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.
The Not Forgotten
Having been contacted by our Patron, H.E. Sir Stephen Dalton about the possibility to fly for The Not Forgotten, we were able to organise a morning of flying on June 16th. Once again, we are so grateful to our volunteer pilots and our support team.
Joint Day Out with Wetwheels
Our guest enjoyed their trips on planes and boats
Butlin Family Trust Bursary Awarded
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Philippou is the 2022 recipient of the Butlin Family Charity Trust Bursary
Helping Wings 2022 flying bursary
For the 7th year, thanks to the support of Ports of Jersey, we are delighted to offer a local resident, the chance of a flying bursary (worth £2000 of flying training with Synergy Flight Training). We are looking for someone who may not otherwise get the chance to learn to fly and who would get maximum benefit from this offer. This could be a life changing experience for the lucky recipient! The closing date for the application is July 31st. We are then hoping to hold interview so that the recipient can start flying this summer.
Helping Wings Presentation, 4th of March, 2022
Helping Wings, Jerseys flying charity, presented bursaries for flying training at an event held at the Jersey Aero Club on Friday, 4th March.
Bursaries in 2021
2 bursaries have been awarded for 2021.
After weeks of wonderful weather, Saturday 2nd October turned out to be just about the worst possible day weather wise! At least, the decision as whether to fly or not was easy – all flying had to be cancelled.
Royal Air Squadron
7 aircraft from the RAS visited Jersey during the week end of 24th-26th September. The visit, arranged in conjunction with Government House, was very successful. The visiting crews flew 16 Helping Wings guests around the island during their visit.
Charities Unite Over Sea and Skies
It was a promising weather forecast for Thursday 8th July 2021, the date for the second joint event between Wetwheels and Helping Wings, however, our great British summer intervened! As the day dawned and guests from Les Amis, Eyecan, New Horizons and Tutela arrived, they were greeted with grey skies and poor visibility which threatened to put a stop to flying.
Helping Wings is back in the sky
After 18 months of being grounded by the Covid events that have restricted us all, Helping Wings have finally been able to take to the sky again.
Helping Wings 2021 flying bursary
Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce the 2021 bursary worth £2000 of flying training for the disadvantaged and the disabled of all ages sponsored by Ports of Jersey with Synergy Flight Training based at the Jersey Aero Club.
News from your local flying charity…HELPING WINGS
Great news…after a frustrating year and a half, Helping Wings is up in the air again!
Helping Wings / Wetwheels Joint Day
Four years ago Helping Wings and Wetwheels had the idea of combining forces for a joint event. The plan was to take a party of local disadvantaged and disabled people across to Guernsey for the day. Half the group would fly with Helping Wings, the other would sail with Wetwheels then everyone would swap mode of transport for the return.
Helping Wings Day, April 2019
Whenever Helping Wings has a Flying event, the weather always has a say - of course. In recent times poor weather has caused some disappointment and a lot of re-scheduling but not at this year’s Young People’s Day held on Saturday , 6th April.
Helping Wings Day, 10th Anniversary
2018 is a very special year for Helping Wings, Jersey’s flying charity. We’ve been providing flying opportunities to local disadvantaged and disabled people, of all ages, since 2008 so we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary.
2018 Flying Scholarship winner Ross received a certificate worth £2000 of flying training
Thursday 26th July was a very special day for Ross Le Noa. Ross is the winner of the 2018 Helping Wings flying scholarship, sponsored by Port of Jersey.
2018 Flying Scholarship awarded to Ross Le Noa
Helping Wings are delighted to announce that the 2018 Flying Scholarship sponsored by Ports of Jersey has been awarded to Ross Le Noa.
Helping wings day - 21st April 2018
It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, Saturday 21st of April. It’s light outside but not that light. The noise which has woken us up is that of steady but unforecast rain. Where is the sunny day we anticipated? Whatever the answer, we have to get ready for our 2018 Helping Wings day for young adults. Our first flights will take place at 10am ( hopefully ) and there is much to do! By the time we get to the aero club, the sky is already brightening, lifting the spirits of our team of helpers.
