The FunFlight Experience
FunFlight events are always aviation-related. Generous aero clubs across Australia donate their time to create fun-filled FunFlight Days. At local airfields, experienced FunFlight Captains take children touched by adversity, along with family members, up for a flight to experience the freedom and wonder of flying. Meanwhile ‘stay-behinders’ enjoy the ground entertainment. This ranges from jumping castles and petting zoos, to barbeques and rides in a local fire truck.
In previous years, the Avalon Airshow has provided free entry for a group of FunFlight families, allowing them to see (and hear!!) an array of beautiful aircraft. The RAAF have also been involved—opening-up their Amberley Air Base in Queensland. If operational parameters allow, they take families up in one of their massive C-17 aircraft for an unforgettable experience.
Pilots and Event Organisers
FunFlight event organisers are aero clubs, pilot groups and commercial aviation organisations. They donate their time to organise and host the events to deliver fun up in the air and on the ground.
FunFlight Captains also generously donate their time, aeroplanes and often, fuel so that they can bring the joy of flight to deserving children. FunFlight ensures that only experienced pilots can operate as FunFlight Captains. We require our Captains to have a minimum of 250 ‘in command’ hours, current certification, and insurance.
Children and families from both national and local charities are hosted at FunFlight events. Any children that have been ‘touched by adversity’ can be involved. In the past, this has included children living with a disability or serious illness or families where one or more parent has an illness or disability. We have also taken bush fire victims who have lost their house and families going through a tough time. Since 2008 we have worked with national and state charities including HeartKids , Starlight and Down Syndrome Australia and local organisations such as Uniting Care and Special Schools.
FunFlight is a registered, national charity founded in 2008. With the support of our Captains and event organisers over the years, we have developed a framework for events so that they run safely and smoothly. We inspire, coach and support aeroclubs through event organisation to help ensure that the day is a delight for everyone involved. You can meet the Board and read more about our humble beginnings here.
If you’re a member of a charity who would like to participate in an event, or you’d like to help bring smiles to the faces of deserving children, please head-over to our Get Involved page.