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Monday, August 29, 2016

Flight Angels - Hundreds of thousands of virtual aviators will take to the skies in September in the flight sim event of the decade

light Angels 2016 will be broadcast live around the world. A dedicated online stream will show 30 hours of flights, interviews, chats and special events, including the chance to sit in the co-pilot seat of Concorde and fly a combat mission in an F16 with US Air Force Gulf War veteran Colonel Doug ‘Bubbles’ Champagne.

The charity ‘telethon’ from September 16-18 is the brainchild of flight sim software developer and aviation journalist Jane Rachel Whittaker, and online aviation guru and flight simmer Pete Wright.

Flight Angels will be raising funds for three charities in the UK and USA: Over the Wall, the SeriousFun Children’s Network and Vision of Flight. Over the Wall and SeriousFun offer help and support to families of children with life-limiting illnesses across the world. Vision of Flight is dedicated to offering young people, often from underprivileged backgrounds, into a career in aviation.

The number of flight sim enthusiasts globally tops ten million and the organisers are inviting them to join in one or all of the 20+ legs being flown.

But they’re also hoping the chance to ‘fly’ with one the USA’s most decorated fighter pilots, or experience Concorde from the flight deck, will entice anyone with an interest in flying to sign up and support the charity effort.

Kevin Mathieson is CEO of Over the Wall in the UK, and has been a driving force in getting the event cleared for take-off.

The former senior police officer began working for the charity as a volunteer after retiring as Chief Constable of Tayside Police. His involvement snowballed from there and he took over at the helm in 2011.

He believes Flight Angels will offer all three charities the chance to expand they work they do with young people.

Details of how to take part in Flight Angels 2016 are available on the website - - where you can also learn more about the charities, make a donation, book a seat on Concorde or get ready fly into battle in a F16.

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