Our 2018 Event Dates
2018 is a milestone year for Helping Wings. We held our first event in October 2008. We now look forward to your joining us in our 10th anniversary year.
Another great Helping Wings Day, 7th October 2017
In the run up to our Helping Wings Day for younger children, the weather forecast looked really promising. But as Saturday, 7th October drew closer, the picture changed with the prospect of cloudy conditions with showers. Still, it didn’t look too bad and we’ve had successful events in the past when no flying has been possible.
Helping Wings Day - 7th October 2017
Our next Helping Wings day for young children will be held on Saturday 7th October at the Jersey Aero Club. This day is for children nominally aged 5 to 12 although we are happy to consider older children if appropriate and if space allows. For logistical reasons, we have to limit the total number of flights to 36. This year, we are delighted to have been offered a flight for 4 youngsters and 2 carers with Isle-Fly. As usual, bookings will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
2017 Helping Wings Flying Scholarship presentation
On Wednesday 2nd August, over 50 people attended the 2017 Helping Wings Flying Scholarship presentation held at the Jersey Aero Club in the presence of our Patron His Excellency Sir Stephen Dalton and Lady Dalton. Myra Shacklady, representing Ports of Jersey, was also with us presenting the awards.
Chakotay Wood, the 2015 Helping Wings Flying scholarship winner handed a cheque to Helping Wings
On Friday 28th April, Chakotay Wood, the 2015 Helping Wings Flying scholarship winner handed a cheque to Brian Heath, Helping Wings committee member and Chakotay’s mentor - a cheque for the amazing sum of £2553.92!
Helping Wings Event for teenagers and young Adults - Saturday 22 April 2017
Another brilliant day yesterday for our first event of the year.
His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), BSc, FRAes, CCMI has accepted to become our Patron
We are delighted that His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), BSc, FRAes, CCMI has accepted to become our Patron.
Young People's Day - Saturday 22nd April, 2017
Our first event of the year , sponsored by the Lions Club of Jersey, for teenagers and young adults is on Saturday 22nd April at the Jersey Aero Club.
2015 Helping Wings Flying Scholarship winner Chakotay Wood will be skydiving this coming April to raise funds for Helping Wings.
Helping Wings day - Saturday 1st October 2016
Amazing day yesterday for our traditional Helping Wings day for young children. The start of the day promised strong winds and heavy showers!
2016 Helping Wings scholarship for the lower limb disabled awarded to Melissa Alves
We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Helping Wings scholarship for the lower limb disabled sponsored by the Sir James Knott Trust has been awarded to wheelchair bound Melissa Alves.
The 2016 Jersey Air Display
Helping Wings has been very busy recently starting with our participation at the 2016 Jersey Air Display on Thursday 8th September. Blessed with blue skies, the display proved yet again truly spectacular. For us though, the highlight was our participation.
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight VII - Chakotay Wood
On Friday it was time for me to reach for the skies once more, surrounded by what could be described as a Mediterranean setting. With a tropical backdrop filling the sky with several shades of blue, silky soft and puffy white clouds scattered across the island of Jersey at just over a thousand feet. However in contrast the view from the ground varied completely, it appeared very overcast with the same old slogan: Business as usual. In my opinion I think it is safe to say that the true weather conditions can be very deceitful on the eye.
Les Amis - An article in the JEP by reporter Emily Smith
Residents of Les Amis had the best view of the Island this week when they were flown high into the sky thanks to Helping Wings charity.
Les Steward & Anthea Beck’s Cessna T303 G-PUSI
The sun was shining on July 13th for a group from The Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club visiting the Jersey Aero Club.
