British Airways 747 Fleet Retired
British Airways recently announced they are retiring their entire fleet of 31 747s and we wanted to commemorate this most memorable aircraft.
Stanley Stewart, our AWB chairperson, was a 747 captain with British Airways and of his 30 years in the airline he flew the 747 for 23 years. After BA he flew 747 freighters for another 6 years with Airfreight Express, a small cargo airline, so in total flew the 747 for 29 years.
Here are a few words from Stan for all you aviation enthusiasts:
“The Boeing 747 – a magnificent aircraft and the ‘Queen of the skies’! In retirement I am a volunteer with AWB but in my ‘real life’ I was a 747 pilot.
It was a wonderful aircraft, slow and cumbersome on the ground but beautiful and a joy to fly in the air. Watching the huge 747 coming towards you on its approach to land was site to behold. I was so impressed with the aircraft I wrote a book about it, ‘Flying the Big Jets’, and it is sad to see the entire BA 747 fleet dismissed at one stroke.
If you would like to ask a 747 pilot a question but couldn’t find a pilot to ask then email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer”.
Aviation Without Borders Feature In The Inside Aviation Magazine
Aviation Without Borders UK featured in the Inside Aviation Magazine – May edition! Read more about our humanitarian efforts within the UK and overseas. You can find the full article via this link: http://insidedigimag.com/aviation/av2/2353874.html
Smiling Wings Event Receives Grant From Heathrow Community Trust
AWB is proud to announce that our annual Smiling Wings Learning Event is now supported by The Heathrow Community Trust.
The organisation was awarded the donation under the Heathrow Community Trust’s Heathrow Active People Initiative (HAPi), run in partnership with Heathrow Airport.
The Scheme is specially designed to help Heathrow staff support voluntary groups and clubs they’re actively involved with. Eva Gil Llacer has volunteered with AWB for the past 3 years and has supported our initiatives, including Smiling Wings Learning Event, whilst working in the Cargo Management Team at Heathrow Airport.
This event is aimed at improving the wellbeing and future of 40 young carers between 9-15 years old from “Warwickshire Young Carers”, allowing them to spend a day at their local flying clubs at Leicester and Wellesbourne airport.
For many disadvantaged children and young people, a flight in a small aircraft is a chance of a lifetime.
The impact of this annual event on their self-esteem and confidence makes a significant change to their future ability to cope with day-to-day obstacles.
Although our event is on hold due to the current global situation, we wanted to show our appreciation to The Heathrow Community Trust for providing us with this opportunity to make a difference to the lives of so many.
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Aviation Without Borders statement on Black Lives Matter: “Aviation Without Borders is dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance through aviation services irrespective of politics, religion, race or nationality. We stand with people of all backgrounds, especially at this time with the black community, and embrace the diversity of those who give by helping and of those we help by giving. #blacklivesmatter