Sky’s the limit for Fife youngsters

Stewart McFarlane, pilot, with one of the youngsters last year.
Stewart McFarlane, pilot, with one of the youngsters last year.

The sky’s the limit for disadvantaged children in Fife who will be treated to an uplifting experience in Glenrothes this Saturday (June 20).

Fife Flying Club is supporting National Fly Kids Day – an event designed to help local children touched by adversity by giving them an experience to remember – a short flight in a light aircraft.

Members of the club, which is based at Fife Airport, took part in the national event for the first time last year and it was such a success, they are offering to help once again in 2015.

Stan Stewart, who is a member of Fife Flying Club, is a retired British Airways 747 captain and is chairman of the charity Aviation Without Borders which is sponsoring the initiative.

Peter Crabb, club chairman, said the committee has made contact with a local charity organisation called Muirhead Outreach, which works with families and children experiencing difficulties.

He said: “Everyone who took part in last year’s event thoroughly enjoyed taking the kids flying and really felt it had been extremely worthwhile.

“Afterwards, we received a number of emails from the kids thanking us for what we had done and saying how they had enjoyed the experience.

“This year the day is very much focused on giving our guest kids the memorable experience of a short flight in a light aircraft – something that, ordinarily, they’d be unlikely to have the opportunity to do.

“We are also inviting the Glenrothes Aero Modellers Club to bring its radio-controlled models to show off to the kids and hopefully put on a short display by flying its models.”

The event will start at 10am and run until 4pm. Peter added: “We have split the day into three two-hour sessions so we’ll most likely take the kids for a flight down to the Forth Bridges, then along to Kirkcaldy and back to the airfield. That works out at an easy 25 minutes or so, which is ideal, especially as we’ll be flying some 22 kids plus parents!”