Helping Wings 2016 Flying Scholarship presentation
Tuesday 28th June at the Jersey Aero Club saw over 50 Helping Wings and club members as well as friends celebrating this year’s awards to two very worthy candidates
The 2016 Flying Scholarship for the lower limb disabled
Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce that thanks to the Sir James Knott Trust, it is able to offer, for 3 years, a new scholarship worth £5000 of flying training per year with the Jersey Aero Club for a local person with a lower limb disability.
De La Salle College annual island walk raises money for local charities
This annual event raises money for local charities and 12 year old Kenan Bryan made a presentation about Helping Wings at one of De La Salle College’s charity meetings. Helping Wings was then selected as one their recipients.
Member Elaine Curtis receiving a cheque from Waitrose
Helping Wings member Elaine Curtis receiving a cheque from Zana Le Meire and Ana De Freitas from Waitrose St. Brelade.
THE HAND CONTROL UNIT has at last arrived and is waiting installation by the aero club’s engineering department.
Helping Wings Presentation
On Thursday 11th February, the Helping Wings Team held an open evening at the Jersey Aero Club for local charities and schools.
Helping Wings launches the 2016 Flying Scholarship for the Disabled
Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce its 2016 bursary worth £2000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local disabled person.
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight VI - Chakotay Wood
Today I arrived at the Aero Club where a very eager group of extreme sports precipitants were waiting to disembark of a journey of a very different kind.
Helping Wings Christmas Tree
Helping Wings Christmas Tree at St. Peter’s Church from 21st to 28th December 2015 for their Christmas Tree festival.
Delighted Helping Wings pilot
Another delighted Helping Wings “pilot”… Isobel and her friend just back from her round the island flight with Jersey Aero Club Chief Flying instructor James Evans.
Helping Wings Day - October 3rd 2015
Oh - what a perfect day ! Over the years since we’ve been running our annual event for younger children, the weather has certainly been a mixed bag. Twice, all flying had to be cancelled. The children still had a great time though, enjoying all the other activities organised for them but…
2015 Jersey International Air Display
How amazing ! Helping Wings was given the chance to take part in the 2015 Jersey International Air Display.
Helping Wings and Wetwheels first joint venture
Well, things didn’t go quite as planned…..but that’s the Channel Islands weather for you!
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight IV - Chakotay Wood
Today the weather appeared to be overcast, however the conditions were variable and subjected to change. Quite frankly the weather was all over the shop; clear conditions in the East, dull and grey appearance at the airport and coming in from Guernsey to the west was low levelled clouds bringing in low visibility and light to medium rain. Despite this we decided that we would head up and survey the current conditions, there was pockets of turbulence here and there however the weather seemed manageable to me. We continued to progress on with our circuits consisting of touch and goes as per normal, we started to see these low level clouds come rolling in.
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight III - Chakotay Wood
Today started out in very typical British fashion, it was overcast and periods of rain with high winds. Later that afternoon the weathered had cleared and the sun was glowing again. However the wind still remained very strong and gusty, we decided to go up and survey the current weather conditions.
Jonathan Gready receiving a cheque from Lion Andrew Quinn which will enable Helping Wings to purchase a control column which will allow lower limb disabled people to fly. We are hoping to start training within the next few months.
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight II - Chakotay Wood
Today the weather was surprisingly full of sunshine and blue skies as far as the eye could see. You wouldn’t have thought that we just experienced torrential rain and thunderstorms.
Helping Wings Flying Scholarship Flight I - Chakotay Wood
Today I experienced my first flying lesson in gorgeous sunshine, coated by bright blue skies. The views of Jersey from the air was like a mirroring view of a Caribbean island.
Another flight for Holidays for Heroes
Another flight for Holidays for Heroes. Jersey Aero Club instructor Simon Harman took Sean and Chloe for a trip around the island. From the smiles on their faces… They obviously enjoyed it!
Young People's Day - April 2015
“Just a quick note to say thank you all so very much for the young people’s day. Mia and all of us had the most amazing day and cannot thank you all enough for giving up your time. Your kindness overwhelmed us. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces was beautiful. We all wish you all the luck on your future days”
Helping Wings launches the 2015 Flying Scholarship for the Disabled
Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce its 2015 bursary worth £2000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local disabled person.“We’re really excited about this year’s launch. We’ve changed the application process to allow islanders to nominate a disabled family member, friend or colleague who they feel would get the most benefit from the scholarship.”
