January 17, 2018

BWPA

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
Including:
  • 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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u8AkYK_lhW0YlVwBlA8_pqRQCsZ_iwQR/view?usp=sharing


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!

https://adventmyfriend.com/36926/1a1b80cf8b/



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:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133926467@N02/sets/72157690229847225/









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!

Red Arrows End Of Season Guest Night

Shona Bowman and Deborah Mills represented Aerobility as invited guests of the Red Arrows at their End of Season Guest Night held at RAF Cranwell on Friday 3rd November. 
The new team for 2018 were announced and we're excited that they will all be attending the Aviators Ball this Saturday.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the guest speaker that evening, pictured below with Chairman Shona Bowman.
 Shona and Deborah.

One Rivet At A Time - The Infrastructure Takes Shape

One Rivet at a Time – The Infrastructure Takes shape
Another few weeks brings us ever closer to the start of our build. John Hirst continues to beaver away at our workshop infrastructure and has presented us with two more benches built with dimensions especially advantageous for wheelchair users. On to these benches we have mounted a small pillar drill, vice and grinding wheel. Can’t wait to start using this kit - anyone got access to a larger hangar ;-) 
John has also completed the dividers and Gail intends to cover these to enable one side to host a ‘story board’ explaining the build.

Bernie and Alan are installing extra sockets to power all this extra equipment. Rumour has it that a compressor will arrive next week, so watch this space. Currently, to coin a much over used cliché, the hangar looks like a ‘bomb has hit it’, but I’m quietly confident that everything will be in place for the 
Rudder Course on December 18th – 19th.

The Rudder course was oversubscribed for which I am most heartened. Eleven people have been informed that they have a place, however in the event of a cancellation, I am happy to put names on a reserve list. Those attending the course will help to ensure we have a core of volunteers for when we start the build, but rest assured there is still plenty of work to be done by others.

Talking of which, I am very aware that some of our volunteer builders may well be wholly new to using tools and what goes on in a workshop. Some may well prefer a more supportive environment when they first start. For these people we are planning some introductory classes, probably to start early next year. If you’ve never worked in a workshop before, watch out, these sessions will be for you and can be tailored to your specific needs.

Brian Catchpoole

Aerobility Operations Manager


November 17, 2017

Hart Civic Day - 24th October 2017

We were chosen as one of the 'Heart of Hart' campaign's seven charities for 2017.
Last month the Chairman of the Council and his 'Chain Gang' visited us to find out a little bit more about Aerobility, what we do and the difference we make.
Their feedback was hugely positive, as per the email sent to our CEO, see below.



Dear Mike
HART CIVIC DAY – TUESDAY 24th OCTOBER 2017

Thank you for organising the trip to Aerobility so successfully for my Civic Day last week.  My civic head guests found you and your team to be awe inspiring and a memory that they will all hold as special.  

The “Chain Gang” (twelve Mayors, Chairmen and their consorts from neighbouring Hampshire authorities) enjoyed a highly memorable afternoon.  The visit was very well received by our guests and they were particularly impressed by your informative presentation and the demonstrations your colleagues put on for us.

I know they were all greatly impressed by our time at Aerobility.  Could you please pass on my grateful thanks to all involved in making it such a special visit, and for introducing us to the work of the Aerobility team.

The lunch and afternoon tea supplied by Ewa at The Bushe Café was really enjoyable and everyone said what a good visit it was.  Please also pass on my thanks to all at the Bushe Café.

Mike – thank you again for your hospitality.

With Kindest Regards
Yours sincerely

Councillor Gerry Crisp
Chairman of the Council
Whilst visiting, the Chairman, also officially opened our new classroom building. 

A 'trip' in the simulator with one of our pilots, Damian Hunter.

Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed opening

Written by Brian Catchpoole, Operations Manager, Aerobility.

Brooklands Aircraft Factory Opening by Prince Michael of Kent – 13/11/2017

On Monday it was my privilege to represent Aerobility at the Opening of the new Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed. This quite massive project has involved moving a World War 2 (Grade 1 Listed) hangar, its complete restoration, and subsequent rebuilding on a new site. The hangar exhibition have been completely redesigned and now pays homage to Brooklands aircraft manufacturing heritage. On entering the building visitors can ‘clock in’ and then try any of the hands-on exhibits such as ‘Tinsmithing’, ‘Propeller Works’ and Carpentry Shop’. Aerobility were involved early on in the project with advice on Inclusive Access, and I’m pleased to report that the new complex is indeed very disability friendly.
I was able to talk at length with Andy Cornish the Aviation Heritage Skills Officer, about Brooklands educational project, which aims to provide basic engineering skills to the new generation. A workshop has been created in the Flight Shed, and it’s aimed to provide both classroom and workshop based training. Considering the skills set that will be required by those involved in our own ‘One Rivet at a Time’ project it’s remarkable just how close a fit this scheme could be with our own needs. Keep a look out in the future for possible Aerobility / Brooklands collaboration in this area.

Brooklands has always been an enjoyable and full day out and this great new addition is clearly aimed at the younger members of society. But, no matter what your age, I highly recommend a visit.

Brian and his toy aeroplanes
Prince Michael of Kent officially opening the newly renovated hangar.