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The RAF Charitable Trust @ RIAT

Published: 22 Jun 2016

Visitors to this summer's Royal International Air Tattoo will have the opportunity to see some of the many ways the RAF Charitable Trust has helped transform people's lives during the past 12 months.

The showcase, featuring groups, clubs and individuals who have benefitted from the Trust's support, will be located in the middle of the showground in and around the hugely popular youth-focused Techno Zone.

Sponsored by the Trust and with industry support, the Techno Zone brings the all-important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects to life in an entertaining and informative way. On Friday, July 8 the 'zone' will host a junior schools' engineering challenge featuring 22 local schools.

A number of groups, who have the Trust to thank for getting them airborne - or preparing them to get airborne - will also be at the Air Tattoo to thank the charity for its help and to demonstrate just how the Trust is making a difference.

On display adjacent to the Techno Zone will be a newly-purchased Tecnam aircraft, bought by the RAF Flying Clubs' Association (RAFFCA) thanks to a Trust grant of £144,500, the largest single amount ever approved by Trustees.

There will be the opportunity to meet RAFFCA members and learn how the aircraft will be used to encourage more RAF personnel to take the opportunity to learn to fly.

A microlight partly sponsored by the Trust and operated by Halton Microlight Club will be on display as will be a basic flight simulator purchased by Bournemouth Air Scouts, thanks to financial assistance from the Trust.

Visitors will not only have the opportunity to see some of the ways - and talk to some of the people - the charity is helping to Support and Encourage, they will also be the first to have the opportunity to test their flying skills on one of the 24 Trust-sponsored Part Task Trainers that are encouraging Air Cadets to learn the basics of flying before they go out to try the real thing.

Others in and around the Techno Zone who'll be demonstrating how effectively the Trust spends its money will be Guides and Brownies from the South West region, who'll be encouraged to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities thanks to a new STEM badge, sponsored by the Trust; plus members of the RAF Alpine Ski Team, who received Trust support. The Trust was delighted to learn that one of its members took part in the recent Invictus Games whilst another has been selected as a downhill 'buddy' at the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Rio.

Finally, demonstrating the close links between the Trust and University Air Squadrons will be representatives from East Midlands UAS who'll be helping the Trust make the most of its presence in the Techno Zone. Earlier this year, EMUAS was able to purchase a number of road bikes thanks to the Trust.

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