With the news that the air cadets are seriously cutting back on flying, The Spirit Of Goole has decided to fill some of the void in youth aviation.
Since we started the Spirit Of Goole, we have begged, borrowed and stolen workspace for the Sherwood Ranger Build A Plane, but it is now time to build on our many successes and passion to encourage youth aviation.
We are going to establish a youth aviation centre and register as an ATO with the CAA, somewhere young people can come and learn all the skills needed to build aeroplanes and gain their PPL, providing ground school, air experience, gliding and PPL training.
It is going to be a big ask… we need to raise £850,000 to purchase a “base of operations”, a local airfield that will provide the centre for youngsters from North, South, East and West Yorkshire as well as Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
The How, What and Where for all.
The Spirit Of Goole is a registered charity and our constitution allows us to work with young people from 13 – 21 years of age. By raising this money, we will not only be owning the airfield and hangarage, we will be able to convert some out building to a shower/toilet block and establish camping facilities to hold aviation weekend from April till September for up to 40 youngsters and establish workshop space (in portacabins) to run the engineering courses and build a plane projects. Winter accommodation will be provided in static caravans from September to April.
We intend to use SLMG primarily for the 13 – 15 age group for gliding, allowing at least some to gain their solo at 14, then move them on at 16 – 21 for PPL training using our group A aircraft, as well as this we will operate air experience flight for groups that will attend aviation weekends in our Chevvron Motor gliders and the Sherwood Ranger XP. Young people that gain their glider PPL will also be able to use the single seat V tailed glider that we have been given to gain even more flight experience.
Training programmes will be developed to cover both good and bad weather conditions, good weather will allow flying activities, and when not possible to fly, engineering, build a plane, aircraft maintenance and ground school lessons.
We estimate that we can facilitate upwards of 500 youngsters over a year and as we develop and build on the base to increase this to over 2000.
How to help.
Obviously, we need to raise this huge amount of money so anyone willing to help with a one-off donation would be brilliant, or can you spare just £3 a month. We will also be applying for grants and organising fundraising events.
Once we have raised the money, we will need extra volunteers to help, from Flight instructors and PPL’s to ground school, engineers and people to help out with cooking and general supervision. We would love to hear from anyone that wants to help. And if you fancy doing a fundraising event like a skydive or wing walk we would really appreciate it.
I hope that you like what we are planning and can help and share our posts and requests for help with all your friends so we can all inspire the future generation to aim high, think big, achieve something amazing!