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 2018 Event Dates

14 Feb 2018

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.

Both this year’s events are sponsored by Blue Flame Digital Solutions Ltd and will be held, as usual, at the Jersey Aero Club.

For both events, should the weather not be suitable, our flying schedule may have to change or even be cancelled for that day. Should this be the case, we will make alternative arrangements for the flights BUT the rest of the day will go ahead as planned.

Also, please note that our flights are generally conducted in private aircraft flown by private pilots. They are not commercial flights but the pilots and the aircraft are, nevertheless, fully regulated by the aviation authorities.

Saturday 21st April – Helping Wings day for Teenagers and Young Adults.

This day is aimed at ages 13 to 25 although we understand that someone might benefit more from the October’s day for young children. Starting at 10am , the day consists of a flight around the island, a chance to visit the airport control tower and light refreshments.

On the application form, there is a choice of a morning or an afternoon flight. We will do our best to allocate your choice but this cannot be guaranteed.

Every Helping Wings guest must be accompanied throughout the day by a parent, guardian, or carer. Brother and sisters are also welcome to join us and, space permitting, may also fly.

Space for the visit to Air Traffic Control tower is limited to a maximum of 30 people (15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon). If possible, we would like to give preference to those who have never previously had the chance to visit the control tower.

Light refreshments are served free of charge to the Helping Wings guest and his/hers party.

All our Helping Wings guests go home with a goodie bag and a certificate with the aircraft registration and the pilot’s signature.

We will offer a maximum of 30 flights that day and we will allocate them on a first come, first serve basis although, we will give preference to anyone who has not flown with us before.

Saturday 6th October – Helping Wings day for Young Children.

This day is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12 and consists of a flight around the island, a visit from the airport fire fighters and the police dog handlers as well as Chicano the magician and refreshments.

We usually limit the total number of flights to 30, although, depending on pilot’s availability, we may increase this closer to the event.

On the application form, there is a choice of a morning or an afternoon flight. We will do our best to allocate your choice but this cannot be guaranteed. Of course, everyone is welcome to stay the whole day but we are aware that, for some of the children, a full day is a lot to cope with.

Again this year, we are hoping to have a Helping Wings Christmas tree at St Peter’s Parish Church during the first week of December. For the past three years, the tree has been decorated with the drawings done during the day by our young children. We hope this will be the case again this year!

We will offer packed lunches. Closer to the day, a form will be sent to every entrant to be returned to us completed before the event. The lunch is free of charge for our HW guest and their parent/carer. Unfortunately, we have to charge for any additional guest. The price of the lunch, which will be minimal, will be shown on the form.

Apart for the drink/food included with the lunch, any other item must be ordered at the bar (no alcohol during the event please) and paid for at the time. No other charge is made.

Each Helping Wings child will receive a goodie bag. Please understand that we are only able to offer it to the HW registered child.

Every child must be accompanied throughout the day by a parent, guardian, or carer. Brother and sisters are also welcome to join us and, space permitting, may also fly.

We require an application form to be completed for every Helping Wings child to include details of parent/carer/guardian/siblings.

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