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Farnborough Runway run raises £6,000 for charity

Runners start at Farnborough Airport

Almost 400 people have taken part in an unusual charity event at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

The runway was closed for the town's fifth annual Twilight Runway Challenge. It was organised by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough. The £6,000 will go to the CMPP Youth Aspiration Fund (YAF) which provides young people in the area with mentoring and support to help them reach their full potential.

“It’s fabulous to welcome so many people along to the airport on a Saturday evening to support this event. It’s quite a unique opportunity to run, cycle, skate down the runway and taxiways of an airport and participants love having the option of a 3, 5 or 10k distance to suit their ability, which makes it more fun. There’s always such a great atmosphere from when people start arriving for registration, participating in the warm-up, then moving people to the start line for the actual race.”

– Elaine Turner, Marketing and Events Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport
Warming up and cooling down for the Twilight Runway Challenge

“What an amazing evening! The weather was kind to us, every challenger had a smile on their face - even when they had finished - and we raised lots of lovely money for the Youth Aspiration Fund. A huge thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the event.

"It just goes to show what wonderful things can be achieved when organisations work together to support their community.”

– Christine Eustace, Director of Community Engagement, The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Fire training for air crews

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been looking at the new simulator at Farnborough Airport which allows crews to train in how to deal with fires on board aircraft.

In his report, we hear from safety instructor Lesley Coleman, Graham Williamson - the President TAG Aviation Europe, Tom Stirling from National Air Traffic Services and Roger Walker from TAG Farnborough Airport.


Air crews to train in tackling fires

A new simulator at Farnborough Airport to help train crews in case of fires, comes as flights to the business airport will almost double to 50,000 a year.

Fire safety has also been widely discussed after the grounding of the new Dreamliner after concerns that new batteries in use could ignite.

Meanwhile the airport is also the first to use a new simulator to train staff in the Control Tower.

It uses 3D technology to make it as realistic as possible and was developed by Hampshire based NATS (National Air Traffic Services). Farnborough was the site of the first powered flight in Britain over a century ago.

Simulator for on-board fires

Farnborough Airport has become the first in the country to use a new generation of simulators to improve safety and staff training. Managers say a fire on a flight is one of the dangerous situations crew and passengers can face.

The airport owner, TAG Aviation, has just taken delivery of a purpose built smoke and fire rig. Staff will use it to simulate fires in the main cabin, toilets and galley. It can also fill with smoke and is the most realistic of its type.

TAG have a fleet of 140 planes with 800 staff. The new simulator will also be available for any airline or airport.

Boost for next generation of pilots

Farnborough Airport is helping local youngsters follow in the footsteps of Britain's first aviator, Samuel Cody, who first flew from the airport more than a hundred years ago. They're awarding scholarships that train teenagers how to become pilots.

For many the cost - tens of thousands of pounds - would be unaffordable without the help from such scheme. It's also keeping up a tradition of local people learning to fly at the airport, as our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.