Every year, members of the East Midlands Airport Aeropark hold a fundraising day for the Air Ambulance based at the airport. This year, cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron, Air Training Corps, went along to help run the event.
The cadets had a very busy schedule at the open day. They manned a Whirlwind helicopter and an Argosy Transporter that had been set up as a conference centre. They also mingled with the general public, promoting both the Aeropark and the Air Training Corps.
126 Squadron were asked to help at the open day following a relationship that has been established by CI Stan Sharp. As part of the Projects training plan at Derby squadron, a team of cadets are helping to restore and maintain the aircraft on display at the Aeropark. Two of the aircraft that the cadets have been working on, trying to bring them back to display condition, are a Jet Provost T4 and a Hunter. Another unique aircraft that the cadets are helping to maintain is a Britten Norman Sheriff. This is a four seater trainer, developed for the RAF that was unfortunately never productionised.
The cadets are going to have plenty of work on their hands over the next few months as the Aeropark has recently purchased 9 aircraft from a museum in Stratford which closed down earlier this year.
The Aeropark Open Day raised over £500 for the Air Ambulance. Cadet Thomas Winson said, “It was a fun day at the Aeropark. We worked hard helping the Aeropark volunteers. The funds we helped to raise are going to a very important cause.”