Helping Wings Day, April 2019

06 Apr 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.

The sun shone for our 15 young guests giving them, their families and careers great conditions to enjoy their flights around the island of Jersey. 7 Helping Wings volunteer pilots provided their time and aircraft with a further team of volunteers providing all the back-up support needed for the day.

The event was sponsored by local company, Blue Flame Digital Solutions Ltd. In fact Blue Flame’s CEO, Phil Taylor, not only provided the funding but was also one of the pilots on the day !

Apart from the flight, everyone got the chance to visit Jersey Airports’s control tower where they saw the air traffic controllers controlling aircraft at Jersey and in the large surrounding area of Channel Islands airspace. The view from the top of the tower was amazing.

In all, 36 guests flew during the day. For some it was their first time with Helping Wings and maybe the first time they’d flown in a light aircraft. But whether they were first timers or not, it was clear from their smiles that they all enjoyed a great day. Some even got the chance to star on Channel TV !

As always, events like this Helping Wings Day only happen because a lot of people have willingly given their time and effort to ensure the day’s success. Those people, both Helping Wings members and those in partner organisations, are too many to be individually named but, to them and on behalf of all the day’s guests, Helping Wings says a massive “ Thank you “.

Helping Wings Day, 10th Anniversary

06 Oct 2018

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.

There’s a particular event which marks the anniversary date and that’s the Helping Wings Day for younger children, this year held on the 6th October. This event has been running throughout the whole 10 years with a format which has remained largely unchanged - it works ! This year, the event was sponsored by local company Blue Flame Digital.

We have given the experience of flight in a light aircraft to hundreds of young children by working with other island charities and directly with individuals. We also try to include brothers and sisters, parents and carers wherever possible so that everyone can enjoy this potentially life-changing experience.

Of course, all the best organisation in the world can’t control the weather and the 6th October was notable for being the one day of bad weather during a long period of Indian summer. So, the 30 plus around the island fights which would have taken the 37 families booked in couldn’t take place. But even if it was raining the spirits of our young guests couldn’t be dampened.

Several activities took place throughout the day including drawing competitions, a magic show by Chicano, the chance to see the aircraft and, most importantly, a visit from the airport’s fire service - always a highlight of the day.

During the afternoon the charity’s patron, His Excellency Sir Stephen Dalton and Lady Dalton paid a visit. Spending time talking with the children and their parents, their visit culminated in Sir Stephen cutting the specially made 10th anniversary cake. After such a successful day, it now only remains to arrange the flights for another, hopefully sunnier, day when everyone can enjoy their flight around the island.

2018 Flying Scholarship winner Ross received a certificate worth £2000 of flying training

28 Jul 2018

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.

Ross received a certificate worth £2000 of flying training at the Jersey Aero Club.

Andrew Boustouler, Chief Financial Officer & Deputy GCEO represented Ports of Jersey and presented Ross with his certificate and a flying log book which will allow Ross to keep a record of his flying training.

During the evening Jersey Aero Club Instructor Gary Phillips updated the audience about the recent changes at the club including the purchase of three brand new aeroplanes which will replace the current fleet.

Ports of Jersey Andrew Boustouler, 2018 scholarship winner - Ross Le Noa and Jersey Aero Club instructor - Gary Philips Ross le Noa and pass HW scholarship winners Chakotay Wood, Emma Le Seller and Melissa Alves

2018 Flying Scholarship awarded to Ross Le Noa

10 Jul 2018

Helping Wings are delighted to announce that the 2018 Flying Scholarship sponsored by Ports of Jersey has been awarded to Ross Le Noa.

Ross Le Noa

Helping wings day - 21st April 2018

29 Apr 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.

We have an hour in which to prepare the room and set up our reception desk before our first guests arrive. Our volunteer pilots are already checking their aircraft and we’ve spoken to Jersey Air Traffic Control to confirm our schedule for the day and agreed the route for our round the island flights. Our young adults and their parents, siblings and carers will see Grosnez Castle, the full length of the north coast to Rozel Bay before turning south to pass St Catherine’s breakwater and Gorey Castle. Then, following the south coast, they’ll pass St. Helier’s harbour cut across St Aubin’s Bay to Noirmont headland and Corbière before turning right along St. Ouen’s Bay prior to landing. The flight time will be about 30 minutes.

Back at the aero club, there will be a chance to swap stories with friends whilst enjoying the refreshments provided by Helping Wings. A few of our guests are “regulars” at our events and it’s good to see everyone getting on so well together.

Another important aspect of the young adult’s day is the chance to visit the airport control tower and enjoy the spectacular views.

By the end of the day, we will have made 18 flights are carried just over 40 passengers. The day has gone perfectly with the weather turning out exactly as forecast - sunny and warm.

A big part of the day is the work which goes on in the background to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time. So, once again, a massive vote of thanks is due to our team of helpers and volunteer pilots as well to Jersey Airport’s Air Traffic Control and this year’s sponsor, Blue Flame Digital Solutions Limited.

Looking ahead, our big event of the year will be our day for young children in October, this year marking a vey special event for Helping Wings, our 10th anniversary.

Team getting ready

The Helping Wings Team getting ready

Gregory getting ready for his flight

Gregory getting ready for his flight

Alfie & Glyn with Pilot Nick

Alfie & Glyn with Pilot Nick

India and Sean with Pilot Nick

India and Sean with Pilot Nick

Our Sponsor

Special thanks to our sponsor, Blue Flame Digital Solutions

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