OXFORD   7th May 2006

The 60th Anniversary Cake Graham Clark with Young Aviators Martin and Helen

Over 60 youngsters and some parents and other adults took to the skies as part of the PFA Young Aviators initiative.  The Oxford Group of the Popular Flying Association organised the event, which coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the PFA.   The  pilots, both from nearby and further afield, brought their aircraft to give a treat for the youngsters, many of whom are carers at home, by taking them for their first flight in a light aircraft.  They all received Young Aviator certificates as a memento of the occasion, and a slice of the superbly decorated fruit cake.

Although the weather was not ideal, with low cloud and an occasional rain shower, there was sufficient visibility to allow the aircraft to fly their pre-briefed course around the perimeter of Oxford, and for the passengers to appreciate their environment from a new angle.   A number of adults in wheel chairs were also taken for a flight, much to their surprise and delight.

A refreshment stall kept the participants and helpers going with burgers, hot-dogs and drinks.

The PFA has since been renamed Light Aircraft Association (LAA)

Events like these are organised by LAA groups all around the country, and offer a great opportunity for youngsters, and often the not-so-young, to experience flying in a small plane.  If you would like details of your local group ('Strut'), please contact LAA through their website .  


The Broussard taxying The Jodel D119 loads up again Tango Charlie taxies under a darkening sky

Thanks to the pilots, all the helpers and the Oxford LAA Strut for organising the event.

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for more information about the Young Aviators scheme.



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