Congratulations and respect to staff at CTC Aviation who have just presented UK flying charity Aerobility with a cheque for £6,080.
CTC Aviation staff members raised funds 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. Mike said “The life changing work of Aerobility 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. 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.”
Many of us at FTN towers have had the privilege of seeing Blackbushe-based Aerobility at work. Aerobility is a registered charity offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation based activities, removing barriers and offering 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. If that’s not enough, here’s another example of what they do day-to-day.
As a child, Simon Li was told that, having been diagnosed with dyslexia, he could never realise his flying ambitions. Aerobility enabled Simon to complete his PPL in 2010 and 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).
CTC Aviation has long supported Aerobility initiatives, having selected Aerobility as its nominated charity for a number of years, so here’s to the continued success of their relationship.