fly2help was founded in 2006 by pilot Phill O’Dell and built up by a group of passionate aviators who wanted to share the excitement that surrounds flying with people who have not, or think they could not, experience it for themselves.
In the first ten years, we have flown 1,713 people of all ages on our Air Smiles Days, over 300 of them in the last year. From our home base at Cotswold Airport, we now fly regularly from sixteen different airports across the UK in many different planes, from Cessna 210s and Piper Cherokees to Eclipse and Gulfstream jets, as well as the occasional helicopter.
122 young people have taken part in our Aim High scholarship weeks and many are now in the early stages of their careers in the aviation industry. Matt Crouch, an Aim High 2010 scholar, is now First Officer for Monarch Airlines, Harriet Siebenaller discovered an aptitude for Operations and is planning to join the RAF and Scott Pike got his first job with Air Salvage International.
fly2help has a small staff team of seven and the active help of many, many volunteers and an enthusiastic bear called Douglas. There are ten Trustees, whose skills and experience cover aviation, business development, the creative industries, marketing and charity management.