Fly me to the moon

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23rd April 2015
Group of guests in wheelchair and carers on accessible flying excursion

Well we didn’t get quite that far, but 2,000 feet over Surrey isn’t bad! That was the treat awaiting four Jubilee Lodge guests on Easter Monday, when we took them to Blackbushe Aerodrome near Farnborough for our first ever flying day – and what an amazing day it was.

After a quick introduction to the controls in a simulator, the intrepid four each took to the summer spring skies in a disconcertingly tiny looking Piper Cherokee single-prop monoplane for a spin around the airfield. Seeing the patchwork of green fields spread out below under beautiful spring sunshine was a sight to behold and quite mesmerising. Our pilot and instructor pointed out the local towns below us and we could even see the sprawl of London on the horizon.

Then the instructor did something amazing – he handed over the joystick to our guests for a spell at the controls! Yes, you heard me, the guests had the chance to take control of the aircraft and put it into banks, turns, climbs and dives before the pilot took over and returned us all safely (if a little bumpily) to terra firma. Each guest received a well-earned certificate to commemorate the achievement, as a brilliant memento of the day.

The day was made possible thanks to an amazing charity we’re working with called Aerobility, who make the thrill of flying accessible to anyone who wants to go up. They had all the equipment necessary to get our guests into the cockpit and up, up and away. Could this be you? It most certainly could, because we’ve already booked more flying days for our guests on 18 May, 6 and 27 July, 17 Aug and 7 Sept!

So Tally Ho and chocks away! It truly is the experience of a lifetime, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Over and out.

 

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