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Young Children day - Saturday 2nd October 2021

Due to some COVID restrictions still in place, the visit to the Control Tower has been cancelled for this year.

Charities Unite Over Sea and Skies

13 Jul 2021

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.

The original plan to fly half the guests in the morning was quickly reshuffled with Wetwheels skipper Richard Hollick offering two morning sea trips. Everyone had a wonderful time with some of the guests piloting the boat.

After lunch against all odds, the weather cleared enough to enable flying to start. Helping Wings flew until the weather decided that everyone had had quite enough fun for one day and the cloud base stopped further flying. However, the one flight that was unable to launch will take place in the next few days and so, no-one will miss out.

Over breakfast at St Helier Yacht Club, the volunteers and guests were delighted to be joined by Helping Wings and Wetwheels joint patron, H. E. Sir Stephen Dalton who was accompanied by Lady Dalton.

Our partner for the day, Wetwheels, operates a specialist 9-metre motor catamaran for disabled and disadvantaged islanders and visitors to Jersey, allowing them to experience the joy of being out at sea.

Both charities are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful team of volunteers without whom, it would impossible to run such an event. They are also very grateful to the team efforts of Ports of Jersey, Jersey Air Traffic Control, St. Helier Yacht Club and the Jersey Aero Club who continuously support their events.

Helping Wings 2021 flying bursary

26 Jun 2021

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.

The first step is filling in this form found at the bottom of this page, or here, after which we will invite the applicants to come and meet us so that we can find out more about them and let them know more about the flying training.

To apply for the bursary, the applicant must be over 16 years old and be willing to share the flying experience on social media to help us raise the profile of the scholarship.

There is no medical examination for the scholarship, we may seek a medical opinion to ensure that both the successful candidate and the instructors can complete the scholarship safely. However, to date we have been able to welcome students with a variety of disabilities so please consider applying. If you have any concerns about your fitness to fly, you are welcome to contact us for a discussion before applying.

We will not share the information on this form beyond the selection panel without your consent. We will only retain the application form from the successful applicant whose details will be shared with Synergy Flight Training instructors.

Download the form here

Helping Wings is back in the sky

07 Jun 2021

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 is a charity providing opportunities for disadvantaged or disabled children and adults to experience the joy of flying in light aircraft.

For eagle eyed Islanders who might have wondered why there was some unusual activity in the sky on Saturday, this year, for the first time in Helping Wing’s history, fixed wing aircraft were joined by two locally based helicopters.

Due to the fantastic weather and flying visibility 19 round island flights took off, carrying 38 disadvantaged or disabled young adults and a family member or carer.

All pilots give their time and aircraft completely free of charge so it was particularly poignant for them and the other volunteers to be given the opportunity to speak to Helping Wings’ Patron Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Sir Stephen Dalton. He and Lady Dalton spent time with the team, taking a special interest in the operation of the event and people’s roles within it.

Eveline Hawkin, Chair of Helping Wings, said:

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteer pilots and ground crew in our team, without whom this event would just not happen.” “To see the smiles on people’s faces when they experience flying is so special.” “Sometimes when a guest arrives they are worried about getting into the aircraft but it is incredible to see the change in them when they get back; confident and brimming over with excitement about their experience.”

Covid restrictions permitting, Helping Wings has planned a ‘Sky and Sea Day’ with Wet Wheels in July, a ‘Children’s Flying Day’ in October and are hopeful to be able to recommence flying training with the Flying Scholarships Programme

News from your local flying charity…HELPING WINGS

10 May 2021

Great news…after a frustrating year and a half, Helping Wings is up in the air again!

Our first event for young adults is taking place on June 5th. This year, however, we are only able to offer a limited amount of flights. This is due to the ongoing Covid situation having proved difficult for pilots to keep their currency and aircraft still not back flying due to maintenance.

Looking ahead, we are hoping to be able to resume our scholarships, whether with Synergy, the UK flight training provider who is hoping to start operation at the Jersey Aero Club in the near future or with the help of Aerobility, the UK’s main flying school for the disabled.

As soon as we can, we will also offer ad-hoc flights for the many charities who regularly contact us and whose clients get a lot of pleasure from the flights.

As usual, we can’t emphasise enough that we simply could not operate without the support of our pilots who offer their time and aircraft free of charge, of all our helpers on the ground and also to the many businesses and organisations who continue to support us.

Helping Wings / Wetwheels Joint Day

05 Jul 2019

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.

Everything was set for this great concept until the day itself ! The sea conditions were ok for Wetwheels but the cloud base not good enough for the Helping Wings flights. Sadly the event had to be cancelled although Wetwheels did manage to do some sailing.

Four years on, a meeting was held recently between the two charities with the aim of trying again, using the same formula. Initially September was the favoured time but it was decided to bring the event forward to July in order to maximise the chances of good weather. It almost worked!

Thursday, 3rd July turned out to be a lovely warm and sunny day but with an annoying fresh north-easterly wind which was set to increase during the afternoon. There was only one choice and that was to abandon the idea of going to Guernsey. However, the conditions were good for flying and were good for sailing provided the Wetwheels boat remained in the protected waters off the island’s south coast.

So everyone met, as planned, at the Jersey Aero Club for breakfast with the two charities patron, His Excellency Sir Stephen Dalton, joining the group and chatting with guests and helpers alike.

A few phone calls were made to cancel the Guernsey arrangements and a few more were made to re-arrange the day so that everyone would be able to fly and to sail.

After breakfast, half the group set off for La Collette Marina and their trip along the island’s south coast. The other half remained at the aero club for their around the island flights taking in all the main sights around the coast. By lunchtime, all the first batch of flights had been completed and those guests were joined at the aero club by the Wetwheels group. Following a lunch prepared with little notice by the Jersey Aero Club and provided by Ravenscroft Group, the two parties swapped over, the morning sailors taking to the air and the flyers to the sea.

In all, 20 guests enjoyed a great day of sailing and flying. It wasn’t exactly as planned but that really didn’t matter. Helping Wings and Wetwheels had had their first, and very successful, joint event.

Our Patron (2017) – His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), BSc, FRAes, CCMI