Enabling the disadvantaged and disabled of all ages to share the exhilaration and fulfilment of flying
Helping Wings, Jersey’s flying charity aims to share the excitement of flying in a light aircraft with local Jersey residents who would otherwise not get the chance.
Since its inception in 2008, with the support of our members, volunteer pilots and partners, over 1000 guests have enjoyed a flying experience either by participating in one of our activity days or on an individually arranged flight.
Those guests range from children as young as 5 through to our more senior citizens.
The aim is to be as inclusive as possible covering not just disabilities but reaching out to anyone disadvantaged or simply needing a boost in their daily lives.
Our latest news
Ports of Jersey 2023 Flying Bursary
Helping Wings is delighted to announce that applications can now be made for the 2023 flying bursary sponsored by Ports of Jersey.The successful applicant will receive 10 hours of flying training with Synergy Flight Training who are based at the Jersey Aero Club.If you have any questions regarding the bursary, just drop us a line at [email protected]
Helping Wings has a new Patron
We are delighted to announce that Jersey's new Governor, His Excellency Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE, has agreed to be our new Patron. His Excellency served as an Officer in the Royal Navy for 37 years and latterly served as Fleet Commander, which is the Royal Navy’s most senior Warfare Officer and is second in command to the First Sea Lord.
2022 Children's Day
The weather for our 18th September could not have been more perfect and with 31 families booked to fly around the island with our volunteer pilots, it was a busy day!However, the time passed quickly thanks to the other activities which kept the children busy.Very popular were the Ports of Jersey Fire and Rescue Team with their fire truck and light aircraft, they are always one of the highlights of the day.Everyone enjoyed the return visit of the Police Dogs with their handlers Sgt Dave Bisson and PC Duncan Gray. Everyone was fascinated by the demonstration but also by the obvious the enjoyment the dogs get out of it!New this year were rides in a vintage potato lorry driven by John Le Ruez and that too proved very popular.Within the Club room of the JAC, there was also plenty to do - a visit from Chicano, the magician, had the children spell bound whilst many of them loved having their face painted by Mia.The children were given pictures of Paddington Bear to colour in memory of Queen Elizabeth . Those will, hopefully, be our Christmas tree decorations at St. Peter’s church for their Christmas tree festival.
Ports of Jersey Bursary
Heather's First Flight Helping Wings is delighted to award the 2022 flying bursary sponsored by Ports of Jersey to Heather Armstrong. 16 years old Heather who is profoundly deaf thoroughly enjoyed her first flight with Synergy instructor Martin (pictured).Heather who is about to start 6th form at Jersey College for Girls loves horse riding and ballet. She will be adding flying to her list of achievements!We wish her well with her flying and look forward to posting updates on our Facebook page.We also wish to thank Ports of Jersey for their continued support.
Our upcoming events
Spring Flying Day
Aimed at young adults aged 13 to 25, the day consists of a flight around the island and a visit to Jersey Air Traffic Tower.