The Fly Show, the UK 's largest indoor lightweight aviation exhibition attracts both experienced pilots and those new to the world of flying. The show organised by the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), is an annual event but this year for the very first time, Air Cadets were on hand to tell everyone how to get up, up and away! as a member of the Air Training Corps.
Thanks to a generous invitation by the organisers, members of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing had their own stand at this year's Fly Show, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham on 26th and 27th November.
The Warwickshire & Birmingham team, headed by Flt Lt Phil Parsons 487 (North Birmingham) DF supported by Flt Lt Neil Watson, OC 1459 (Heart of England) Squadron and Flt Lt Paul Hincks OIC 121(Nuneaton) Squadron, had a busy time with a constant flow of enquiries from people of all ages, all interested to know what the Air Cadet Organisation was all about and in many cases how they could get involved.
As the first day of the show drew to a close, Flt Lt Phil Parsons said, “It's been an excellent day and we've seen interest from many prospective recruits. I think the Fly Show is something we as the Air Cadets should be involved with and I hope that we will have the opportunity to attend again next year”.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks added, “I think the majority of the enquiries I faced at the Fly Show were from prospective adult staff, many of whom had a wealth of flying experience and a genuine passion for encouraging young people to take up an interest in aviation.”