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Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship 2024 Winners Announced

Kemble – 21st June 2024 – Cotswold Airport is excited to announce that its Aviation Scholarship cohort for 2024 has been finalised after receiving some 110 applications this year.

The successful 8 scholars, all aged between 15 to 18 and from the surrounding area, will enjoy a week-long induction into the world of aviation, including four hours flying experience in light aircraft and helicopters, along with simulator sessions thanks to the enthusiastic support of the on-site flying schools.

Now in its eleventh year, the established scholarship program introduces successful applicants to the broad experiences, roles and careers available in the general aviation community.

The program includes visits to engineering sites that manufacture aircraft components and companies that are designing and developing the aircraft of tomorrow such as Zero Avia and Vertical Aerospace. Students will receive introductions to airport firefighting, talks on military operations, control tower operations, air traffic service provisions and the opportunity to experience an introduction in learning to fly.

Industry luminaries will also be giving talks to ensure that the scholars are introduced to the wide variety of career options within the aviation space.

The scholarship program is generously sponsored by Pooleys flight equipment, who have kindly donated a flying kit for each of the scholars.

Suzannah Harvey, CEO Cotswold Airport commented, “We were absolutely blown away by the volume and quality of applications this year. Selecting our final scholars was no easy task from a very strong field. We look forward to welcoming our final 8 to the Airport and encourage those that were unsuccessful to re-apply next year if still eligible.”

Cotswold Airport looks forward to welcoming Sammy, Oscar, Eve, Sarah, Sasha, Amy, Rosemary and Esme onsite from Monday 5th August, for what promises to be an action packed and educational week for the aviation enthusiasts.

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Cotswold Airport Hosts Large-scale Emergency Training Exercise

Emergency services from across the country recently spent three days at Cotswold Airport taking part in a large-scale training exercise to practice their major incident response.

The three-day training exercise – organised thanks to Cotswold Airport and Air Salvage International – involved multiple scenarios, including a plane crash, a terrorist attack, trapped casualties and the discovery of an identified device and suspected nerve agent. As part of this training, the police declared Operation Plato and Operation Tapestry – rarely exercised – in response to the staged terrorist attacks.

The exercise was organised and facilitated by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS). Firefighters from Avon, Gloucestershire, Dorset & Wiltshire, West Midlands and Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service, as well as Cotswold Airport, attended and worked collaboratively with police, ambulance, and military colleagues to respond to a number of casualties seeking medical assistance. Members of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) were also in attendance.

Volunteers from the Casualties Union and staff and students from Hartpury College were also involved in the exercise, playing the part of casualties to provide realism for those involved in the training. The Rapid Relief Team, a charity supporting communities in need and providing relief in emergencies, were on hand to serve refreshments throughout the three-day exercise.    

Shane Saunders, Watch Manager at Hicks Gate Fire Station, said: “This training exercise has provided an exciting and unique opportunity for Urban Search and Rescue, firefighters, paramedics, police, military, and facilitators to test their reaction to a major incident involving aircrafts.

“Although we hope we’ll never be called to such a devastating incident, it’s vital that we practice our response and how we work alongside other agencies.”

Shane added: “I’d like to say a special thank you to all the hardworking individuals – within AF&RS and externally – involved in the planning, preparing and facilitation of the training exercise. It’s been three years in the making as we wanted to ensure there was plenty for everyone in attendance to properly apply their knowledge, experience, and skills to different scenarios – and it was successful in doing that.”

Suzannah Harvey, CEO Cotswold Airport commented, “Whist we always pray that we never have to experience these situations in the real world, preparedness is key, and we are proud to be able to host these vital training exercises to support our emergency and armed forces on-site at Cotswold Airport.”

Matt Armstrong, Area Manager for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “This training exercise has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to work in collaboration with other services, partners, and organisations as well as enabling us to assure our levels of response to significant incidents.

