PremiAir selects Aerobility as its charity of choice.

Thursday 29th August 2013

  • PremiAir
  • Aerobility

Newly restructured PremiAir Aviation International has selected Aerobility, the UK-based disabled flying organisation, as its charity of choice.  PremiAir will be supporting Aerobility in a number of different ways.  It is delighted to be hosting the charity at its Stand G30 at the upcoming Helitech International Show at Excel London on 24 - 26 September which provides a great opportunity for the charity to significantly raise its profile amongst the rotary wing community. Looking to the future when Aerobility's new hangar is built at Blackbushe, thanks to the support of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, PremiAir will be providing furniture and computing equipment for the facility.

When the opening of its West London Heliport takes place PremiAir will also encourage Aerobility to host a static display and arrange a fly past as a partner at the event. In addition PremiAir hopes that Aerobility will position its Mobile Flight Simulator at the launch event so visitors can experience the excitement of flight.

"PremiAir is dedicated to running a successful business and we believe that part of this incorporates an element of corporate social responsibility. Aerobility are our neighbours here at Blackbushe and we believe it is a great charity, offering a really worthwhile service to the disabled community. As an aviation organisation we are pleased to be able to support its continued growth and look forward to providing innovative profile raising and support solutions," said Graham Avery, CEO of PremiAir Aviation International.

Since its launch in 1993, Aerobility has offered disabled people the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight in its modified aircraft. For some, the experience is often enough to change their outlook on disability forever, whilst others decide to continue their training all the way to securing a Private Pilot's Licence. Aerobility also provides 'experience of a lifetime' trial flying lessons for many disabled people every year, subsidised flying days for other disability charities and at-cost instruction and qualification flight training to disabled people.

Aerobility famously took part in the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony with a spectacular pyrotechnic fly past over the Olympic Stadium. The charity currently operates four adapted aircraft and eagerly awaits the delivery of its new Tecnam P2002 aircraft at the end of September. This momentous aircraft, which is funded through the generous support of the UK Air Traffic Control Community and NATS is the first aircraft built by an aircraft manufacturer for disabled pilots and incorporates a number of innovative adaptions. The charity has also developed specialist access equipment such as the RoboHoist which smoothly lifts wheelchair users into the pilot seat.

Aerobility flies over 400 physically disabled, learning disabled, wounded soldiers and sensory impaired people every year.  Many of these people go on to become students and experience the transformative effects of learning to fly. It strives to remove the barriers of disability to flight so that everyone, regardless of disability, is able to benefit from the life-changing experience of flight. The name, Aerobility, encompasses who it is as a charity by combining its core-attributes: Aerospace and Ability.

"Aerobility is not only dedicated to putting smiles on faces, but most importantly focuses on ability not disability - helping people find out what they can achieve through the magic of flight " says Aerobility CEO Mike Miller Smith. "Building a relationship with our neighbour, PremiAir, has the potential to help the charity enormously and we are very pleased to develop the relationship, and together we can positively influence the lives of disabled people."

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