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

Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport
Wednesday 26th October 2016
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

Touring Group to France - Part One

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

Firstly thank you Aerobility for making this possible, I had such a wonderful time with the touring group to France and Jersey.

The  Journey Begins - Tuesday  6th  September

We are ready to go! But the weather at Blackbushe Airport EGLK doesn’t want us to leave.  The cloud base is unserviceable. We are left waiting for a break, which sadly does not arrive.  Our mission is terminated for now, but tomorrow is another day! 
Wednesday  7th  September EGLK - LFAT   LAFT  -  LFRK

The weather forecast is better but the cloud base at HQ Blackbushe is still very low.  The other more experienced members of the group managed to take off leaving me behind!  But I was not giving up, the clouds had to break sometime. We waited all morning for a break and finally it arrived. Wow! The green light, we are good to go!  Take off commencing at 13:30 Zulu Tecnam. 
 G-UCAN with Damian as my passenger. I was playing catch up with the rest of touring group. When Mike rang me from le Touquet and said that the weather was lovely and that they were all having a wonderful lunch in the sun, I had a Top Gear Moment playing in my head. James May left behind as Hammond and Clarkson steam ahead.   

The first leg Blackbushe to le Touquet France. We arrived safely, my first flight abroad as pilot in command conquered! What a sense of achievement and a fresh pair of pants required!
The second leg, le Touquet  to Caen ( Northern France).  Such amazing weather. My personal high-lights on this leg were the views from the cockpit, seeing a  French Chateau, the meandering curves of the River Seine, the D-Day Beach, WWII code name (Sword), the famous Pegasus Bridge, the Horsa Glider and the Northern approach over the city of Caen. 
After we Landed at Caen I went to re- fuel, the rest of the touring group had the same idea!  Finally we were all together.  Whilst at the fuel pumps we had an amazing surprise, an original World War II Corsair, restored by RED BULL, came in to re-fuel along side us. What were the chances of that happening? We even managed to say hello to the pilot before he had to take off to Jersey.
We all made our way to the holding hanger at Caen where we received a wonderful welcome from  Didier and his team. I cannot thank them enough for their warm welcome and hospitality during our stay. 

Read about the remainder of the tour in Part Two, by Adam C. Stone. 

September 06, 2016

Garden Party raises £800 for Aerobility

On 28th August friend of Aerobility, Jason Buglass hosted a summer Garden Party at his home in aid of Aerobility. The  evening included a BBQ, Bar and Teepee Tent. 

Tickets were free and included entry and food with donations to Aerobility being asked in lieu of a ticket price. 

The event was a great success and raised a fantastic sum of £800 for the charity. Aerobility would like to thank everyone who attended and donated as well as Helen for her administrative efforts and Jason for putting on such a special event.

Dragon Rapide returns to Blackbushe.

The beautiful 1940's De Haviland Dragon Rapide will be returning to Blackbushe to offer champagne pleasure flights on Saturday 24th September.
You will find the pleasure flight crew near the control tower.

Flight bookings will be taken on the day from 10:30 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

First flight at 11:00
Last flight at 17:30
(Times are approximate)

- £99 for individuals.
- £180 for two.
- £60 for children (under 12's must be accompanied)
- Infants FREE (under 24 months, one per flight with a paying adult)

September 02, 2016

Andy Taylor completes the Maastricht Ironman in support of Aerobility

A HUGE thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to Andy Taylor, for recently completing this years Maastricht Ironman in support of Aerobility, raising over £400!

This Ironman involves a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run!
Andy told us a few days on: "My legs are getting better but definitely still have an nice ache to them! I completed it in a total of 12 hours 9 minutes (Swim - 1:06:13, Bike - 6:34:50, Run - 4:18:32, transition 1 - 5:37 and transition 2 - 4:17) which I was delighted with. I would say it was the best and worst thing I've done! I was feeling good on the swim and bike but started to suffer when it came to the run, the run course was 4 laps of the centre of Maastricht including a large hill that I had to face on each one so it was mentally quite tough.  I'm happy to say that I made it though and heard the words I'd been waiting for - 'Andrew Taylor you are an Ironman!'

I was thinking never again after I finished but now the aches and painful memories are subsiding I am starting to look towards next years challenge!"
 What an incredible achievement - thank you again Andy. 

Aerobility Aviation Evening - My Lucky Life in Aviation

Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport
Wednesday 26th October 2016
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.