FunFlight events are always aviation-related. They include fun-filled FunFlight Days at local airfields around Australia, where experienced FunFlight Captains take the kids and their family up for a flight whilst the stay-behinders are entertained on the ground. Every couple of years the Avalon Airshow provides free entry for FunFlight families, allowing them to see (and hear!!) what beauty flying is. The RAAF is involved and opens up the Amberley Air Base in Queensland and, if operational parameters allow, takes families up in one of their massive C-17 aircraft.
FunFlight Captains are experienced pilots. They have a minimum of 250 ‘in command’ hours, current certification and all their insurances are up to date.
The event organisers
A range of different groups organises FunFlight events; aero clubs such as the Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb, or the Central Coast Aero Club at Warnervale, or pilot groups such as the Bendigo Pilots or Sydney Social Flying, but also by commercial aviation organisations, such as Peace Aviation in Rockhampton or Par Avion in Hobart.
For the events we invite kids and families from national and local charities. We deal with children ‘touched by adversity', and for us, that casts a wide net. It could be a child with a disability or a serious illness or a family where one of the parents is dealing with something similar. We have also taken families for a flight whose house had burned down in the bush fires, and families that were just going through a really tough time.
We work with national and state charities such as HeartKids, Starlight, and Down Syndrome Australia, and more local ones, such as the Uniting Care or local Special Schools.