Helping Wings Day 4th October 2014
After the most wonderful summer in recent memory, the signs of a change in the weather started to make themselves known by the weekend before Helping Wings Day on Saturday, October 4th. Of course, the weather had to break some time and gardeners were looking forward to welcome rain - who could blame them. But the Helping Wings team just wanted that good weather to last another week. It wasn’t to be. An active cold front was set to move in from the North West, bringing rain and wind to Jersey sometime early on the Saturday. At one stage it looked as though it might clear through early morning, to leave fresh if blustery conditions behind and, maybe, the chance of some flying but…… again, it wasn’t to be.
Wendy Lange-Smith at Grouville's rectory handing over a cheque for £610
Wendy Lange-Smith at Grouville’s rectory handing over a cheque for £610 from the Churches of St Martin de Grouville and St Peter La Rocque to Richard Hawkin, Helping Wings Secretary.
Our thanks to Stefanie Rondel and Alan Lloyd
Our thanks to Stefanie Rondel and Alan Lloyd who raised £387 for Helping Wings doing a tandem jump with Skydive Jersey recently.
Helping Wings Day - Saturday 4th October 2014
Helping Wings will be running its annual day for younger children (nominally age 7 to 12) on Saturday 4th October. The day will consist of entertainment such as a magician, police dog handlers, drawing competition, etc , as well as the chance to scramble over a Jersey Airport fire truck and, of course, each child will get a flight around the island in a light aircraft.
Waitrose Community Matters handing over a cheque for Helping Wings
Lisa Carney of Waitrose Community Matters in St Helier, Jersey handing over a cheque for Helping Wings to Eveline Hawkin, Chairman.
2014 Flying Scholarship
On the 27th June, Helping Wings awarded its annual Flying Scholarship to Gerard McGonigle. The presentation was made at the Jersey Aero Club by Ports of Jersey’s Group Commercial Director, Myra Shacklady, who had surprised the audience at last year’s presentation by announcing a three year sponsorship for the scholarship by the Ports of Jersey.
Helping Wings Scholarship Presentation
Myra Shacklady, Group Commercial Director of our sponsor Ports of Jersey, will present Gerard with his scholarship on Friday 27th June at the Jersey Aero Club.
Helping Wings Scholarship awarded to Gerard Mc Gonigle
We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Helping Wings flying scholarship sponsored by the Ports of Jersey has been awarded to Gerard Mc Gonigle.
Matthew Perree wins JAC award
Matthew Pérrée, one of our 2013 Flying Scholarship winners won again last night, at the Jersey Aero Club’s Flying Awards ceremony. Matthew was chosen as the recipient of the Airmanship award. The aero club’s Chief Flying Instructor, James Evans, explained that Matthew had indeed demonstrated great airmanship with his knowledge and obvious enthusiasm.
Flying Scholarships for the disabled
Helping Wings, the Jersey light aviation charity, is delighted to announce a bursary worth approximately £1600 towards the costs of 10 hours flight training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local disabled person.
Helping Wings Day - 5th April
Following last year’s decision to run a separate day for older children, more appropriate to their needs than the children’s party atmosphere of the traditional October Helping Wings Day, the Helping Wings team organised the 2014 day for the 5th April.
Helping Wings 2014 Introduction
Enabling disadvantaged children and the disabled of all ages to share the exhilaration and fulfilment of flying.
Flying Scholarship application 2013
Thank you for your interest in learning to fly! Please read the following three paragraphs carefully
Helping Wings Day 2012
The chosen date for the 2012 Helping Wings day could not have been a worse choice. It rained virtually all day long, with poor visibility and low cloud combining to make flying impossible. Even the commercial flights were grounded for a while.