20th November 2019 by Farnborough Airport
Farnborough Airport has announced that 18-year-old Farnborough local, Tom Ferguson, has been selected from a wide range of candidates to be awarded the Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship 2019 which provides training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
The Farnborough Airport Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme. Now in its 12th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate pupils and students about the aviation industry. Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, Farnborough Airport grants one young person a scholarship with the aim of providing the opportunity to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their PPL. For over a decade now, scholarship recipients have progressed to a variety of professional roles within the aviation industry such as commercial airline pilot.
Currently studying A level Maths, Further Maths and Physics at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, this year’s scholarship recipient, Tom, would ultimately love to pursue his dream of becoming a fast-jet pilot with the RAF. Before being awarded the scholarship, Tom completed a highly competitive application process, underwent various aptitude tests and an interview before final selection. He has been training at Blackbushe School of Flying at Blackbushe Airport and the time flown will count towards his PPL.
Tom Ferguson said: “I would like to thank Farnborough Airport for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. From when I was just a very young boy, I dreamt of being able to learn to fly, with the ultimate goal of becoming a fast-jet pilot with the RAF. This Flying Scholarship has brought me one vital step closer to achieving this goal and allowing me to make my dreams a reality.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO Farnborough Airport, said: “Encouraging young people and helping them to reach their potential is extremely important. As a former British Airways Commercial Trainee, I appreciate only too well the importance of opportunities like our Flying Scholarship. I am pleased to award Tom with this scholarship as he starts his career in the world of aviation.”
1st October 2019 by Farnborough Airport
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”), via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 (“MEIF6”), has acquired Farnborough Airport from a consortium of private investors.
Leigh Harrison, Head of MIRA EMEA, said: “We are delighted to announce our investment in Farnborough Airport. In addition to holding an important place in UK aviation history, the airport is known for its high-quality offering to customers. Drawing on our extensive experience managing airport infrastructure around the world, we look forward to partnering with Farnborough Airport to ensure it remains an important contributor to the local economy and a business aviation gateway to London and the South East.”
Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of Farnborough Airport, said: “The significant investment that has occurred at Farnborough Airport over the past two decades under the previous shareholders has been transformative. With a number of development projects already underway, we are excited to partner with Macquarie to further develop our offering to the business aviation market.”
TAG Farnborough Airport wins the 2019 IEMA Sustainability Impact Award for Energy and Carbon Transition
24th September 2019 by Farnborough Airport
FARNBOROUGH, 24 September 2019 – TAG Farnborough Airport, Europe’s
leading business aviation airport, has been named the winner in the Energy and
Carbon Transition category at the newly launched IEMA Sustainability Impact
Awards 2019, recognising the airport’s achievements in energy efficiency and
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the largest professional body for environmental practitioners in the UK and worldwide, with nearly 15,000 members. The new IEMA Awards recognise people and businesses that are transforming the world towards sustainability, with winners selected by a panel of judges featuring leading authorities in the environment and sustainability sector.
Receiving the award, Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “This award represents another important milestone in our ongoing energy efficiency and carbon reduction efforts. TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to developing its business in a responsible and sustainable way through the comprehensive management of our environmental impact.”
16th July 2019 by Farnborough Airport
More than 600 people ran, cycled, walked and roller skated around TAG Farnborough Airport’s runway and taxiways as part of the eighth Twilight Challenge, there were almost four times as many participants compared to the very first Challenge in 2012.
The charity event organised by Community Matters Partnership Programme (CMPP) and hosted by TAG Farnborough Airport has raised nearly £15,000. The run is in aid of CMPP who work to raise the aspirations of young people throughout the area. Past and present students and staff from The Sixth Form College Farnborough, as well as employees from TAG Farnborough Airport and other member companies from CMPP took part.
Award-winning facilities and services recognised as TAG Farnborough Airport leads international FBO polls
15th May 2019 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has earned top honours in the annual Aviation International News (AIN) International FBO Survey for 2019, ranking first in the ‘Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific’ category for the 13th consecutive year. For the 14th year in a row, the airport was also named ‘Best European FBO’ in the 2019 Pro Pilot PRASE Survey.
