The Aviators Ball online
PUBLISHED: 11:22 12 November 2020 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 November 2020
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Aerobility will use online technology to link individual aviation-themed dinner parties across the UK to create this year’s virtual Aviators Ball on 28 November
Building on the success of its Armchair Airshow, Aerobility will use online technology to link individual aviation-themed dinner parties across the UK to create this year’s virtual Aviators Ball on 28 November, ‘an event that even Covid-19 can’t spoil’.
The evening will feature the traditional Aerobility Grand Auction www.aerobility.com/auction which opens to bids at 13:00 on 13 November, with items from the world of aviation and beyond. There are six items of particular note, one of the most exciting in this Battle of Britain eightieth anniversary year being a flight in a Supermarine Spitfire. Jet enthusiasts can bid for a flight in a Folland Gnat, combined with a ‘behind the scenes’ tour for two of the North Weald, base for the aircraft and a Battle of Britain airfield. For aspiring Air Traffic Controllers, NATS has kindly donated a VIP tour for two people to tour the Heathrow Control Tower, towering above ‘the world’s busiest airport’.
The Red Arrows have supported all Aerobility’s virtual fundraising events this year and, Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Leader of the 2020 RAF Aerobatic Team, has kindly donated his Red Arrows flying suit that he wore for the high-profile team’s North America tour. The auction will also include a unique piece of aviation history, a signed and framed photo of Boeing 747-436 G-CIVE departing LHR runway 27L as BA195 to Houston on 24 February 2017. The print is signed and certified by the flight crew and was flown to St Athen on British Airways’ last ever flight of the 747 - ‘the Queen of the Skies’ - from Heathrow Airport.
Other aviation auction lots include flight simulator experiences, a trial flight with the army gliding association and a Cessna trial flight at Goodwood. The auction also contains a number of unique non-aviation opportunities, such as a tour of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Aerobility team will also broadcast live online content, a prize giving ceremony and a virtual photo booth, to bring all the diners across the country (and maybe even the world) together on the night, as well as the Grand Auction. To get involved with the Aviators Ball and have a dinner at home please visit www.aviatorsball.com
Aerobility CEO, Mike Miller-Smith, commented: “The Aviators Ball and the Grand Auction are the highlights of our fundraising year, and this year’s event will be our fourteenth! Despite the challenges, we want to make this year’s Ball one to remember – albeit in the strangest of times. Please join us virtually on Saturday 28 November for an unforgettable, fun experience.”