Air Smiles Days
Air Smiles Days are respite days for children and adults living with profound disability, life-limiting conditions, severe illness, bereavement and isolation. Built around a flight experience in a light aircraft, the days include lots of activities, giving them the chance, literally, to leave their worries on the ground and create a lasting memory of a wonderfully happy day out together.
The pilots give their time and expertise freely, flying planes generously lent for the day, ranging from privately owned light aircraft to corporate jets. We ensure our pilots and the aircraft we use adhere to the highest safety standards at all times to keep our beneficiaries safe. We assess the health and safety requirement of our beneficiaries before each flight and our fully documented procedures and practices are audited and overseen by aviation experts.
During each day, we might be joined by the airport’s Fire and Rescue Service and classic car enthusiasts and we might visit the Air Traffic Control Tower, private hangars or see vintage aircraft collections. There is always an endless supply of hot chocolate, lunch and a special cake. Each Air Smiles Day is documented photographically so that we can send a photobook to each family, group or school.