Aerobility – the British Disabled Flying Charity – has launched The Spirit of Aviation Challenge to support the local disability community.

The purpose of the challenge is to bring aviation into people’s homes and to offer continued support to local disabled people who rely on the charity, particularly, during this period of extended isolation.

Challenge participants are invited to build an aircraft out of everyday items found around their home with a chance to win a flight, in a light aircraft, with Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1, Team Leader of the Red Arrows.

Charity adapting to “difficult times”

Mike Miller-Smith, Chief Executive, Aerobility, explained: “Like every charity, Aerobility is adapting during these difficult times and is working hard to continue to provide access to the community and services we offer. By participating in this challenge and donating to Aerobility, you will be supporting young people with disabilities who use aviation as a means of escaping the isolation they can feel on a year-round basis as well as the challenges they live with daily.”

Aerobility has set up a website for its Spirit of Aviation Challenge, where more information can be found on how to build, launch and film a plane. There are also details of how to upload it for judging by a uniquely qualified and specialist online panel on a weekly basis using #FLYAEROBILITY.

Aerobility brings the magic of flying to anyone with any disability and changes the lives of its disabled flyers. The charity’s mission is to create a sense of ‘if I can fly a plane, what else can I do?’.

COVID-19 may have grounded its planes but the charity remains determined to support the local disabled community as much as it can. It needs help to keep doing so in these difficult times and has set up a JustGiving page where people can donate to the charity.