“Simulated incidents are developed to reflect potential real-life scenarios ensuring that we are fully prepared and can respond effectively and appropriately when we are needed.

“Ourselves and our partners train extensively to develop strong working relationships and share knowledge to ensure that we can deliver the highest level of emergency response to our communities.”


A Night Flight to Remember – Top Gun Open Air Cinema Returns

For all those thrill seekers looking for the ultimate open-air cinema experience, the original Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick will be showing over two nights in the shadow of the mighty ‘Negus’ Boeing 747 at Cotswold Airport.

The open air cinema experience returns for two nights only on Friday 9th & Sat 10th August 2024.

Tickets are available here:

Want to buzz the tower with us for a big two-nighter? We’re feeling the need to visit Cotswold Airport near Cirencester for two back-to-back dates this summer with open-air screenings of the original TOP GUN and the incredible follow-up TOP GUN: MAVERICK.There’s no better location for these legendary movies, with our screen positioned in the shadow of the huge and impressive B747 Negus, a former British Airways aircraft that now has a permanent home at Cotswold Airport. Come on, let’s do the double!

Top Gun will be screening on Friday 9 August, with Top Gun: Maverick on Saturday 10 August. Gates open 7.30pm and the film starts at 9pm on both nights, with TG ending at 10.50pm on Friday, and TGM ending at 11.10pm on Saturday.

Seating Types: Premium Deckchair Seats – deckchairs in premium positions close to the screen. Bring Your Own Seat Adult – age 16 and over, please bring your own low-backed camping chairs, picnic rugs, deckchairs or similar. Bring Your Own Seat Concession – under 16s, students, military and emergency services staff (relevant ID is required on the night)

Food and Drink: A bar will be in operation at the shows, and bar snacks, ice cream and popcorn will also be available. Please don’t bring your own alcohol to the events. Bag searches may be in operation.

Directions/Parking: free parking is available at the venue. Please follow staff advice and signage. For directions to Cotswold Airport, please click HERE

Other Information: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Both films are rated 12A.

Weather policy: screenings go ahead in all but worst weathers. Only if there’s heavy, prolonged rain or high winds forecast will the screening be postponed or cancelled. No refunds will be given unless the screening is cancelled.

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Applications Now Open for 2024 Aviation Scholarships

Cirencester 15th March 2024 – Cotswold Airport, formally RAF Kemble, today announced that applications for its annual Aviation Scholarships will open tomorrow, 16th March 2024.

Now in its eleventh year, the established scholarship program introduces successful applicants to the broad experiences, roles and careers available in the general aviation community.

The program includes visits to engineering sites that manufacture aircraft components and companies that are designing and developing the aircraft of tomorrow. Students will receive introductions to airport firefighting, talks on military operations, control tower operations, air traffic service provisions and the opportunity to experience an introduction in learning to fly. Previous graduates of the scheme have enjoyed a mixture of flights including microlights, light aircraft, and helicopters, along with simulator sessions thanks to the enthusiastic support of the on-site flying schools.

The scholarships are open to people who reside in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Avon, Berkshire, or Oxfordshire, aged between 15 and 18 on the first day of this year’s scholarship, 5th August 2024. No previous aviation experience or background in flying is necessary to apply.

Suzannah Harvey, CEO Cotswold Airport commented, “It is exciting to once again announce the launch of our aviation scholarships for 2024. I do not take it for granted how lucky I am to get up and go to work at an airport every day, and it’s amazing to be able to share some of those experiences with the aviators of tomorrow. Our aim has always been to make the aviation community as accessible as possible, and I see these scholarships as key to achieving that goal.”

There will be 8 scholarship places available in 2024, and application forms can be downloaded from the Airport’s website: www.

Applications open tomorrow, Saturday 16th March and last entries must be received by 16th May 2024.


Feedback from previous years’ scholarship graduates below:

Verity – 2023 Scholar.

