In late 2010, a group of NATS controllers from Prospect ATCOs’ Branch visited a very special charity - Aerobility. They were passionate about what the charity was doing and got former Chief Executive Officer Richard Deakin to visit them to find out more.
“We had been searching for a charity to support which meant something to Prospect ATCOs’ Branch, and after meeting Mike, we felt his charity covered everything that was important to us. The connection to aviation, the inspirational stories of endeavour through adversity and the size of the charity that gave us the feeling that we could actually make a difference in Aerobility’s future growth.”
Chris Edwards, Chair Europe & International Prospect ATCOs’ Branch, January 2011
Aerobility is a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to learn to fly an aeroplane. For some, just that amazing first flight is enough to change their outlook on disability forever:
“If I can fly a plane, what else can I do?”
Others, realising that the fantasy of flight is truly in their grasp, decide to continue their training - many all the way to securing a Private Pilot Licence, some even with an outlook to commercial flying.