Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Young Flyers Wanted at RAF Halton

The annual RAF Halton Young Flyers event will take place at RAF Halton Airfield on Friday 16th June 2017 (1600-2030hrs).  The aim of the event is to fly over 100 service children from this historic RAF airfield around the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury.  The light aircraft flights will last around 20 minutes and are entirely funded by the pilots. 

The global ‘Young Eagles’ initiative was set-up in the late 1990s with the aim of flying 1 million children before the Centenary of Flight in 2003.  Although this was achieved in 2002, the RAF Halton Young Flyers has been so successful, that it continues as an annual event. The Halton initiative is open to Service children from a 50 mile radius of RAF Halton and now in its 18th year has flown in excess of 30% of all UK children in the global programme.

Chairman of the Halton Aero Club, Group Captain Mark Manwaring, said ‘We consider this day to be the highlight of our flying year.  Along with our part in the RAF Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme and Cadet Air Experience Flying, we see this event as a crucial investment in the ‘next generation’ and key to sustaining the success of British aviation.  If we can kindle an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics it will be a big win.  Last year (2016) our aim was to fly a minimum of 90 children and with a combination of kind weather and the generosity of our members, we comfortably achieved it.  This year is going to be bigger and better.’

To book a place for children aged 8-18, please contact the Bookings Co-Ordinator, Mr Nigel Marshall, by email at slowflyer123@aol.com .  Places are strictly limited, will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and available by booking in advance only!

Formed in 1925, the RAF Halton Aero Club is part of the RAF Flying Clubs’ Association whose collective mission is to: 

‘Afford Servicemen and women, irrespective of rank or trade, the ability to learn to fly at the minimum practical cost.’

This is achieved by profit-free flying rates on a well-equipped fleet of aircraft supported by a large instructional cadre and 364 days/year operation.  At just over £100/hour to fly the Club’s new Tecnam Sierra aircraft, a 40% saving on comparative training establishments is highly evident.  Beyond this outstanding saving, did you know that Enhanced Learning Credits can be used to fund your flying training? The Club is open to all Service personnel and dependants, and has a packed annual training, expedition and social programme.  For further details, contact the Ops Manager, FS (Ret’d) Mike Howard, on 95237 6178 or 01296 622697 and visit the website at www.haltonaeroclub.org.uk  This could be a phone call that changes your life…