“The Cotswold Airport 2023 scholarship was truly one of the best experiences of my life, introducing me to aspects of aviation and aerospace engineering I didn’t even know existed! Some of the benefits of receiving this scholarship included my being able to experience my first ever flight in a microlight and helicopter, which was absolutely amazing. The scholars were also lucky enough to be able to visit and listen to talks from many different companies, such as Vertical Aerospace and Starspeed helicopters, as well as receiving lots of resources from the companies such as our Pooley’s flight bags, where we received lots of equipment to support our journey into flight, such as flight manuals and logbooks as well as other merchandise.  Overall, applying for this scholarship was a fantastic decision that has really shaped my views of what I want to do in future, and I really enjoyed it.”

Will – 2023 Scholar

“Firstly, the scholarship helped me gain vital understanding on areas of aviation not known to the public including our visit to Vertical Aerospace and ZeroAvia. Highlights for me included the flying we did with both Kemble Flying Club and Volar which gave me hands on experience allowing me to gain experiences I will never forget. The Pooleys flying bag including all its accessories has helped me massively of which I am so grateful for. I have been able to use the kit kindly gifted to us in both flying training in Cadets and in general flying I have done since the Scholarship. I’ve also been able to get in contact with multiple different companies to gain work experience to boost my knowledge further from the Scholarship. And finally, I would like to say a massive Thank You again to everyone involved in setting up the Scholarship and the people who assisted in giving us amazing opportunities inside of the Aviation Industry. I have been able to make some incredible friends of which we talk in a regular basis about all things aviation of which I’m so thankful for.”

Nancy – 2023 Scholar

“I have gone on to do more flying lessons and simulator sessions since the scholarship, and recently did a placement with Boeing, none of which I would’ve done without the encouragement of the scholarship. I am in the process of lining up work experience with the RAF as well as other local aviation-based companies for the next year, again as a result of the scholarship. In terms of the scholarship, coming into it with no flying experience whatsoever, I loved the actual flying, both in the microlight and the helicopter, and the ground school/tower exposure, as both gave me a really helpful, basic insight into the workings of an aircraft and how to operate in and around them. I also really enjoyed the site visits as they opened my eyes to the other aspects of the aviation industry that I hadn’t previously considered, me only wanting to be a pilot! I think the course gave an incredibly well-rounded view of the industry that set me up brilliantly for further experiences and opportunities since.”

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The Flight Before Christmas 2024 – Tickets Now On-Sale

While Christmas may seem a long way off, you have to get in early to secure your seat for THE experience of the Season!

Listed as one of the Times’ Top 7 Festive Days Out 2023, The Flight Before Christmas takes off once again at Cotswold Airport in November 2024.

The Worlds only Christmas Grotto based in a Boeing 747 provides a unique festive experience for the whole family.

This is a world-first experience that’s guaranteed to create unforgettable memories. General Admission tickets start at £39.50 per child and £20 per adult. Further information and tickets can be found online here.

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Santa Touches Down At Cotswold Airport

When his Sleigh lets him down, what better transport than a Negus 747 Jumbo-Jet!

With the festive season now upon us, The Flight Before Christmas opened at Cotswold Airport this weekend and runs through to 24th December. The Worlds only Christmas Grotto based in a Boing 747 provides a unique festive experience for the whole family.

The adventure begins at the Elf Control Check In, where guests receive a boarding pass and customised North Pole Passport. After passing through the naughty or nice security check-in scanner, a wacky elf-and-safety briefing is hosted by Peppermint, the mischievous Head Elf, and his cabin crew.

Guest witness elves wrapping last-minute presents in the parcel bay, mix magical fairy dust and create the perfect reindeer food to help ensure reindeer can deliver presents on time and meet Father Christmas himself!

Disembarking the aircraft you enter the Candy Cane Forest, cross the Gumdrop bridge and learn how to harvest magic fairy dust. Settle down in the woodland clearing and watch a short cartoon about how Negus and Father Christmas became a team and worked together to save last Christmas.

