Dates for your diary.

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.

Our Flying Awards

Flying Awards for the disadvantaged and the disabled

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.

Sponsored by Ports of Jersey with Synergy Flight Training

Download the 2021 Flying Award Form >

Flying Award for the lower limb disabled

15/01/2019 - Due to the Jersey Aero Club replacing its fleet of aircraft in 2018, Helping Wings is currently unable to provide flying for the lower limb disabled. We are working hard to find an alternative solution and hope to be able to advertise the 2019 flying award in the near future.

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 the third year, a scholarship worth £5000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club for a local person with a lower limb disability.

Around the world, many disabled people have discovered that the freedom associated with being able to fly an aircraft is within their reach. Their disability is not necessarily a barrier to gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence.

A hand control unit fitted in a Jersey Aero Club aircraft allows any lower limb disabled person to not only enjoy the freedom of flying but actually obtain a full Private Pilot Licence. The conventional control of the rudder by foot movement is replaced by the hand control.

The scholarship will cover approximately 28 hours ( subject to fuel cost) out of the 45 required to obtain the full EASA (European) Private Pilot’s licence. Prior to being sent solo, the student will require a medical examination which can be obtained locally.

Throughout the year, Helping Wings provides a number of flying experiences to local disabled people. With the hand control unit, this can now be extended to the lower limb disabled.

Applicants must be over 15 years of age and able to complete the flying course within a year from the start date. Also, the scholarship is only available to individuals who would not be able to use conventional rudder control. i.e would need to use the hand control.The application form can be downloaded to the right, collected from the Jersey Aero Club or requested by email on [email protected].

Sponsored by Sir James Knott Trust

Our Sponsorship Winners

Chakotay Wood

Helping Wings are delighted that its 2015 flying scholarship, sponsored by Ports of Jersey, has been awarded to 15 years old Chakotay Wood.

Chakotay who is in his first year of GCSEs at Le Rocquier School has received £2000 of flying training with the Jersey Aero Club under the watchful eye of chief flying Instructor James Evans.

Although not expected to flying solo within this time, Chakotay is hoping not only to complete his flying licence but his dream is to become a commercial pilot.

I've just booked up my concluding flights I believe under the scholarship (weather dependant) and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, Helping Wings and the Ports of Jersey for providing me with an amazing opportunity/experience and hopefully this is the beginning towards my future career ambitions in the aviation industry.

Gerard Mc Gonigle

We were very impressed with his determination and his enthusiasm. He is a very focused young man and we know that he will get a huge benefit from his flying.

Matthew Perree

I really big thank you, I really learn flying around Island of Jersey, good experience flying real cockpit, I learn lot different experience on computer, it is interesting take off and landing, not like sit on passenger, it is real drive like on plane, one most amazing experience on plane. I got some picture for you, I will love go again, I really enjoy flying, good teacher with James, he most calm and good mime

Claire Williamson

Claire being presented her award by Myra Shacklady, Group Commercial Director of Ports of Jersey. She also received a year's subscription from Flyer Magazine.

So far I've had 5 lessons and have managed to take off by myself! The last lesson I had we were doing circuits (taking off looping around back to land) which was great but it was a bit windy so very bumpy! It was so great to feel in control of the plane and see Jersey from above!

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