November 24, 2016

Visit to the House of Lords Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Aerobility was invited to attend a UK Youth in Aviation reception at the House of Lords to highlight the role that charitable aviation organisations are playing in nurturing tomorrow’s talent.

Gail Barkes Aerobility service development and volunteer coordinator attended along with volunteers Nicola Saunders, Andrea Lowndes and Stephen Pearson.

The reception was hosted by the RT Hon Baroness Sue Garden of Frognal in association with the Air League of which she is a member of the council, she spoke of how important the work of all the organisations and charities are in promoting aviation as a career path for young people and encouraging and inspiring those that enter the variety of professions from being a pilot or engineering and development, also to the charities and organisations that are championing accessibility to experience aviation for those with disability or life limiting conditions.

This was followed by short presentations from young people that had benefited from the support of the following organisations:

The Air League
Youth in Aviation
Aviation Skills Partnership
Royal Air force Air Cadets
Royal Air Force museum

They all spoke of how they have been inspired by different sectors of aviation and were passionate and eloquent in their delivery of their own individual experiences.

The closing speech was given by Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture who again emphasised the role that digital development plays in aviation, especially when you look at the huge advances in technology , and how inspiring young people to take up careers in aviation is vital to our country’s prosperity and standing in the global economy.

AEP Engineering

On Saturday 19th November Alan lead a session on Engineering.



The group got lovely oily hands looking at the various parts of combustion and jet engines.















They watched videos of how a jet engine works and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the jet engine.  Working from a sheet they had to work out which type of engine various aircraft had.




 It was a very informative session and as always the group joined in well with some excellent input.


November 22, 2016

Aviators Ball - Silent Auction NOW OPEN

Only three days to go until this year's Aviators Ball!

We have a spectacular night of entertainment planned for you and hope you are as excited as we are!

To add to the excitement, we are delighted to announce our silent auction - officially open.

There is no need to miss out - whether you are joining us at the Ball or not, everyone is welcome to register and bid on our silent auction!

Make sure to take a look at the incredible prizes we have on offer this year, with a chance to be ahead of the game by placing a bid before Saturday night. 

For those of you joining us on the night, we have also included a sneak peek at the live auction items we have in store.

Every penny raised will go towards supporting the amazing work of Aerobility. 

Click here to be taken direct to the auction site.

Happy bidding!



November 16, 2016

Winners of the Aerobility Photo Competition 2016!

AEROBILITY AIRSHOW PHOTO COMPETITION 2016

Thank you again to everyone who entered - the competition raised an amazing £400 for Aerobility!

We are delighted to announce the WINNERS of this years photo competition are: 

In FIRST place - Jason Evans, with - Draken Moon

In 2nd place - John Madden, with Polish MIG 29

In 3rd place - James Walters, with An Explosive Finale

Our RUNNERS UP (in no particualr order) are: 

Paul Thwaites, with – WWI Sopwith Snipe at sunrise

Jane Dagnall, with – Typhoon struck by a sunbeam

Neil Atterbury, with – Polish MIG in the dive

Steve Brimley, with – Reach for the sky

Sergio Vazzana, with – Red Tails

Alasdair Leng, with – Atlas

Jo Ayres, with – Up Close

Neil Atterbury, with – XM655 Reflected

Susie Jackson, with – Boeing Stearman Loop

Huge congratulations to each of you - here is a reminder of those all important prizes:

FIRST PRIZE
Photographic visit to Heathrow airport control tower courtesy of NATS.
Winning photo featured in the Aerobility magazine with photographer’s portrait;
Day shooting with world-renown aviation & wildlife photographer (www.andyrouse.co.uk )
Free copy of the 2017 Aerobility calendar

SECOND PRIZE
Photographic visit to Heathrow Airport control tower courtesy of NATS.
Day shooting with world-renown aviation & wildlife photographer (www.andyrouse.co.uk )
Free copy of the 2017 Aerobility calendar

THIRD PRIZE
Free copy of the 2017 Aerobility calendar

All prize winners and runners up will have their winning photo featured in the Aerobility 2017 calendar. 

We have also created a gallery of all entrants which is available for you to view here

November 11, 2016

AEP Fire and Rescue

November 5th was the appropriate date for our latest AEP - the topic being Fire and Rescue.
The group looked at why we have Fire and Rescue and the different levels provided at different airports.


They also studied the fire triangle and learnt the three elements needed to start a fire - air, fuel and heat.  They played a very competitive game of fire triangle bingo.
They then looked at emergency plans and the importance of those plans. They split up in to pairs and pretended to respond to an emergency call finding out exactly all the information needed to send the right rescue service to the scene.

It was another excellent session - the group never cease to amaze us with their enthusiasm and knowledge.



October 25, 2016

New Scholarships available - Application process now open!

