Charity aims to fly high

Young pilot James Moon at the Northumbria Flying School.
Young pilot James Moon at the Northumbria Flying School.

A TEENAGE pilot is hoping that his vision to help a range of people in need at home and abroad can take off over the next two years.

James Moon has recovered from a broken spine, burst appendix, broken finger and wrist dislocation to pursue his dream career and in 2011 he achieved a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) after passing all the tests.

Now the Ponteland resident is starting flying programmes to help disabled and disadvantaged young adults and ex-servicemen of the United Kingdom and the United States armed forces in a revamp of his charity.

Stratus Flying will provide a training scheme so those aged between 14 and 24 years old and former military personnel who qualify can work towards their PPL in a plane or helicopter after receiving some backing from a range of businesses.

Mr Moon is aiming to take more disabled and terminally-ill children on special flights and he is also looking at providing support to protect against malaria and treat avoidable blindness within developing countries, as well as aid following natural disasters where possible.

The 19-year-old said: “Over the last 12 months or so I’ve been working to raise the profile of my charity and it’s gone really well, particularly when I was able to spread in the word in schools and on social media.

“Things are really taking off now that I’m receiving support a range of businesses and a few aviation firms, one of which is helping with the medical side of things, and the new website was recently launched.

“Our whole ethos is making a difference through flight and we’re trying to help as many people as we can. Getting the ‘tick’ of approval from the Fund-raising Standards Board has given me confidence that my plans can be achieved.”

For more information about the charity, visit www.stratusflying.com