Coventry Airport to Host Fundraising 'Fly in' for Wounded Servicemen and women

Some of our most iconic aircraft – both Military and Civilian – are plotting a course for Coventry Airport on 26th September 2010 in a bid to raise urgently needed funds for Britain's wounded servicemen and women.

In what promises to be a fantastic day out for families, aviation fans and children of all ages, the reinvigorated airport is set to see the famous Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly past in support of today's wounded heroes. Dedicated to raising funds for personnel injured on active service, the ‘Fly In’ experience will offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with pilots, aircrew and a range of military and civilian aircraft. 

“We owe all of our servicemen and women a debt of honour and gratitude. These are people who risk their lives every day on our behalf, and we believe that the least we can do is ensure that they are given the very best available care after being wounded in action,” said Sir Peter Rigby,  Chairman of Patriot Aerospace, owner of Coventry Airport.

“I'm delighted to say that the aviation industry is giving its full support to what looks certain to be a great day out in aid of a fantastic cause. We'll be putting on a range of entertainments and displays that offer something for everybody, so please put the date in your diary and get ready to have some fun.”

Organised in support of Help for Heroes’, the funds raised will go to improving the lives of wounded servicemen and women who are all treated at the Centre for Defence Medicine based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  The Fly in at Coventry Airport is staged in partnership with the Armed Forces, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Coventry City Council, CV One, Loop, Classic Flight Club and Heliflight.

The Fly in takes place on Sunday 26th September 2010 at Coventry Airport. In addition to watching aircraft flying in, visitors will also be able to experience hangar-based shopping, entertainment and even participate in the whole fly in experience by taking a helicopter flight around the airport.  

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Notes to Editor

About Coventry Airport

Coventry Airport was acquired by Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group, Patriot Aerospace, in April 2010. The strategic acquisition will create a vibrant, commercial regional hub for General Aviation, including leisure, business and freight; with passenger flights amongst possible future plans, alongside creating more jobs. The deal firmly establishes Patriot's status as a leading and fast growing General Aviation specialist in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The acquisition of Coventry Airport dovetails with the Group's extensive national flight training, charter, sales and engineering operations.

Patriot Aerospace operates through three specialist aviation businesses: Patriot AviationHeliflight and London Helicopter Centres.  Through these brands, customers have access to a nationwide and end to end general aviation service, including learning to fly, buying or chartering; refurbishment, avionics, engineering and maintenance; and affordable access to VIP business and leisure helicopter charter. It operates from five air bases: Cranfield, Coventry, Enniskillen, Gloucester, Redhill and Wolverhampton.

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About Sir Peter Rigby

Sir Peter Rigby is a seasoned businessman and one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs with an international outlook and experience of working on a European and Global basis.  He is a regional ambassador, vocal champion and major employer in the Midlands.

A recognised leader in the field of I.T. with a forty year career in the sector, he founded, owns and chairs one of the UK’s top ten largest privately owned companies, the SCH group, which has its international business headquarters in the centre of Birmingham.  The Group employs some 7,000 professionals based in 7 European countries with affiliated partnerships worldwide.  

Sir Peter was knighted in the Queen’s Jubilee honours for services to information technology and business in the community. Committed to investing in the Midlands, Sir Peter’s business interests have grown around his passion for aviation and hospitality.  An enthusiastic and experienced fixed wing and helicopter pilot, he owns the Patriot Aviation Group which has bases at Cranfield, Enniskillen, Gloucester, Redhill and Wolverhampton.  The Group acquired

Coventry Airport in April 2010.  

Sir Peter also owns the Eden Collection hotel group, which includes Mallory Court near Leamington Spa, and is joint venturing with the Royal Shakespeare Company to re-open Stratford-Upon Avon’s Arden hotel, in the Autumn of 2010.

His charitable foundation was established some 15 years ago (The Rigby Foundation) and he is Chairman and Patron or Trustee of several major charities. 

Contact: Helen Reid
Phone: 0845 130 8992