30th November 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport hosted a Presentation Challenge for students from local schools on 29 November. The students, in Year 9 and 10, were from Ash Manor School, Calthorpe Park School, King’s International School and The Wavell School.
The students attended a ‘Presentation Masterclass’ delivered by Brandon O’Reilly, CEO, TAG Farnborough Airport which gave them plenty of advice, hints and tips for giving a good presentation. All the students then had two weeks to prepare their own presentations which could be on any aspect of aviation. The range of subject matter covered everything from aviation crime and aviation conspiracy theories to the manufacturing rivalry and future of aviation.
Brandon, Elaine Turner and Bayley Rolfe from TAG Farnborough Airport judged the presentations and were really impressed by the high standard of delivery from each of the teams as well as the quality of the content of each presentation.
“The standard across all the presentations was really high and better than many business presentations I’ve attended in the working environment. Well done to everyone who participated. Having had this experience, we hope that the students will now take the skills they have learnt and put them into practice when taking their next steps, whether that’s college, university or work” said Elaine Turner, Marketing & Events Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport.
As the standard was so high, there were two winners; Calthorpe Park School with ‘How is the Internet Transforming Aviation’ and The Wavell School with ‘Aviation Conspiracy Theories’.
26th November 2018 by Farnborough Airport
Réshé Harrison, winner of the TAG Flying Scholarship 2018, was joined by TAG Farnborough Airport CEO, Brandon O’Reilly, at a Scholarship presentation ceremony and reception at Cutler’s Hall in London last week. During the ceremony, The Court of The Honourable Company of Air Pilots presented Réshé with his scholarship certificate, formally marking his achievement.
On receiving his scholarship certificate, Réshé said, “The support of the Flying Scholarship has provided me with that vital stepping stone to go on to university to study Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training and has ultimately given me the chance to make my dreams a reality.”
“Réshé has worked hard and overcome many challenges to get to this point and I am sure that he will benefit greatly from the tremendous experience he has gained from this scholarship. I am delighted that TAG Farnborough Airport is supporting this scheme as it is yet another way in which we can encourage local young people to get involved in the world of aviation,” commented Brandon O’Reilly.
Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their PPL. Over the past 11 years, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry.
The TAG Flying Scholarship 2019 is set to be launched in January next year.
12th October 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has announced that 17-year-old Réshé Harrison has been awarded the TAG Flying Scholarship 2018 which provides training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme. Now in its 11th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation. Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their PPL. Over the past 11 years, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot.
Currently studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering at Kingston College, this year’s scholarship recipient, Réshé, has overcome the enormous challenge of battling leukaemia as a child to pursue his dream of becoming a fully qualified pilot. The defining moment came for a six year old Réshé – in the midst of his treatment for leukaemia – on a special children’s charity flight to Orlando. During a conversation with the Captain of the Boeing 747, Réshé explained that one day he wanted to be just like him to which the Captain responded: “Work hard, be the best and one day I hope to see you in the cockpit”.
Before being awarded the scholarship, Réshé completed a competitive application process, underwent various aptitude tests and an interview before final selection. He has been training at Redhill Aviation Flight Centre working towards his PPL.
On receiving the scholarship, Réshé said: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with such a fantastic and unique opportunity. Since that memorable day when I was just six years old, I have worked towards my ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot. The support of the Flying Scholarship has provided me with that vital stepping stone to go on to university to study Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training and has ultimately given me the chance to make my dreams a reality.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “I am delighted to award this scholarship to Réshé as he pursues his career in the world of aviation and benefits from the flying experience this scheme offers. We are keen to encourage young people to reach their full potential and are extremely proud to support this through our community engagement.”
4th October 2018 by Farnborough Airport
A capacity audience gathered at the Guildhall in London yesterday (3rd October) for the 12th annual presentation of the BACA Excellence Awards.
Finalists were shortlisted by a panel of international judges – including representatives of many of the key regional and trade associations – together with voting by BACA members to find the ultimate.
TAG Farnborough Airport were delighted to sponsor the Young Person of the Year Award 2018. The award was received by Zach Rankin from PrivateFly. Many Congratulations to Zach and all the winners.
11th July 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport welcomes the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to approve its Airspace Change Proposal.
We will carefully study the CAA’s decision and recommendations as we plan for the future.
For more information on the CAA’s decision, please visit https://www.caa.co.uk/News/Controlled-airspace-approved-for-Farnborough/
The purpose of TAG Farnborough Airport’s Airspace Change Proposal ACP is to create a new operating environment with elements of controlled airspace, which would offer all airspace users predictability and consistency of operation. Overall, this could further reduce noise and CO2 emissions, improving the environment in and around the airport. It is also set to improve efficiency and enhance safety.
Please visit www.consultation.tagfarnborough.com for more information
27th June 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has been awarded carbon neutral status, the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve this under Airport Carbon Accreditation run by Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE). To achieve carbon neutral status, an airport must have mapped its carbon emissions, reduced CO2 emissions under its direct control, engaged with others on the airport site to reduce their emissions and invested in responsible and credible programmes to offset residual carbon emissions.
Over the past decade, TAG Farnborough Airport has reduced carbon emissions over which it has direct control by 42 per cent or 2,183 tonnes (2008 carbon emissions: 5,242 tonnes) and over the past 5 years alone has invested over £1 million into energy efficiency projects.
