Sywell Global Enterprise Day 2009

Press Reports:-




     20 November 2009

Top Guns teach young guns to reach for star


An aerobatic display team from Northamptonshire hosted an open day at Sywell Aerodrome as part of Global Enterprise Week, which aims to inspire school children to achieve their full potential.

 Schoolchildren at the controls of a Robin R22CE (photo by Steven Prouse)

n Schoolchildren at the controls of a Robin R22CE picture by STEVEN PROUSE 091116-070 


The Blades, who consist of four of the country's most respected formation aerobatic pilots, organised a series of activities yesterday, including a briefing on the aircraft, motivational speeches and the chance to dress up Top Gun-style in all the equipment the team wears to fly.

There was also an opportunity for the children, who were from Moulton School, Overstone Primary School and Raeburn School, to sit down and talk to the pilots to find out how they made their dreams come true.

Helen Nelson, enterprise co-ordinator at Moulton School, said: "The pupils and staff had an amazing time. All day pupils were coming up to me and saying what a great day they had had."

It is the second year in a row that The Blades have been involved in the Global Enterprise Week and Myles Garland, Blade 1 and ex- Red Arrows member, said the team was delighted to be participating in the event again.

He said: "We are just ordinary people who have worked hard to achieve our goals. By spending some time with us I hope the children will leave with the belief that with hard work and dedication anything is possible."

The Blades all served as front-line fast jet and Red Arrow pilots in the Royal Air Force, and they have displayed at some prestigious events including birthday celebrations for the Queen at Balmoral, the Beckhams' pre-World Cup party and the British Grand Prix.

The aerobatic team also invited the children to visit the Brooklands Flying School
and sit in the Sloane helicopters that are kept at Sywell Aerodrome.  

Audio interview on BBC Radio Northampton

Capt. Stewart Luck explains to Joe Pignatiello what the benefits for youngsters are, and why he gives up his spare time to help young people in this way.       PLAY RECORDING


Anglia TV Report:-   
Available to view for a while here, but in case it's no longer available, here are some pictures and a sound
report from Hannah Pettifer, with pictures courtesy of Anglia TV.

Eighty schoolchildren have visited Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire as part of a scheme to get them thinking about where they want to work in the future.  

They were allowed to get up close to helicopters and planes, and were also introduced to the aerobatics team The Blades.

The Blades show off their aircraft, and explain what is involved in display flying



Others were impressed by the Fokker Tri-Plane replica, similar to 
the aircraft flown by the infamous 'Red Baron' in World War I.



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