Aerobility’s new aircraft finally touched down on UK soil and officially handed over to the charity after specialist adaptation.
The Tecnam P2002 JF was handed over to Mike Miller-Smith of Aerobility at Aero Friedichshafen, Germany in a ceremony attended by NATS Communications Director and Aerobility Trustee Simon Warr, and Martyn Rowlands who represented NATS and Prospect ATCOs’ Branch.
“It was a really proud moment for me to be at the handover and see the culmination of all the efforts of so many NATS people over the past few years. Seeing all that hard work transformed into something so tangible really brings it home- this is an aircraft that will turn dreams into a reality for so many people. We’ll be continuing our relationship with this great charity.”
Simon Warr - Communications Director & Aerobility trustee.
“Sharing the aircraft handover ceremony with Simon and Martyn was really fantastic. The aircraft is already delivering the goods, performing as expected and proving great fun to fly!”
Mike Miller- Smith CEO, Aerobility
NATS contribution to Aerobility in recent years was formally recognised in May 2014 where awards were presented to NATS and Prospect ATCOs’ Branch at the Royal Aero Club Awards in London, following a nomination from Aerobility.
Mike said: “Witnessing the presentation of the Royal Aero Club Awards was a moment of real pride and appreciation and I’m delighted that our nomination was successful. The awards were well deserved.”
Chris Edwards, who was the Prospect ATCOs’ Branch Lead for the fundraising project added: “When we met with Mike in 2011 with the idea of raising funds we couldn’t have dreamt that it would lead to over £100,000 being raised.
“The final delivery of the adapted aircraft marked the end of an amazing fundraising effort involving people from across NATS and it is a remarkable achievement.”