“As a world-class facility, TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to responsible and sustainable development through comprehensive management of our environmental impact. Whilst carbon neutrality is without a doubt an important milestone in our carbon reduction efforts, our work in this field by no means ends here and we will continue to identify new and innovative ways to improve our sustainable credentials,” said Miles Thomas, Environment Manager TAG Farnborough Airport.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE, said, “We firmly believe that every aspect of aviation needs to try to address its carbon footprint and business aviation is no exception. As the first carbon neutral business aviation airport in the world, the team at TAG Farnborough Airport are pioneers in this regard, having engaged in ever-greater efforts in sustainability over the past years, allowing them to rise through the levels of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, to reach their ultimate goal today. I congratulate them on setting what we hope will become a trend among other business aviation airports that become inspired by their example.”
Attaining carbon neutral status is the culmination of over a decade’s work by TAG Farnborough Airport’s environmental team, headed by Miles Thomas. A host of projects with a focus on energy efficiency, staff accountability and awareness training, driven by the airport’s ISO14001 certification, have been key contributory factors in achieving carbon
5th June 2018 by Farnborough Airport
Over 500 participants – the greatest turn out ever and over three times as many people compared to the very first Twilight Runway Challenge in 2012 – ran, cycled, walked and roller skated around TAG Farnborough Airport’s runway and taxiways on Saturday evening as part of the 7th Twilight Runway Challenge. The annual charity event, organised jointly by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough, is in aid of Community Matters Partnership Projects (CMPP), which is working to raise the aspirations of young people throughout the local area. Students (past and present) and staff from The Sixth Form College Farnborough as well as employees from TAG Farnborough Airport along with other member companies of CMPP participated in the challenge which since its original launch has raised over £30,000.
Commenting on this year’s Challenge, Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We are proud to host this event for the seventh year running, just one of a number of activities we undertake at the airport in partnership with our local community.”
1st June 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has been chosen as the location for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s London Area Service Centre with a state of the art, purpose-built facility expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020.
The new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility will include office space, customer areas, shop space and a hangar able to accommodate up to 13 large-cabin aircraft. Significant ramp space will also be included, along with a car parking area. The entire facility is projected to cover approximately 180,000 to 220,000 square feet/16,723 to 20,439 square metres.
“We are delighted that Gulfstream has selected TAG Farnborough Airport as the location for its new MRO. We welcome this investment which will benefit the regional economy and underpin the airport’s role in supporting jobs and economic development. As Europe’s leading business aviation airport and a London gateway, we are well placed to meet the specific requirements of Gulfstream and its customers,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport.
“We chose TAG Farnborough Airport because it is a London gateway airport dedicated exclusively to business aviation. Frequented by many of our operators, it offers amenities that complement our brand, with the space required for our current construction plans and future growth,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support.
23rd April 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport is consistently recognised within the industry for its first class facilities and services, topping international FBO polls. For the 13th consecutive year TAG Farnborough Airport has been named ‘Best European FBO’ by Pro Pilot in the annual survey which polls subscribers to Professional Pilot magazine including qualified pilots, executives in charge of flight departments, aviation managers and CEOs.
“This result is a tribute to the dedication of all our staff and underlines the success of TAG Farnborough Airport’s philosophy – to consistently offer a five-star service to customers and crew of the highest standard with no compromise.” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport.
10th April 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has once again earned top honours in the annual Aviation International News (AIN) International FBO Survey for 2018, having been voted No.1 in the ‘Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific’ category for the 12th consecutive year. Since 1981, AIN readers, who use FBOs or are directly involved in flight planning, including a cross-section of pilots, air crews and dispatchers from international operators, have been voting in this annual survey from a list of more than 4,500 FBOs worldwide today.
“This result is a tribute to the high level of professionalism and dedication of all our staff at Farnborough,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport. “Following the significant investment to upgrade our terminal facilities, our focus continues to be on delivering the highest standard of service for customers and crew.”
2nd February 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has announced a record increase in air traffic movements (ATM), reporting the highest ever growth in the history of TAG Farnborough Airport for the month of January with an increase of 17.9 per cent in January 2018. This follows a year of significant growth with 2017 being the airport’s busiest year since 2007.
For the full year 2017, TAG Farnborough Airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 7.4 per cent and the record 17.9 per cent increase in January 2018 is a clear indication that this positive trend is set to continue.
Also noted for 2017 was a substantial growth in air traffic movements from Asia with an increase of 13 per cent year-on-year, as well as Africa and Europe, both up by 10 per cent year-on-year.
The latest figures were announced by CEO Brandon O’Reilly to a group of aviation journalists at a briefing held this week.
Commenting on TAG Farnborough Airport’s performance, Brandon O’Reilly said: “This improved performance is a tribute to the dedication of all our employees and represents a clear vote of confidence in the airport from the business aviation sector. It underlines the success of TAG Farnborough Airport’s philosophy – to consistently offer a five-star service of the highest standard with no compromises – and our position as Europe’s leading business airport.”
8th January 2018 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2018. Each year, under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme. Now in its 11th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.
Over the past decade, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot. Last year’s winner, Leo Tang, was able to undergo flight training at Phoenix Aviation’s base in Lee-on-the-Solent and was successful in gaining his PPL in Autumn 2017. Leo Tang commented: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. My ultimate goal has always been to pursue a career within the aviation industry, to become a professional pilot and qualify as a flying instructor, allowing me to pass on my skills to the next generation of young flying enthusiasts. The support of the Flying Scholarship has been invaluable, allowing me to make my dreams a reality.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage young people to not only become involved in the world of aviation but also reach their full potential and are extremely proud to support this initiative through our community engagement.”
Further information is available on The Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ website: www.airpilots.org/career-matters/scholarships/flying-scholarships-2018/
Candidates must be at least 17 years old on 1st June 2018.