Ravenstone Primary in Balham

Ravenstone Primary in Balham

A glimpse of our final visit of this academic year by Daisy Harman, Upper Phase Leader at Ravenstone Primary in Balham, London. It’s wonderful to read and all our thanks go to the incredible volunteers who give up their time to support the project. On this occasion it’s easyJet Captain Kate Mcwilliams who has given up her time to inspire both children and adults alike. You’re such an inspiration to us all!

“Kate, you were absolutely amazing. We asked you to do so much and you were incredible. Never mind the children being inspired, we now all want to be pilots! Your speech at the celebration was perfect and made our first prize giving such a special event. Our Year 6s felt so privileged to have that extra time with you this afternoon.

Kanchana thank you for facilitating this visit, I can only imagine how much work goes into organising the Aviatrix Project and I have no idea how you combine it with running a school as well. It is such a worthwhile project and I felt so proud to be able to offer such an extraordinary role model to all of our children, but the impact it has upon the girls in our school is especially wonderful to see.”

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BA First Officer Cordelia Welsh

BA First Officer Cordelia Welsh

Huge thanks to BA First Officer Cordelia Welsh for meeting aspiring pilot Jaymi today. Here’s a short introduction of Cordelia -
“I fly the A320 on BA’s shorthaul routes, after joining on the Future Pilot Programme cadet scheme. Prior to this I was in the RAF as a Air Traffic Controller, so I have a wide experience of aviation through military and civilian lenses.”

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Aspiring aviatrix Jaymi

Aspiring aviatrix Jaymi

Our volunteers are just amazing! A huge thank you to Sue Tuddenham who met aspiring pilot Jaymi this evening. Commercial Pilot Sue flies a Cessna Citation XL/XLS for a Biz Jet Company and she is based out of Luton and Farnborough. Jaymi is a 16 year old aspiring pilot and she’s determined to find out as much as she can about flying training. She’s meeting a number of other pilots over the summer to learn about different ways of achieving that dream. Jaymi is already so inspired by the pilots she is meeting and we know that role models are key!

We look forward to sharing Jaymi’s journey with you.

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Flight winner!

A huge thank you to Marion Wooldridge, Vice President of the BWPA for taking up flight winner Mary last weekend. Mary won the flight at Soul Survivor this summer through MAF Youth and we helped to organise the flight for her. They flew 1.3 hours chock-chock from White Waltham (and around 80 miles) west to look for white horses carved in the chalk, of which there are quite a few in that area. Mary flew most of the way back and had a wonderful time.

Our 2nd Anniversary!

What a wonderful day celebrating our 2nd anniversary. Susan Tuddenham from LUX Aviation and Marc-Antoine Vanhove from Team Yakovlevs visited Wareside Primary in Herts as part of their STEM week. Thank you to you both! Children enjoyed an afternoon learning about flying, aerobatics and flight planning. But most importantly that they can all achieve something wonderful if they put their minds to it!

Autumn 2017 highlight

Fantastic visit at Streatham Wells Primary School with pilot Helen from Stobart Air. The school gave us fantastic feedback! Thank you for the warm welcome.

Dorset visit in July 2017

One of our last visits for this academic year. Huge thanks to Flybe pilot Kirsten Rapp and Motcombe Primary in Dorset for hosting us. Hope you all now want to take to the skies!

Although we have some events over the summer the majority of our work will begin again in September and plans are underway for our second anniversary! Until then blue skies!

Highlight from July 2017

We had a busy day today with visits across 3 counties - here are some highlights from the Hertfordshire visit at Millmead Primary School. Children met Pilot Helen from Stobart Air and learnt lots about navigation and clouds using cotton wool!

"Wow it looks amazing up there!!!" - it sure is. Aren't we lucky we get to fly - and then inspire the next generation to take flight and build their own runways.

Around the world with Shaesta Waiz in Summer 2017!

Wonderful visits in Hertfordshire schools today with Dreams Soar, Inc. Founder Shaesta Waiz who is completing a solo global flight to raise awareness of STEM. It was such a pleasure to meet you and thank you for inspiring so many children. We loved your message about believing in yourself and never giving up on your dreams. Look forward to meeting you again - until then blue skies and happy landings!

Highlight from June 2017

How lucky are we to be able to inspire young people!!

Wonderful visit with a group of South London primary schools celebrating the life and adventures of Bessie Coleman. Our two fantastic volunteers Anna from British Airways and Helen from Flybe are both first officers in their respective airlines. They spoke to the children about their fantastic careers, led workshops on flight planning and principles of flight and most importantly told them about the importance of working hard and being determined to achieve your goals.

Wareside Primary at The Royal Aeronautical Society

Check out these future pilots!! Another wonderful day inspiring the next generation of pilots and space engineers during a Cool Aeronautics event at the Royal Aeronautical Society. It was even more of a pleasure and privilege than usual as I was there with the children from the school I am leading.

Science Week - 2017

It's been a fantastic week celebrating all things Scientific and Mathematical. It's not only the children who have a great time during our visits - our pilots do too!

"It was great to inspire young people about aviation. Some of the girls walked away saying they wanted to be a pilot. Best day ever!" - Heather MCann, Captain - Netjets Europe