On Tuesday 18 March, 33 Band of Brothers took to the skies (almost!) on British Airways flight simulators at their training facility in Cranebank.
It was a jam-packed day that saw Band of Brothers fly Jumbo Jets and 737s, learn how to take off, cruise at altitude and try to land. New York was a popular destination in the simulator, and the experience certainly gave many a buzz for exploring the possibility of flying in the future following an excellent presentation by Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.
Cpl Paul Kennedy, Band of Brothers member; “Flying the simulators past iconic landmarks like Big Ben has been a brilliant part of the day. Every moment felt so real and I definitely want to explore the possibility of flying in the future – I’ve already filled in a scholarship application form!”
The day also consisted of trying out the evacuation slides, chatting to British Airways Captains and lots of tea and biscuits!
Another highlight of the day was a talk by Iron Maiden Singer and airline pilot Bruce Dickinson, who entertained everyone with stories of his flying escapades! Bruce is Vice Patron of the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People and said; “Flying opens up all kinds of things and expands horizons in three dimensions. If you really want to do something you’ll teach yourself all you need to know and if you can’t, someone will help you.”
A really fantastic day for everyone who attended – thanks to Nigel Cemm and everyone at British Airways for making the experience possible.
Cabin crew prepare for landing…
Find out more about Flying Scholarships for Disabled People: www.fsfdp.org.uk
If you'd like to know more about the Band of Brothers and get involved, find out more here!