Aerobility are delighted to announce we have recently established two fantastic Scholarships working together with our partners, the Douglas Bader Foundation and an exciting new partnership with SkyDemon. No matter what your background, civilian or services – all applications will be assessed on an equal basis. 
Perhaps you have started to learn to fly, 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 one of these amazing Scholarships and get back in the air with Aerobility and the help of our friends. 

Click here to download the Scholarship application form and return to us through info@aerobility.com or by post to Aerobility,  Blackbushe Airport, Camberley, Hampshire GU17 9LQ.

Our huge thanks to our partners SkyDemon and The Douglas Bader Foundation for making this possible.
Funding is limited, so please ensure your application is with us as soon as possible. All applicants must have passed their Air Law exam to be considered. 

In other exciting news! Are you ready to take your flying to the next level?
The Douglas Bader Foundation are looking to establish a disabled pilot display team - Bader's Bus Company! 

To be considered to participate as a display team member, individuals must have completed their PPL, but it’s as simple as that. Each person will receive full training in formation flying along with training in how to safely deliver flying displays and demonstrations.

Please email info@aerobility.com to register your interest and for further information. 

Three solo flights in just two weeks!

Within the space of two weeks, we have been delighted to announce first solo flights by three ex servicemen, Paul Spanner, Mark Sines and Mark Bartlett - an incredible achievement for each of them!

This would not have been possible without the combined resources and partnership of Aerobility, Help for Heroes, The Air League and Boeing UK - and of course, some serious determination and dedication from all three men themselves. 

Not only are they a total inspiration, but they all scored 100% in their Air Law exams! This is pure testament to how hard they have worked - and perhaps evidence that the inter-service rivalry is still alive and well!

Each of them individually marked their success on their social media with some great images and heartfelt words about their journeys to this point, which we have gathered for you below: 


Paul setting of for his first solo flight.
Paul Spanner 
"Well its been a long time coming but this Thursday past I took to the skies of Surrey and Hampshire solo for the first time, Supported by Aerobility, The Air League and Boeing UK and Help for Heroes Band of Brothers. 

My journey with Aerobility has been life changing, building confidence and a significant cornerstone in my recovery from a brain injury sustained in 2013. The journey is not over yet though there is more to do and much more to experience with this amazing organisation


Paul beaming after a successful solo landing. 
Thank you to the Aerobility team especially Anneliese for signing me off on the first chapter of a new and exciting journey. Who would have thought just over a year from first being introduced to the Charity I would ride and Ski for Great Britain, pass my MSc, be accepted for a scholarship to read for a PhD, oh and captain an aircraft all on my own. 

Paul and Aerobility Flying Instructor, Anneliese Perrior. 
This is the beginning of great things and my debt of gratitude can not be expressed enough. It was my partner Tracey who led this horse to water and I am drinking from a fire hydrant now - I truly love Tracey for guiding me so far over what has been at times a difficult path to follow for us both and hope to take her flying with me very soon"



Mark setting off for his first solo flight

Mark Sines
"Well today I need to thank my lovely wife, big style - if it wasn't for her love, support and belief in me I would not have been here today at Blackbushe Airport. It has been one year and one month since she bought me the first trial flight.Since then and thanks to all the support, patients, and perseverance from the fantastic instructors at Aerobility, I have now flown solo today for the first time!

It has been six hard years for my family since I woke up one morning in severe pain and unable to walk. Three major operations to my back and neck followed in an attempt to rectify the severe stress placed on my spine during my Army service, and give me a chance to gain movement back in my legs. I am fortunate these procedures were largely successful, although I am left with uncontrollable intermittent leg paralysis due to irreparable nerve damage. I put my family through hell with the severe pain, depression and mood swings, but through it all they have stuck by me. 
Mark with Aerobility Flying Instructor, Christine Stopher.
Flying with Aerobility has brought a positive change - when I have had a bad week and been in a lot of pain, just sitting in the aeroplane makes such a difference. For the first time I have control over something - it's just me with no medical professionals telling me what I can and can't do. 
I also owe a big thanks to Help for Heroes, The Air League and Boeing UK who as an ex serviceman have awarded me a grant to live my dream of training to obtain my PPL. 

Apart from marrying my beautiful wife today has to be one of the biggest highlights in my life since it completely changed six years ago. Aerobility make the dreams of many people with a disability who want to fly come true, and today they did that for me. With their support they have made me believe in myself again, restored my self-esteem and brought my dream of taking my wife for a flight even closer. Thank you!"


Mark Bartlett
A substantial solo flight smile from Mark.
"I have always wanted to fly and today I went solo! I'm so grateful to Band of Brothers for introducing me to Aerobility, who supported me in gaining funding from Help for Heroes and the Air League to make this possible. I'm one big step closer to achieving my goal of PPL - lots of thanks to everyone at Aerobility, Help for Heroes, the Air League and Boeing for funding this opportunity; and of course most importantly, the wifey, Lucy Bartlett for supporting me too. 

