Girl Guides Lead the Way




Saturday 16th April 2011 - Sywell Aerodrome

Saturday 16th April was sunny and a wonderful day was had by 21 young ladies from 2nd Harpole Guides, Northampton and 1st Two Mile Ash Guides Milton Keynes, when YES (Youth & Education Support) ran an Air Activity day for them.

The girl guides currently have no “Air Activity” badges, unlike the Scouts who have many, and they created their own GFI (Go For It) Flight Challenge programme and also designed their own Air Challenge Badge.

The day's activities were made up of stomp rockets, BMFA glider building and flying, kite making and flying, Aeronautical map reading, Brooklands Flying Club static aircraft to show them the moving surfaces and controls and instruments, a hangar tour of FlyLight and Sloane Helicopters, where we saw the full range of aircraft from CAA aircraft, LAA Permit to Fly aircraft,  to micro-lights and civil, police and medical helicopters and rounded off with an excellent lunch in the Pilots Mess.

The Girl Guides drew up their own Air Challenge badge, and certificates, and we hope to repeat the experience later in the year with another few troops taking part, and with good reports going to back to HQ, this may be the start of some sort of Air Badge a la the Scouts. Some of the girls have already indicated a desire to take part in the 6th Young Aviators event at Sywell, on Saturday 17th September 2011.

I'd like to thank the YES helpers, Dave Irvine, Geoff Goodchild (former BMI A330 Skipper) and his son Jacob (16 years old and 60 hours flying to date), Elaine Hines a grandmother and a very keen helper and the even keener 8 year old Jessica Knight, who wants to be a pilot, and who will be 9 years old on 17th September - she was the first to sign up for YA 2011 after last year's event.

Also many thanks to Becky in Brooklands Hotel reception, Emma and all the team in the Pilots mess, Richard Wallis (CFI) and instructor Claire Leadbetter of Brooklands Flying Club, Cathy Vickers at FlyLight, Lawrie Linskey and James Skinner at Sloane helicopters and Jeff Bell and Ed Carter in the Sywell Tower for a superb day and of course to all the guides and leaders from Northampton and Milton Keynes for making it a very special day.


Andre Faehndrich
Chairman, Youth & Education Support




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