In 2017 FunFlight, the Australian registered charity that provides children touched by adversity with joy and inspiration, through the exhilaration of flight, celebrates it ten year anniversary.
FunFlight’s vision is that every child can fly.
Conceived by Michèl Verheem, and developed together with Michael Loccisano, the charity has taken more than 9,000 children for a flight in a light aircraft.
Flying organisations from all over Australia participate in the event held in November each year. On that day local pilots and aero clubs become heroes in the eyes of the community, disadvantaged children and their families. “The idea is to give the whole family a fun day of flying that takes their minds off their daily challenges,” says Loccisano. “For a lot of them this will be their first time in an aeroplane.”
Participating organisations are paid for the cost of the fuel for the flights and offer their facilities, aircraft and pilots as a donation to the cause. “We are a 100% volunteer charity and as we expand we are looking to reach more children and their families. As a result we are looking for a corporate sponsor that will help cover the cost of the fuel,” says Loccisano.
It is hard to imagine a more deserving aviation event.
For Aviation Trader / Airwaves readers interested in becoming a pilot for the charity here are the requirements:
• Hold at least as PPL and current valid medical.
• 250 hour minimum pilot in command.
• 50 hours minimum pilot in command on the make and model of aircraft to be flown.
• Required endorsements for the aircraft flown.
• Current according to CASA requirements.
• Three take offs and landing in the last 90 days.
• At this stage only VH registered aircraft are eligible to conduct a FunFlight.
• Special consideration can be made if a pilot doesn’t meet the above minimum requirements via an approval process.
If you are interested in applying to be a pilot, donating to this very worthy charity, or even becoming a sponsor please go to: http://www.funflight.org/