September 22, 2017

British Aviation Group Dinner

Last night was the British Aviation Group Annual Dinner at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane. 360 aviation and aerospace professionals attended, and Aerobility was lucky enough to be the chosen charity for the evening. Nearly £5000 was donated by the attendees for Aerobility on the night! This is a fabulous result and hugely beneficial to the charity and those we support.

We were kindly hosted by Chairman Graham Bolton, and the attached picture is with our friend and Toastmaster Richard Birtchnell. Great to meet so many aviation professionals including Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye who also spoke at the event.

This is our seventh year working with the British Aviation Group and one we hope continues into the future.


September 20, 2017

Whatever the disability, we can get you safely in to the air!

In July this year our Aerobility Flying Instructor, Norman had the pleasure of flying with an incredible lady named Julie Davies.

Julie is blind and a double leg amputee, but still retains her awe-inspiring and adventurous spirit.

After being hoisted into the aircraft and with her son in the back seat, Julie was raring to go! 

Julie told us that hearing how things sound through the headphones and the sensation of the aircraft as it accelerated into take-off were wonderful to experience. Once in flight, Julie was able to take the controls and feel how the aircraft responded to her commands.


Both Julie and her son found the flight exhilarating and hope that others read this and understand the positive outcomes they can enjoy from considering a trial flight with Aerobility. 

Julie kindly sent us this photograph from the day.

If you know anyone that could benefit from our accessible aviation based and flying services, we'd love to hear from them - frontdesk@aerobility.com or call 0303 303 1230.

September 18, 2017

Another very happy client!

 Jodi came to us for her first flight last week and here's what she had to say about her experience...


Hi there, 

I had my flight today at 12pm and I honestly can't thank you all enough for
an amazing experience!!!
I'd like to say a big thank you to Nick Glover who took me and my partner
out, he was amazing and made me feel extremely comfortable and relaxed. He
is a huge credit to your organisation!!
I was extremely nervous when we arrived but as soon as I was up in the air I
felt totally relaxed.
Another big thank you to Damien in reception who is very professional and
really helpful!! 

Here's a picture of me and Nick together after the flight, honestly can't
thank everyone at aerobility enough for all your help!!

I will be recommending your experiences to all friends and family!!

Kind regards 
Jodi Godfree 

September 13, 2017

Invitation for Aerobility Flyers and Volunteers.


Saturday 16th September

This Saturday we are joined by our friends at Disability Initiative, as we host their team building event.

In the afternoon, this includes a mobile planetarium, which will be staged in our hangar.

As a thank you for using our facilities, Disability Initiative have kindly opened the invitation for five of our flyers or volunteers to join them for the planetarium experience.

If you are available on Satruday and can arrive just before the start time of 14:00, please contact Laura@Aerobility.com by 12:00 tomorrow (Thursday 14th) for your chance to be selected.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Aerobility to appear on Songs of Praise - this Sunday!

Make sure you don't miss us on this weeks episode - Sunday 17th September at 16:00.

Click here for more details.


September 11, 2017

Autumn - Winter Ground School


We are pleased to announce our first Autumn and Winter Ground School Boot Camp!

These are intense study sessions focused to support you in passing each of the exams on the predetermined dates listed below:

To book your place please email frontdesk@aerobility.com 

Each class will run from 10:00 - 16:00.
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Week One - 9th to 11th October
9th - Air Law
10th - Ops
11th - Human Perf
Exams for the above subjects will be held on 13th October. 
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Week Two - 17th to 19th October
17th - Met session 1
18th - Met session 2
19th - Coms
Exams for the above subjects will be held on 20th October. 
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Week Three - 30th October to 1st November
30th - AGK session 1
31st - AGK session 2
1st - POF
Exams for the above subjects will be held on 6th November. 
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Week Four - 7th to 10th November
7th - NAV session 1
8th - NAV session 2
9th - Flight planning & Perf
Exams for the above subjects will be held on 13th November. 
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Those who have expressed interest in receiving a one to one session with Jackie Langmead will be contacted very soon.  

