Dates for your diary.

1) Young Adult day - Saturday 5th June 2021

2) 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.

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.

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.

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