The aviation industry comes together once-again in support of disabled flying

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

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Aerobility, the disabled flying charity, joins forces with London Biggin Hill Airport, to take the Armchair Airshow to new heights – live from the cockpit!

The 2021 edition of this airshow calendar-event, is set for Saturday 29th May. With the airport as its backdrop, the Armchair Airshow will once-more reimagine the airshow experience, live streamed to your living room, bringing the thrill of live aviation direct to your home, wherever you are.

Names familiar to the show such as legendary George ‘Smokey’ Bacon and Mike Ling will be joined by our roving reporter, pilot and TV presenter Arthur Williams, along with aviators and display teams from all over the world.

Neil Tucker, Aerobility flyer, highlights the importance of the work the airshow supports: “There was a chance that I was never going to walk again… Then Aerobility took me from a very, very dark corner that I was in, and when I was well enough, fit enough and frankly safe enough to come to Aerobility, I took a test flight… All of a sudden, I was 18 years old again, the years melted off, the injuries didn’t even exist, the pain doesn’t exist, it’s just magic, just absolute magic…Aerobility has got a wonderful way of changing people’s lives for the better.”

Mike Miller-Smith, CEO at Aerobility, said “Thanks to support from London Biggin Hill Airport, we will be able to deliver more of this support, to more people. The airport understands us and they get what we do. Access to aviation, provides a magical experience, a focus on capabilities and a relief from the restrictions of disability, that can change lives.”

Colin Hitchins, Head of CSR and Sustainability at the airport said “After seeing the Armchair Airshow last year and the great work it makes possible at Aerobilty, we knew we had to be involved. Not only did the 2020 show bring us flights in the Space Shuttle and exclusive display footage from the Red Arrows but it raised significant funds in support of disabled flying. The benchmark is definitely high, but we can’t wait to support Aerobility with achieving even more this year.

For now, watch this space and get Saturday 29th May in your diary. You can register for updates by visiting www.armchairairshow.com. To get involved and support the event please contact marcus@aerobility.com.

 

 

Captions:

Aeroblility's facilities provide access to aviation to anyone with a disability

(Left to right) Aviators George 'Smokey' Bacon, Jon Wendover and Mike Ling will participate in the Armchair Airshow

Aerobility Chief Flying Instructor, Mike Owen (left) with pilot and tv presenter Arthur Williams

 

Contacts:

 

Marcus O’Shea,  Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications at Aerobility   

marcus@Aerobility.com  

www.aerobility.com  

 

Issued by Emerald Media  – PR for Aerobility  

liz.danner@emeraldmedia.co.uk  

About Aerobility    

Aerobility is a leading disabled flying charity based at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, UK. It represents the needs of disabled people whatever their aviation needs and aspirations and it offers anyone, with any disability, the opportunity to learn to fly and to participate in aviation-based activities. It does this to drive focus on capabilities and encourage the individual to ask themselves ‘If I can fly an aeroplane, what else can I do?’. This has the potential to improve the quality of life and life opportunity for disabled people including the wounded, injured and sick members of our Armed Forces Community.  

 

About London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to more than 70 resident aviation businesses.

Located just 12 miles from central London, is designated UK Port of Entry, offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and aircraft maintenance services.

An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of the capital makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

There are very few places in the world other than London Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.

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