September 04, 2017

Huge thank you to Cranleigh Lions!

A huge thank you to our friends Rod and Paul from the Lions Club of Cranleigh and District, who visited us on Monday to deliver an amazing donation of £1,000!

This funds will go a long way in helping us continue to make flight accessible for disabled people.

Thank you again Cranleigh Lions!



Congratulations to Mark Hemming!

Huge congratulations to Mark Hemming who completed the Parallel London 1k on Sunday in just 8 minutes 27 seconds!

Mark decided to attempt a run, not something he has done since his injury, but incredibly ran almost half the distance - what an amazing achievement.

If all that wasn't enough, Mark also raised a phenomenal £1,000 in support of Aerobility - another significant achievement all on it's own.

Thank you so much to Mark and to everyone who showed their support through sponsorship.

These funds will go a long way in helping Aerobility continue making the magic of flight accessible to disabled people.




August 31, 2017

Your chance to fly in a Tiger Moth!

Introducing, Aerobility Tiger Moth Sunday!

We are pleased to announce that with the assistance of some great friends of Aerobility, we will be holding a Tiger Moth Day at White Waltham airfield on Sunday 17th September. This day will be open to all our flyers and there will be a special hoist available for those who need it. There will be a small 'token' charge, but we will endeavour to keep this as low as possible.

To those who have never visited White Waltham before, you are in for a treat - the airfield has a lovely 'retro' feel to it. What better way to spend a (hopefully warm) Sunday while waiting for your flight. Sipping coffee and enjoying sandwiches on the lawn has to up there as one of the best ways to spend part of your weekend.

Although this experience is open to all Aerobility flyers the number of people who can fly will be limited and strictly by invitation only.  

To ensure everyone receives a fair chance of securing an invitation, please contact brian@aerobility.com by 17:00 on Thursday 7th September and we will draw names from the hat the next day. 

If you don't hear from us by 17:00 on Friday 8th September then we're sorry, that means your name has not been drawn.

Please remember, that to be eligible to entered into the next Fridays draw, you must be an existing flyer with Aerobility. 

Best of luck to everyone who puts themselves forward for the chance to undertake this amazing experience. 

Please welcome, Paula Gibson!

NATS Business Support for Aerobility

Hi there,

My Name is Paula Gibson and I have recently joined the Aerobility Family as Head of Business Support.

I have joined on a 12 month Secondment from NATS (National Air Traffic Services), where I have worked for many years in a variety of very interesting roles.

I have two daughters who are grown up and have flown the nest (Laura & Aimee), and I have been married to Gary for 32 years. NATS is a bit of family commitment for us as we all have some involvement with them. 

Paula Gibson and Aerobility CEO Mike Miller-Smith pictured next to the World's first specially adapted aircraft for disabled use. The design and purchase of this aircraft was made possible through the immense fundraising efforts of NATS employees. 

NATS staff support a wide range of charities across the UK and there is a group of charities that NATS supports on a corporate basis, one such charity is Aerobility.

I am so pleased to have been given this opportunity to work with this amazing, life-changing charity. Since joining 3 weeks ago I have met some incredibly inspiring disabled flyers all with their own very special and very inspirational stories.

One of the many things I have started working on has been getting the new building up and running. We have recently taken ownership of a portable classroom.  It needs a lot of work to decorate it and make it wheelchair friendly - I’ve already roped in some current and retired NATS staff to lend a hand and the place is looking better already.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and working with such amazing people.

All of my family and friends that know me need to watch out, as I will be roping them into helping support Aerobility in some shape or form ;-)

Hopefully I will get to meet you all soon!

August 23, 2017

Congratulations to the winner of our Breitling Raffle!

We were delighted to unite our Breitling Raffle prize winner, Tanya Hudson with her beautiful prize last week!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported Aerobility as part of this exciting prize draw.

Congratulations Tanya!


August 09, 2017

Touring group to Calais

The latest Touring Group to a trip to France last week, stopping off for what we here was a delicious lunch in Calais!