Thursday, 30 August 2012

Be Buzz Aldrin’s Co-Pilot!

Buzz Aldrin is taking part in Aerobility’s Global Flight Simulator Challenge…

…and YOU can take the right hand seat!

To really make the most of the GFSC, in a fabulous show of his commitment to the project, Buzz is looking for a Wing Man to share his flight - an exclusive co-pilot to share the cockpit - a ‘once only’ opportunity, for sale on eBay! 

Go to and search: Buzz Aldrin Co-Pilot or follow the link below...

Happy bidding!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

World Land speed record holder to take part in GFSC2012

Andy Green is the current holder of the World Land speed record, and the first person to break the sound barrier on land. On 25 September 1997 in ThrustSSC he beat the previous record in Black Rock Desert, USA, reaching a speed of 714.144 mph (1149.30 km/h). On October 15, 1997, exactly 50 years and 1 day after the sound barrier was broken in aerial flight by Chuck Yeager, Andy Green reached 763.035 mph (1227.99 km/h), the first supersonic record (Mach 1.016). His call sign was "Dead Dog".
Andy is now working with Richard Noble again on their new record attempt to break the 1,000 mph mark with Bloodhound SSC

UFO Pilot joins GFSC

Dave Rawlins

Spectators at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony had an ‘out of this world’ spectacular treat thanks to Dave and the modified Tecnam twin he was flying. 

Wounded Afghanistan veteran Dave will now be helping to fly around our world, in the Global Flight Sim Challenge.

Last RAF Pilot to fly a Harrier will take part in the GFSC

Air Commodore Gary Waterfall, CBE RAF

With 3,500 hours over an operational background including flying Harriers from HMS Invincible, and three display seasons with the Red Arrows under his belt, Air Commodore Gary Waterfall is looking forward to flying the PA28 Simulator for Aerobility.

Later this year he’ll be taking command of the Typhoon Force at RAF Coningsby, but the hand rudder control in our simulator may still be a challenge!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Aerobility Patron, MP and PPL

Gerald Howarth MP

Gerald is the MP for Aldershot, Chairman of the all-party RAF Group, officer of the Parliamentary Aerospace Group, Trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, President of the Air Display Association, and Private Pilot.

In addition to this impressive list of interests, Gerald and wife Lizzie are enthusiastic Aerobility Patrons, devoting much time and energy to our charity. Gerald was keen to get his name down as a GFSC pilot as soon as he heard about the Challenge.


Richard Deakin

Richard has already been very busy with fundraising for Aerobility. This has been both personally, and as CEO of NATS, where he was able to make Aerobility the charity of the year 2012. 

The team of volunteer air traffic controllers on hand for the GFSC will doubtless help to make Richard’s flight as smooth as possible.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Britain’s Most Disabled Pilot

Nathan Doidge

When Aerobility’s Nathan recently passed his PPL Skill Test he became the most disabled pilot ever to qualify in the UK. The simulator really proves its worth with disabled students like Nathan, who can get used to the aircraft physical environment without the expense of actual flight. 

Cerebral palsy has put a number of obstacles in his way; on the ground, Nathan is still disabled, but in the air, he’s a pilot. 

Welcome to the GFSC!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Chief of the Air Staff

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton RAF

With a service background on Jaguar and Tornado, and later deep involvement in the Typhoon, Sir Stephen knows a thing or two about flying.

Keeping his feet firmly on the ground, he’ll soon be flying our simulator in the GFSC.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

England & British and Irish Lions Rugby International

Rory Underwood
Flying fast jets with the RAF, then playing on the wing for Leicester Tigers; Rory’s sparkling career has seen him score International tries in 9 different countries. 

Now Rory is signed up as Aerobility’s Wingman in the Global Flight Sim Challenge, he’s touring the world again!

Monday, 20 August 2012

I’m a Celebrity – Get me into Here!

Joe Pasquale

One of the funniest, hardest touring comics on the planet will soon be helping Aerobility to go round it. 

Squeezing our Global Flight Sim Challenge into his schedule, PPL holder Joe who has also hosted his own TV shows, voiced cartoon characters, tried boxing and marathon running, will be able to add ‘GFSC’ to his list of credentials. 

Welcome in!

Red Arrows Pilot - Squadron Leader Mike Ling

Flying the Tornado F3 with 111 (Fighter) Squadron, followed by three seasons flying the Hawk with The Red Arrows, qualifies Mike for his duties as Red 10, Road Manager for The Red Arrows.
He is also fully qualified to fly a leg of our GFSC in the Warrior flight simulator.
Welcome aboard Mike!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Round the world balloon flight pilot signs up to be the pilot who will finish our record attempt!

Brian Jones, who flew the Breitling Orbiter around the world, has today signed up to be the person who pilots our world record attempt to the finish line.

He sent us this today...

“Crossing the finish line to complete the first round the world flight in a balloon was probably the most significant moment in my life. The end of the flight brought a new beginning for me in a variety of ways – all good.
For this reason, the opportunity to once again fly across the finish line at the end of a second round the world flight will be another great moment. Of course this latter flight will be slightly shorter; around 19 days and 18 hours shorter to be precise, and will be conducted in the rather more comfortable environment of the Aerobility flight simulator at Blackbushe airport. Nevertheless, it should create a new world record and will be a new beginning for Aerobility to dramatically improve their disabled pilot flight training, with the addition of this PA28 flight simulator, and the funds to operate it for at least the next five years.

The final landing at Blackbushe will be in stark contrast to that of my balloon in the Egyptian desert back in 1999, where there was no one to witness it. I hope I get it right!”

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

About the Challenge

Aerobility is a UK registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.

We are challenging over 100 people to help it enter the record books flying a flight simulator virtually around the world. The virtual pilots  include celebrities, professional pilots, our supports and volunteers

Fundraising and the Global Flight Simulator Challenge 2012
We hope to raise £100,000

ALL the of the money raised will fund Aerobility's flying activities with disabled people including the running costs of our own flying simulator over the next 5 years.

Start date: 5th October 2012 and finish around 10 days later.
Simulator location: Blackbushe Airport, Camberley, GU17 9LQ 

22,000 nautical miles
100 pilots
10 days
200 hours of flying
West to East - London, Europe, Middle East, Far East and Asia, North America, Greenland, North Atlantic and back to London - taking in famous cities and landmarks along the way. 
Find out if the simulator goes through your country.

Our target
£100,000 to operate and run the simulator for the next 5 years

New Guinness World Record for the longest duration simulator flight

Challenge Pilots so far include:

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo Astronaut
Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton, RAF
Willie Walsh CEO International Airlines Group        
Gerald Howarth, MP
Yves Rossy, Breitling Jet Man                                    
David Hempleman-Adams, Adventure and Explorer
Richard Deakin, Chief Executive, NATS                   
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, CAA
Bertrand Piccard, Scientist and Adventurer, Breitling Orbiter record holder
Brian Jones, record-breaking Breitling Orbiter round the world pilot

How to become a pilot
Whoever you are – For just £500 you can take part in this unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an incredible aviation adventure and record attempt.

Become a Challenge pilot
For further details and to book your leg on this exciting world record attempt please contact Aerobility GFSC 2012 Manager: