July 28, 2016

Kids Fareham Flying Day

Saturday 23rd July saw Kids Fareham have a full fun packed day.  The group toured the airfield in the buggy, had a go in the simulator, made model gliders, visited the fire station and took an experience flight in one of our specially adapted aircraft.

They had great fun and there were lots of smiles throughout the day.Just before they left they were all presented with a flight certificate to show their achievements.

July 22, 2016

Oak Lodge Flying Day

A very hot July day saw Oak Lodge come to Aerobility for their flying day, funded by Zurich.

Twelve youngsters with special needs took to the skies as well as enjoying buggy rides around the airfield and making model airplanes.  They also enjoyed flying the simulator.

A good day was had by all judging by the smiles throughout the day.

July 20, 2016

Aerobility Raffle - Golden Ticket winner announced

Aerobility are happy to report that their recent ‘Golden Ticket’ prize draw was drawn by members of the famous ‘Blades Aerobatic Display Team’ on the last day of the Farnborough Air Show.
We are pleased to announce that the lucky winner with ticket number 0168 was Alan Taylor who lives in Surrey. Alan wins the limited edition Breitling Chronomat Blackbird.

Congratulations to Alan, and we all look forward to the next sensational Aerobility draw.


Touring Group to Old Warden - written by Aerobility Flyer Brian Jupp

Saturday 16th July saw our smallest touring group trip so far.  Only three members and one instructor flew off to Old Warden airfield to view the Shuttleworth collection.

The flyers were Brian Jupp, Barry Hobkirk and Richard Bulley, accompanied by Stuart Redman–Lusher as instructor.

For a change, the weather was flyable so Richard flew with Stuart, as he needed the hand control and be able to log the flying hours, while I flew with Barry. The trip up was the usual route, via Stokenchurch tower and took about 34 minutes in the Cherokee 6, flown by Barry and just a bit over that for Richard and Stuart. There was a display of old farm machinery and of course the aircraft, firstly in the hangars and later out on the field with some of them being flown.

The route back for Barry and myself was via Stapleford, Thurrock and the M25 corridor, being instructed by Farnborough to fly via Ockham and to approach Blackbushe from the north to keep clear of FIA display. I must be getting better as my landing was ok. Richard and Stuart landed a few minutes after us, having reversed the outbound route.

A shame there were only 3 of us, come on touring group members, don't let us lose this opportunity to fly away as a group!

July 15, 2016

CTC Aviation staff raise over £6,000 for Aerobility!

UK flying charity Aerobility was presented with a cheque for £6,080 from airline pilot training and resourcing organisation, CTC Aviation at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow.
CTC Aviation staff members raised funds for their chosen charity through a variety of events.  According to Aerobility Chief Executive, Mike Miller-Smith MBE, the donation will provide integral project and programme funding to Aerobility, which relies entirely on donations - in cash and kind - to enable disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.

Receiving the cheque from CTC Aviation’s President, Rob Clarke, Miller Smith commented
“The life changing work of aviation is only made possible through the support of our industry partners. CTC Aviation has been one of our biggest positive influences and most supportive corporate friends, and the fact that CTC Aviation employees have raised this money themselves through their own initiatives and hard work aptly demonstrates our common bond and shared interest in flight. Together we are changing hundreds of lives through the magic of aviation participation. To celebrate this at Farnborough International Airshow seems very appropriate.”
 As a child, Simon Li was told that, having been diagnosed with dyslexia - could never realise his flying ambitions. Aerobility enabled Simon to complete his PPL in 2010 and was delighted when Aerobility put him in contact with CTC Aviation where, contrary to what he had been told as a child, Simon was able to complete his Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) rating, Instrument Rating (IR) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) through the company’s modular “CTC TAKEOFF” professional pilot training course.
CTC Aviation has long supported Aerobility initiatives, having selected Aerobility as its nominated charity for a number of years.  CTC Aviation trainees, instructors and careers advisers are supporting the Aerobility Chalet at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow Futures Day on Friday 15th July and throughout the public days (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July) providing an opportunity for aspiring pilots of all abilities to visit the teams and discover more about the opportunities available to them.
CTC Aviation has also donated a ‘CTC EXPERIENCE’ A320 full-flight simulator ride for the Blackbushe Airday raffle being held in support of Aerobility at Blackbushe Airport, Surrey (UK) on Saturday 30th July, 2016. www.blackbusheairday.com

Members of the Aerobility team also join CTC Aviation for its Airline Pilot Careers Events, held at CTC Aviation’s Crew Training Centre – Southampton (UK). Free tickets are now available for the next event on Saturday 30 July, featuring guest speakers from British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Flybe.  Discover more and register for tickets today ctcaviation.com/events

Visit the Aerobility and CTC Aviation team at Farnborough Air Show on Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2016 farnborough.com along J Row Hinardi Way at the western end of the flight line.

Media Contact:
Holly Mitchell: Marketing Executive - Communications
CTC Aviation
t: +44 (0)7990 003 447

About CTC Aviation

CTC Aviation is a global pilot training and resourcing company providing innovative solutions in partnership with customers around the world.  Latest-generation Crew Training Centres and resources are located at attractive, well-connected, convenient locations in the UK, NZ and USA.
CTC Aviation’s services cover the full spectrum of requirements from ab initio trainee pilot selection, training and airline placement to the more advanced aircrew selection, training and provisioning requirements for experienced pilots, instructors and examiners.
An Internationally Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for ab initio and type rating training, the company trains and recruits approximately 3000 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year.
Airline customers include British Airways, Cathay Dragon, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, fastjet, Flybe, flydubai, IndiGo, Jet2.com, Jet Airways, the Jetstar Group, Monarch Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

CTC Aviation is an L-3 company. 

About Aerobility

Aerobility is a registered charity offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation based activities.  Aerobility removes barriers and offers disabled people a real sense of achievement and life changing freedom.  Aerobility's specially adapted light aircraft fly from various airfields around the UK and every year support over 500 physically disabled, learning-disabled, wounded soldiers and sensory impaired people. Participants are supported to learn to fly, gain independence or employment in aviation.

For more information about Aerobility please visit www.aerobility.com  email info@aerobility.com or call 0303 303 1230

July 14, 2016

Westgate School Flying Day

A sunny July day was the perfect setting for Westgate School to go flying.

Eight young students took to the sky as well as having a go in the sim, a tour of the the airfield in the buggy and building and then flying model aeroplanes.

There were lots of smiles on the day especially when the group were awarded their flight certificates!

July 04, 2016

Fundraising News - Andy Taylor update

Fundraising news - Andy Taylor in Maastrict Ironman!

As some of you may already know Andy Taylor, a volunteer flying instructor is raising money for Aerobility as he undertakes the massive Masstrict Ironman on 31st July - a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run!

In the lead up to this mammoth event, Aerobility continue to follow Andy's extreme training regime and here's he latest! 

Andy tells us, "The training is going well thanks. I'm going out on some long rides and runs now and have just completed The Dambuster standard distance triathlon at the weekend. This triathlon is a lot shorter than an Ironman (1.5km swim, 42km cycle, 10km run), but it gave me a good gauge of my fitness at the moment."

When The Dambuster is part of your training regime, there is no doubt in our minds just how huge of an undertaking the Maastrict Ironman is!

Below are some pictures Andy kindly shared with us, from the recent Dambuster. 

Please show your support and sponsor Andy through the link provided above. 

Thank you.