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 or call 0303 303 1230 to book your place. 

August 17, 2016

Aerobility - 'We're the Superhumans'

Aerobility are incredibly proud to feature in the in the second-most-shared advert of all time, achieving over 1.26 million shares across social media in just three weeks - not to mention over 33 million views!

For anyone who might not have spotted us, Aerobility feature at at 1 minute 53 seconds with a shot of the famous Jessica Cox, star of 'Right Footed', flying our beloved Fox Papa for the aircraft's Superhuman shoot.

The three-minute long advert, created to celebrate Channel 4's Paralympic coverage, enlisted a cast of 140 disabled athletes, musicians and members of the public, all demonstrating their superhuman qualities.
You can find a link to the ad on Facebook and YouTube below - please help boost those views and shares even higher!

With over 4.17 million views on YouTube

And over 29 million views on Facebook

Read more about the ad here as it also features Fox Papa and Jessica Cox!

August 11, 2016

Flyer Case Studies

Aerobility Flyers: we have a volunteer coming in on Wednesday 24th August to help compile case studies from our flyers.
These case studies are helpful when applying for vital funding from trusts and sponsors but we do understand that not everyone is comfortable sharing their story.
If you would be interested in sharing your story and are available to come to Blackbushe on Wednesday 24th August between 11am-4pm or alternatively would like to write it yourself please contact or call 0303 303 1230 for more information.

August 10, 2016

Charity Garden Party in aid of Aerobility

Date: Sunday 28th August 2016
Time: 3pm - 10pm
Where: Medley Farm, Leaton, Shrewsbury SY4 3BA

Friend of Aerobility, Jason Buglass is kindly hosting a summer Garden Party at his home in aid of Aerobility on 28th August and it would be great to see as many of our flyers and supporters there as possible.

The afternoon and evening will include a BBQ, cash Bar and Tipi Tent. Please feel free to bring your own BBQ food or picnic if you prefer.

Aerobility Flyers: Sleap airfield is just minutes away, and Jason is happy to arrange collection from the airfield if you would like to fly in and stay the night.

Tickets are free and include entry and food. Donations to Aerobility are in lieu of a ticket price so please give generously. Donations can be given online or by contacting

Spaces are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

August 09, 2016

Wounded Warriors at Wallop – A celebration of flying achievement

The Air League and Aerobility invite wounded, injured and sick warriors and their families to join us to celebrate your flying achievements. Come fly with us over Wallop.

Saturday 17th September 2016 – Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Wiltshire

This unique event will see us take over Middle Wallop for the day. Flying in many vintage aircrafts is offered to the wounded servicemen and their families that have been part of an air activity in the last few years. A BBQ will be provided for all attendees and during the day, subject to availability, flying will be offered to all veterans and their families courtesy of The Air Squadron, Aerobility, The Air League and the Wallop Historic aircraft association. This will see a diverse range of aircraft and an eclectic mix of people to share experiences and celebrate throughout the day.

Flying day activities – Donation on the day.

To attend this event please contact the Aerobility office no later than 25th August 2016. We look forward to seeing you.

Please email or call 0303 303 1230