Arriving back safely at HQ. 
I get such a buzz from flying and have found my drive and ambition to achieve again. I'm really excited about my future career and the foundations I'm creating for a new life. When I was out of work and living on benefits I felt so restricted. My world has now opened up - the freedom I feel in the air helps me manage my pain and it feels great to be using my brain again - I know if I push myself, I can become a commercal pilot."

October 21, 2016

AEP Air Traffic Control

We had a great Aviation Education Programme session last Saturday - the topic was Air Traffic Control and was lead by our new lead mentors Martyn and Nigel, who both happen to be ex air traffic controllers.

After practising the phonetic alphabet and revising the compass points, Nigel explained exactly what Air Traffic Control (ATC) is and where and when it is used.  The group watched a short video about the control centre at Swannick and listened to a typical radio transmission.


The group then went in to the hangar and learnt how radar works by pretending to be radio waves and aircraft!!

The session ended with the group splitting up in to pairs and acting out the roles of air traffic controllers.  They all did very well and had the right voices for ATC!











October 03, 2016

My lucky life in aviation - Nick Glover

Where?
Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport
Date?
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Time? 
Arrival 6pm

Nick will be talking to us about his journey from PPL to ATPL and flying executive jets, with a few stories along the way.
Join Nick and the Aerobility team at Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe on Wednesday 26th October from 6pm for an interactive talk and Q&A session about gaining your PPL, ATPL and Nicks career in aviation.
All Aerobility flyers and friends welcome. This is a free event although we do ask for a small donation for refreshments.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending this talk then please email info@aerobility.com or call 0303 303 1230 to book your place. 


September 27, 2016

WIS at Wallop

Great to work with our friends and partners The Air League, Boeing UK, Historic Army Flight, The Museum of Army Flying and AAC Middle Wallop to provide such life changing activities and flights for the wounded, injured and sick veteran community and their families. 

The pictures tell it all… click here to visit our event flickr page. 

September 22, 2016

Aviation Education Programme 2016/17

Last Saturday saw the start of our latest Aviation Education Programme.



We welcomed eight new students with varying disabilities to Aerobility HQ where they met each other and the mentors.  They learned what they will be getting up to over the coming year.





It was a great start to our course and it was evident already that they are all keen aviation enthusiasts!  I think they may be teaching us a thing or two!

September 21, 2016

Touring Group Trip to France - Part Two.

D-Day Beaches, Adam Stone (PIC LAPL VFR) Pilot 16th-19th September 2016

Thursday  8th  September - LFRK - EGJJ    EGJJ  LFRK

I was refreshed ready for my first flight with Claire as my passenger into Jersey, again we’re blessed with good weather.  The approach into the airport was stunning, perfect VFR flying weather.  We were routed by ATC over Elizabeth Castle and St. Helier, such breath taking views. We were again treated to another surprise.
Just after landing, the roar of six Rolls Royce Merlin engines greeted us, up ahead were the  Avro Lancaster, the Hawker Hurricane and the Super Marine Spitfire in formation flight.  It was a true honour and an emotional moment for me, sharing the runway with the very same pilots who had chosen me for The Battle of Britain Bursary.
We had a wonderful welcome from Eveline Hawkin and her team at Helping Wings, based at the Jersey Aero Club.  We all had great afternoon sharing stories at the Jersey airshow. 
To complete our visit to Jersey we were treated to the amazing sight of the RED ARROWS landing.  This really was the icing on the cake. What an end to such a perfect visit.

I will always remember the view whilst departing Jersey.  My birds eye view from the cockpit of the Corbiere light house glistening white in the afternoon sunshine. 
Back in  Caen that evening we all went out to dinner with Didier.  It was a good time to share our experiences and highlights of the day.  It certainly was a very memorable evening. I feel as though I know people a little better and certainly feel part of a great team. 
 Friday   9th  September - LFRK - LFAT       LFAT  EGLK

Flying with Brain Catchpole in G-BSYY 
The dramatic French coast line bathed in glorious sunsine, we made our way up the coast to Le Touquet. 
At le Touquet  just after we shutdown the Aircraft, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Vought F4U Corsair (Red Bull display team)  took off together in formation.  What excellent timing on our behalf, it just couldn’t get any better and was the perfect ending to a fantastic trip!
Flying G-UCAN Home. After all this excitement and a well earned cup of coffee I  headed back to Blighty with Damian.  This time the weather was on our side, looking out I saw the White Cliffs of Dover in the distance, they were a true welcome home.  I  gave a thought to all those WW1 and 2 soldiers who were the lucky ones to make it back, how this view must have been a comfort to the air crews; you are home.

Thank you to all those involved on this trip, what an adventure!  

Adam C. Stone