Young aviators prepare for take-off with charity

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A group of deserving children will take to the skies thanks to an aviation charity.

Aviation Without Borders is running its second National Kids Fly Day, at Old Warden Aerodrome, to give youngsters the chance to experience a bird’s eye view of Bedfordshire.

Wayne Precious will be leading fellow pilots from Cranfield-based Azure Flying Club, who will be flying the PA28 aircraft on the day.

He said: “Being able to get kids involved in aviation has been our passion for many years.

“We, as pilots and as a club, appreciate how lucky we are to be able to fly and have never forgotten the thrill of our very first flight.

“We are extremely fortunate and privileged to be able to provide this experience to younger aviators. The cost of the flight will be paid for by the pilots, which allows the children to have a free flying experience.”

The event is being supported by staff from The Shuttleworth Collection, based at the aerodrome, and Cardington’s Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is funding the cost of fuel for the day, and providing ground staff.

HAV CEO Steve McGlennan said: “It’s wonderful to be part of this truly collaborative event. Hybrid Air Vehicles, Azure Flying Club, Aviation Without Borders and the Shuttleworth Collection are all working together to make a difference to the lives of the children and their families.

“It will be a very happy, uplifting day for all involved.”

The charity event hopes to see around 60 children with special needs, or those facing illness or adversity, aged between eight and 16 years old, flown from the Old Wardsen Airfield, on Sunday, June 21.

Follow the event on Twitter by searching #NFKD #Smilesintheskies.

Aviation Without Borders (AWB) is a unique, UK aviation charity dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance through aviation services irrespective of politics, religion, race or nationality.

It provides logistics for the airfreighting and transportation of humanitarian aid such as medicines, surgical equipment, clothes, food and toys by working closely with airlines, pilots and logistics firms so they provide services free or at a greatly reduced cost.