Children treated to a once in a lifetime experience

Children treated to a once in a lifetime experience

Today, over 30 children were treated to an experience of a lifetime at City Airport as part of the Bader Braves Young Aviator Days, an initiative of the Douglas Bader Foundation.

Children with limb impairment and other disabilities were treated to their first experience of flight in a light aircraft. Volunteers from the Friends of Barton Aerodrome assisted with organisation and co-ordination of the flights for the children and their parents and guardians, and flights were conducted by volunteer pilots who gave up their time to undertake the flights.

Nick Duriez, Airport Director who also undertook several flights commented, “It was fantastic to take part in such a worthwhile event. The expressions of joy in the children’s (and adults) faces said it all and highlighted how the experience really can help change and enhance lives. One such youngster started out a little nervous but once the flight was under way proclaimed ‘This is the best day of my life!’. It was an absolute pleasure for City Airport airport to support the Bader Braves Young Aviator Day again in 2017, and we look forward to continuing to work with the charity supporting this annual event.

Keith Delderfield, Director of Operations for DBF said “This is our third visit to this super venue and the best yet. We run twelve Bader Braves Young Aviators Days throughout the year around the UK and this one has certainly raised the bar to a new height. We are indebted to everyone involved for making this day such a huge success and for putting so many big smiles on so many faces”.

There were many smiling faces all round and they day was enjoyed by all. We would like to say many thanks to the airport staff, Runway 26 Cafe/Bar, Friends of Barton Aerodrome members and the pilots who all came together to make this day an extremely worthwhile and special day for the children. We look forward to hosting the event once again in 2018.

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