Airbus Helicopters in Aberdeen has come to an agreement with local charity Wings for Warriors, to provide access to their Aberdeen training facilities and flight simulator.
The Wings for Warriors charity had recently parted company with their primary sponsor and was keen to gain fresh support from within the offshore helicopter industry. The arrangement with Airbus gave the charity the facilities and support they needed to continue operating, and through Airbus’s generosity – allowed the trainee helicopter pilots on-going use of their £10 million pound H225 flight simulator. This is a device that most trainee pilots would struggle to get access to at this stage in their training – without paying thousands of pounds per use.
Mark Radcliffe of Wings for Warriors said: “For Airbus to step in with the support package that they have offered has been a turning point for the charity. The new facilities and simulator access will bring so much value to the students and ultimately improve the overall quality of pilot they will become.”
Oil and Gas People were provided a tour of the facility by Mark and met the Airbus team along with inspiring former soldier and Wings for Warriors student Clifford O’Farrel.
Cliff joined the Household Calvary Ceremonial Regiment in 2004 and was deployed to Musakala in Afghanistan in 2009. After two months on the ground, participating in various firefights and being a spotter for the longest sniper shots ever recorded (see book ‘The Longest Kill, Sgt Craig Harrison), Cliff’s vehicle was hit by a 45kg anti-tank mine, which tore the vehicle to shreds.