobility is pleased to announce our 2018 fundraising Aurora Flight, a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Full details and how to book can be found at www.aerobility.com/aurora

Why not look forward to a unique opportunity and book yourselves onto the Aurora flight on Saturday 24 February 2018.
We are thrilled to introduce our team of experts and celebrities
  • Tim Peake – our very special presenter and guest astronaut
  • Pete Lawrence – Sky at Night and Stargazing Live presenter 
  • Jon Culshaw – BBC Entertainer and impressionist, Sky at Night Presenter
  • Paul G. Abel – Astronomer, mathematician, broadcaster and writer
  • Neil Parker – Green Witch Telescopes and former deputy director of Royal Greenwich Observatory Ltd

Trip of a lifetime

Start your experience with guest presentations including hearing from our special guest Tim Peake and lunch at the Gatwick Sofitel.
At sunset, you will board British Airways flight and head Northwards to 61 degrees North.
You will hear on the way from the experts and entertainment from the celebrities on board.
We have very limited places so be sure to book immediately to secure your place. 
Whilst the location of the flight and the guidance of our experts provides the best chance of viewing the aurora in a single flight there is no guarantee that the Northern Lights will be visible.

January 12, 2018

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from Aerobility.

2018 sees our 25th anniversary and what a journey it's been so far!
From humble beginnings back in 1993 to our current fleet of 5 aircraft with a head office at Blackbushe, the addition of a dedicated classroom and shop last year, our building a plane project, disabled flying facilities from both Tatenhill and Liverpool and our most successful Aviators Ball to date in 2017. Nearly 1000 disabled people per year are participating with Aerobility.

We are planning a year of 25 events, that's something for everybody! We would like to celebrate our flyers, to thank our volunteers and to hopefully top last year's incredible fundraising year.

Please watch this space for more details of all the events and how to get involved.

December 20, 2017

Christmas closing

We are closing for Christmas this Friday, see here for details:


A fond farewell to Sue Dodds

Many of you will know Sue, our smiling, friendly receptionist, you'll have spoken on the phone and she'll have taken great care of you when you've been in either for a flight, or a course or maybe just to say hello.
Sadly she leaves us this month to move on to a more relaxed way of life and we wish her well.
Thank you Sue from all of us!

December 13, 2017

Countdown to Christmas

We're on the countdown to Christmas, aren't we all, and to celebrate we have our very own online advent calendar, take a peek each day to see a photo or video from our fantastic year!


Our staff and volunteer Christmas drinks take place this Thursday evening - Christmas jumpers are optional!

One last big event before we close for Christmas will be starting the construction on the rudder for our build an aircraft project, One Rivet At A Time.    These sessions will take place next Monday and Tuesday and we have a super keen group of volunteers who are chomping at the bit to get started!

November 29, 2017

The Aviators Ball 2017

A huge thank you to all those involved in making Saturday night's event so fantastic, our most successful fundraiser to date! 

From our main Aviators Ball sponsors NATS, Boeing UK, 2Excel and Breitling (and for their continued support) to all those companies and individuals who donated such wonderful auction items, to our staff and volunteers for pulling out all the stops both in the run up and on the night itself and, of course, to all those who attended and gave so generously on the night - I thank you all, we quite literally couldn't have done it without you!

The 2017 Aviators Ball tops off an amazing year for Aerobility in terms of disabled people achieving something amazing literally every day, through to some great fundraising; with volunteers and flyers taking part in wing walking and sky diving, and appearances on both the BBC's Songs of Praise and Blue Peter. 

The £100k raised will go a long way to making many more dreams of flying a reality in 2018.  These funds truly enable us to continue our delivery of life changing flying and aviation based activities – something worth flying for!

I hope that your heads have recovered and that we'll see you again next year, if not before!

Mike Miller-Smith MBE
Chief Executive

Here's the link to some of the photos from Saturday evening:

November 22, 2017

Auction prizes - happy bidding!

Here's a rundown of all the Aviators Ball auction items that we would be only too pleased to receive external bids on!  Simply register your interest by emailing auction@aviatorsball.com

A tour of Boeing's commercial facilities in Washington State.

Vintage flight to the Royal International Air Tattoo

A chance to fly in a WWII survivor 

Breitling Jet Team flight 

Blades trip to Cannes for the Red Bull Air Race

What an incredible opportunity!