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.
Over the last 12 years, over 2000 people of all ages have benefitted from our Air Smiles Days, over 350 of them in the last year. From our home base at Gloucestershire Airport, we now fly regularly from 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.
Over 400 young people have taken part in our Aim High Programme and many are now in the early stages of their careers in the aviation industry.
fly2help has a small staff team of three and the active help of many volunteers and an enthusiastic bear called Douglas. There are six Trustees, whose skills and experience cover aviation, business development, the creative industries, marketing and charity management.