Follow the sweet smell of fresh gingerbread to come and decorate your own treats, enter the Toy Factory to help assemble toys and make a special Christmas wish.

This is truly a unique and fun-filled day out, and every guest goes home with a teddy, a book from Father Christmas and a magical bag of reindeer food to take home ready for Christmas Eve. There’s even the option to purchase additional costumes for your teddy to keep the magic going at home.

This world-first experience that’s guaranteed to create unforgettable memories for the whole family. General Admission tickets starting at £39.50 per child and £20 per adult. Further information and tickets can be found online here.

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MOD Celebrates Family Day at Cotswold Airport

MOD civilians and military colleagues recently hosted a family day at Cotswold Airport, their 3rd such annual event raising £14,000 for service related charities.

With the support of Cotswold Airport, local businesses, Gloucestershire police and voluntary groups, roughly 1000 enjoyed a day which offered something for probably just about everyone. Flypast and static displays of classic / vintage aircraft, vintage and super-cars, demonstrations by Glospol armed response and traffic, classic music, historical re-enactment by Gloucester Community Networking, and history displays included genuine artefacts from Stalag Luft III Prison Camp (The Great Escape) and from the MI9 the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Dowty aerospace technologies and award winning Cotswold Ales.

The formalities of cheque presentations were conducted Monday 2nd October at GCHQ Cheltenham with two presentations of £7,000 each to representatives from Soldiers Sailors Airman Family Association SSAFA and Combat Stress

One of the cheques presented (photo in Image link) was by the GCHQ historian Dr Dave Abrutat to Sir Francis Richards; former Director GCHQ and Commander in Chief Governor of Gibraltar, now president of the SSAFA Gloucestershire branch. Apart from the obvious connection to Sir Francis, it was fitting that GCHQ was chosen as they proudly work to support the military. Particularly in the last 30 years, wherever and whenever British forces have deployed GCHQ has increasingly supported through the forward deployment of its own staff.

The MOD and fundraisers would like to go on record to express their gratitude to Cotswold Airport and staff for their support and generosity over the years, to enable the raising of many thousands of pounds and deliver a great day for all.

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Cotswold Airport announces historic sponsorship deal with Cirencester Park Polo Club

Cirencester Polo Club LogoCotswold Airport announces sponsorship deal with iconic Cirencester Park Polo Club

Cotswold Airport, Europe’s largest privately owned airport, announces 3-year sponsorship deal with eminent Cirencester Park Polo Club for the principal polo tournament on the UK circuit, The Warwickshire Cup.

Cirencester Park, one of the oldest polo clubs in the world, is a regular haunt of royals and celebrities and has an action-packed schedule of events lined up this summer under the new command of polo club Director Mark Hayden-Kellard.

The Warwickshire Cup is the most historic tournament of the UK polo calendar and the afterparty, well, is the pinnacle of the summer party season and the UK’s “be seen at” event. It will be a day of world-class polo with public enjoying summer cocktails, ice cold beers and cool tunes long into the evening.

“We’re very excited about the new partnership with Cotswold Airport. Many of our visitors and players utilise the facilities at the airport which is only a few miles away. Their infrastructure and service delivery is world leading. We have an international DJ booked and a guest list of the UK’s premier “jet-set” says Hayden-Kellard.

The event will be raising money for The NFRSA (National Foundation for Retired Service Animals), a charity recently established by Countess Bathurst and visitors will be treated to a demonstration by our furry friends.

Attendees flying into Cotswold Airport are offered free general entry to the tournament on the Saturday 18th June with corporate VIP hospitality and picnic spots available at additional (discounted) cost by contacting +44 (0)1285 653225

Cotswold Airport will be offering a free pre-booked shuttle service to and from the polo club.

And to top it off, if you come away chomping at the bit, you can even book your own polo lesson at the park too…Neigh!

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