February 21, 2017

Aviation Evening - Westland Wasp!



Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport

Saturday 25th February 2017

Arrival 4pm

Dr Terry Martin will talk about the development of the Westland Wasp Helicopter, The Royal Navy's first generation jet helicopter and it's place in history, with a few stories along the way!

All Aerobility flyers/volunteers and friends welcome. This is a free event, donations gratefully received, refreshments available.

Please email gail@aerobility.com to book a place or call 0303 303 1230

February 20, 2017

Aerobility are proud to work with Help for Heroes to support Veterans' Mental Health.

Help for Heroes work with more than 60 charity partners, including Aerobility, to ensure those who have suffered life-changing injuries or illness during, or as a result of their service, get the very best support for life. Throughout January, Help for Heroes are running a mental health campaign to increase awareness of the mental health support they offer and to encourage those suffering with anxiety, anger, stress and depression to take that first step in accessing support.

Please watch the campaign video here
You can find Daniel's full story here.

What is Hidden Wounds 

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds is a psychological wellbeing service offering free and confidential support to Veterans, their families and the families of those currently serving who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger and those wishing to change their drinking habits. Expert support is available by phone, Skype or face to face.

We "Pulled a Rivet"

This weekend Aerobility hosted a ‘Pull a Rivet’ event here at Blackbushe Airport. Patricia Mawuli Porter and Jonathan  'Yaw' Porter introduced an Aerobility group of around 40 people to the pleasure that can be had from building your own plane. Patricia and Jonathan have a similar all-inclusive ethos to Aerobility’s, so the afternoon was a great fit. All participants were able to try their hand at pulling a rivet, and using metal sheers, some of the basic skills employed in an aircraft build.

Says Operations Manager Brian Catchpoole, “Patricia and Jonathan conveyed their enthusiasm for aircraft building specifically and aviation generally with real passion. The question and answer sessions, were particularly animated. Although not necessarily our goal for the day, a number of people expressed an interest in the idea of Building a Plane, so who knows, with enough support maybe this could be an Aerobility project for the future?"

Thank you to everyone who took part - here are some of our favourite images from the day.

February 10, 2017

Exciting new fundraising event - become an Aerobility Wingwalker!

In support of Aerobility, we are looking for individuals who are committed to undertake one of the most amazing and exhilarating experiences of a lifetime!

Date: Friday 26th May, 2017
Location: RFC Rendcomb Airfield, The Whiteway, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7DF
In partnership with: AeroSuperBatics - find the website here

For more information on how to secure your place visit www.aerobility.com/wingwalk

In exchange for your fundraising efforts, Aerobility will cover the cost for each of our Wingwalkers to take part. To protect this investment by our charity, we will ask each participant to kindly agree to the following important terms: 

  • Pledge to raise a minimum of £600 in support of Aerobility, to guarantee a zero cost wing walk for the participant. 
  • If you are unable to raise a minimum of £300, this will result in the participant being invoiced the sum of £300 to reimburse Aerobility for the price of the wing walk.
We will actively support you to achieve your £600 pledge with your very own dedicated webpage and fundraising portal, as well as helping to promote this incredible event. 

IMPORTANT safety requirements each Aerobility Wingwalker must meet:
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • If over the age of 65 years old provide a doctor’s note, clearly stating the person in question is fit and able to take part in a wingwalking experience.
  • Be no taller than 6ft / 183cm.
  • Be no heavier than 13 stone / 82.5kg.
  • Have a waist measurement including layers of warm clothing and a jacket of no more than 40 inches / 102 cm.
  • Be able to climb completely unassisted up to and down from the top wing of one of our Boeing Stearman biplanes. This is a steep climb of approximately 10ft / 3m, involving a high leg lift up on to the bottom wing and another high leg lift to get over the side of the cockpit, kneeling and pulling yourself up using the various struts and wires to get on to the top wing.
  • Be able to withstand the strong wind pressures experienced while flying at speeds of up to 130mph.
  • Meet all listed health requirements stated in the application form provided. 
AeroSuperBatics have been in the display flying business for over 30 years, specialising in wingwalking since 1987 and have a 100% safety record. They also operate one of the best known and loved civilian air display acts, currently known as the Breitling Wingwalkers - a regular at airshows throughout Europe, China and the Middle East as well as displaying at events in Japan, India and even as far away as Australia.

The Wingwalking Experience
Following a full instruction and safety briefing, each Aerobility Wingwalker will be flown by one of the AeroSuperBatics wingwalking display pilots, taking to the skies on the top wing of a biplane and experience an exciting series of flypasts, zoom climbs, steep dives and banks in front of the family and friends you bring along on the day.

Each wingwalking experience lasts approximately 10 minutes.

We plan to make it a fun event for all your friends and family supporting you, and create a real party atmosphere throughout the day.

AEP Fire & Rescue

The AEP last Saturday looked at Fire and Rescue.  The group visited the Fire Station at Blackbushe where they had the chance to try on the uniform and breathing apparatus as well as looking at the fire trucks and having a go at using the hoses.  A big thank you to the team at the Fire Station.

After this they headed back to the classroom where they looked at the different types of fire possible and which specific extinguisher would be used to put it out. A very competitive game of fire triangle whist followed.

