The Air League

Boeing and the Air League launched their new partnership in May 2012 announcing ten new scholarships awards in the presence of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as he celebrated 60 years as the Air League’s patron. In July 2012, during the Farnborough Air Show, Boeing and the Air League announced they will award an additional fourteen flying scholarships to wounded servicemen and women in 2013. Boeing and the Air League will collaborate with British charities Help for Heroes and Aerobility to provide flying lessons in specially modified aircraft.

The flying scholarships will make use of Aerobility’s specially modified aircraft equipped with sliding canopies and electric and manual hoists that aid in accommodating wheelchairs and power-chairs.

The Air League was formed in 1909 with the goal of encouraging the UK to appreciate the importance of air superiority. Perhaps the most lasting achievement of the Air League in its first 30 years was to found the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1938, which is now the Air Cadets.  More than 100 years after it was formed, the Air League’s mission is to enhance national understanding of the importance to the UK of aviation and aerospace, and to excite young people’s interest in these areas by helping them get involved. www.airleague.co.uk

Aerobility is a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aircraft. Aerobility provides ’experience of a lifetime’ trial flying lessons for as many terminally ill and disabled people as possible every year. Aerobility also provides advice, knowledge and advocacy for disabled people who wish to fly, and is the representative body for disabled aviation within the UK. www.aerobility.com

Help for Heroes, a charity formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts, was launched on 1 Oct 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry and a group of friends. The charity benefits Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and relies on a large volunteer network. www.helpforheroes.org.uk