• Boeing and the Air League announce flying scholarships for wounded servicemen and women in the UK

    Fourteen flying scholarships for wounded servicemen and women the result of the partnership between Boeing and the Air League launched in May 2012

    July 13, 2012 - Boeing United Kingdom and the Air League today announced they will award 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 announcement takes place after Boeing and the Air League launched their partnership in May 2012 in the presence of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, as he celebrated 60 years as the Air League’s patron.

    “We are proud of our collaboration with the Air League,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing U.K. and Ireland. “We are also proud to be able to offer a unique opportunity to those who have given so much to our country.”

    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.

    “Our partnership with Boeing has enabled us to increase our engagement with young people and servicemen and women,” said Andrew Brookes, director of the Air League. “Flying boosts confidence and accelerates psychological and physical recuperation. We look forward to working with Boeing and helping brave men and women rebuild their strength.”

    Boeing employs over 1,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. Boeing’s long-standing relationship with British industry, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry dates back more than 70 years. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1billion per year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. www.boeing.co.uk  

    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

    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

    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.