To end the session the group listened to actual footage of an incident in 2008 and watched a video of real aircraft crashes.  For some reason the group really enjoyed this!!!

February 07, 2017

Congratulations Arthur!

Our massive congratulations to Aerobility Flyer and Channel 4 presenter, Arthur Williams who has successfully achieved his night rating!

Training through December and January, it was almost impossible to avoid the heavy frost and fog, but that didn’t deter Arthur one bit.  

Congratulations once again, from everyone at Aerobility.

February 06, 2017

Aerobility ‘Pull a Rivet” Afternoon

Sunday 19th February - 13:00 in the Aerobility Hagar at Blackbushe. 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to build your own aeroplane? Is it something you would like to do, but not sure if you have the ability or stamina, or are you simply interested in what’s involved? Would you like to participate in a build, but with no obligation or financial investment? In which case the Aerobility ‘Pull a Rivet’ afternoon at Blackbushe on Sunday 19th February at 13:00 is made for you. Bring your wife / husband, children and Grandmother all will be welcome, to attend this fully inclusive introductory session.
Patricia and Jonathan ‘Yaw’ Porter are building a Zenair CH750 plane purchased as a kit. Patricia is particularly keen to ensure that people traditionally excluded from aircraft building projects such as women, children and disabled people are given the opportunity to hear about building a kit plane and on the same day able to participate in the actual build by pulling a rivet.
To this end Patricia and Jonathan will bring with them to Blackbushe part of the fuselage and the necessary tools to enable this sub section to be completed on the day. There is no obligation to participate, perhaps you would rather just come along and get a feel for how it works? But true to Aerobility’s ethos of inclusivity, everyone who wants to try will get the opportunity, and we mean everyone.
Don’t forget the hangar has full heating, with coffee and biscuits available, so providing a comfortable environment in which to spend an enjoyable and fun Sunday afternoon, who knows you might just be hooked. But whatever else you’ll have a great time.
If this is of interest just let Brian at Operation’s know, and remember feel free to bring the family or simply yourself. An inclusive event, both able bodied and persons with an impairment equally welcome.

Brian Catchpoole

To find out more about this project please see their Website or Facebook page

January 26, 2017

Aviation Education Programme 21st January

The latest Aviation Education Programme was last Saturday and was on two subjects.
The first was Airfield Operations. The group looked at a medium airport, in this case Farnborough. They studied the history of the airport and watched a video showing the role of operations and the services available.

This was followed by Air Traffic Control 2 and the group watched a fascinating video from NATS.  It showed all the flights in a 24 hour period.  A discussion on the flying patterns of aircraft followed along with a closer look at stacks. They then discussed which ATC you would speak to on a typical journey.  They used the example of Oaksey Park to Blackbushe.  The session ended with a quiz on aircraft headings with a brief look at controlling and separating aircraft in the skies.

 It was another great session with excellent input from the students.

January 19, 2017

Aerobility Ground School - Don't miss out!

Winter Ground School Programme 2017

Available to all Aerobility Flyers. 

£10 per session - payment to be made on the day

Each session will be: 
Location - Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe, briefing room.
Time - 10am to 4pm.
Session led by - Mike Owen.

Session dates and subjects: 
Tuesday 17th January - Navigation stage 1
Tuesday 24th January - Navigation stage 2
Tuesday 31st January - Flight Performance and Planning
Tuesday 7th February - Meterology 
Tuesday 14th February - Principles of Flight
Tuesday 21st February - Communications

To reserve your place, please email gail@aerobility.com

**Sessions may be subject to cancellation unless a minimum number commit to attend.

January 13, 2017

AEP Airfield Operations

Last Saturday we had our first AEP of the new term.  The subject was Airfield Operations.

The group split in to two with the first group going off in the buggy to explore the airport.

The second group went out on to the apron to run pre-flight inspection checks on the PA-28.

This was followed by coming back in to the warm classroom where the group watched some videos about airport planning and design and then briefly discussed the ethics and environmental implications of airports.  It was a very hands-on session which the group seemed to enjoy.  Maybe we have a few airport planners or engineers of the future amongst them!

January 11, 2017

Please support this exciting fundraising challenge!

On Saturday 14th January, a team at UK Virtual - the most advance virtual aviation group in the UK - will undertake a exciting simulator challenge in support of Aerobility!

Setting off at 7am and flying a solid 24 hours the members completing 12 back to back flights around Europe.

UK Virtual are half way to hitting their fundraising target of £500 and it is still possible to donate: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24challenge

If you're not able to donate, don't worry - your help to spread the news of this great fundraising effort along with the donation page link is of great value too! Please like and share this blog.

Thank you so much to each of the UK Virtual members involved - your support means the world to us.

You can find out more about the simulator challenge here and find the UK Virtual home page here.

Please don't forget to like and share this post!

December 23, 2016

A bit of Friday fun - name that car!

Firstly and most importantly - thank you so much to Signs Express Farnborough, not only for your year round support, but also for this amazing signage which was kindly produced and donated to our Aerobility vehicle!

To mark the occasion we are inviting our friends, flyers, followers and supporters to come up with a name to officially christen our car.

Simply place your suggestions in the post comments (Facebook/Twitter/Blog) or please send to info@aerobility.com.

The chosen name will be announced in the new year - we can't wait to hear your suggestions!