“These results are 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.”
1st March 2019 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport is underscoring its ongoing commitment to sustainable development and carbon footprint reduction by supporting an exciting programme focused on solar energy. In conjunction with Carbon Footprint Ltd, the airport is off-setting 2018 residual carbon emissions (over which it has direct control) through the support of renewable energy projects, both locally with the donation of a 10kW Solar Array system to Newlands Primary School in Yateley, Hampshire and also overseas through the support of a large-scale solar farm project in India, bringing green energy, education and employment opportunities between the two projects.
In 2018, TAG Farnborough Airport became the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality and since then has continued to make further substantial reductions in its carbon footprint with a confirmed offset totalling 1,605 tonnes of carbon emissions for the last year. Over the past five years alone, TAG Farnborough Airport has invested over £1 million into energy efficiency projects and during the past decade has reduced carbon emissions, over which it has direct control, by 3,819 tonnes or 73 per cent (2008 carbon emissions: 5,242 tonnes).
In cooperation with Carbon Footprint Ltd, TAG Farnborough Airport has offset residual emissions through credible and certified offsetting projects, which in recent years have included school tree planting in the local area paired with a conservation project in the Amazon rainforest (Florestal Santa Maria Project), protecting trees in one of the most biodiverse places in the world. This important work is continuing in 2019 with TAG Farnborough Airport donating a 10kW Solar Power system to Newlands Primary School, located close to the airport in Yateley, Hampshire. As well as providing much needed renewable energy, the new solar system will allow the school to reduce its electricity costs by about £1,300 each year and at the same time provide the children with a unique learning opportunity in the field of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).
At the same time, TAG Farnborough Airport is also supporting an overseas solar power project in rural India. The project has provided employment in a developing region, helping to both decarbonise the national grid and reduce power outage.
At a special commemorative event at Newlands School this week to celebrate the ‘switching on’ of the new solar power system, Miles Thomas, Environment Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport, commented, “The solar schools project will provide a lasting benefit to Newlands Primary School, supplying a carbon free source of electricity for many years to come while creating an avenue for discovery and learning amongst pupils in the field of science and technology.”
“TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to developing its business in a responsible and sustainable way, supporting our local community economically, socially and environmentally. Our voluntary participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides the opportunity to achieve this through projects that are not only designed to meet our carbon footprint offsetting requirements, but also provide direct benefit to our local community.”
Dr Wendy Buckley, Client Director at Carbon Footprint Ltd, said, “It is fantastic to see TAG Farnborough Airport continue to support community projects, both on a local and international basis. It is highly appropriate that having already introduced new technology – including solar power – at their own site, the airport is now supporting the introduction of the latest solar technology with these local and overseas projects.”
William Neighbour, Headteacher at Newlands Primary School said, “We are really grateful to TAG Farnborough Airport for their donation of the solar panels. The children at Newlands are very conscience of their impact on the environment and push us adults to ensure we are delivering a sustainable planet for them to inherit. The solar panels have allowed us to focus more of our school curriculum on renewable energies and the environment, empowering the children to have a greater understanding of how they can improve their environment. TAG Farnborough Airport’s significant investment in solar technology has the additional benefit of saving the school thousands of pounds.”
7th February 2019 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport has launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2019. Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one 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 12th 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 scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Réshé Harrison, was able to pursue his dream of becoming a fully qualified pilot having overcome the enormous challenge of battling leukaemia as a child. Réshé completed his flight training at Redhill Aviation Flight Centre and successfully gained his PPL in October 2018. Réshé commented: “I would like to thank TAG Farnborough Airport for providing me with such a fantastic and unique opportunity. The support of the Flying Scholarship has provided me with that vital stepping stone to go on to university to study Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot License and has ultimately given me the chance 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:
Candidates must be at least 17 years old on 1st June 2019.
17th January 2019 by Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport announces a record year for air traffic movements
FARNBOROUGH, 17 January 2019 – TAG Farnborough Airport has today announced a record year for air traffic movements by reporting the highest ever number of total annual movements in 2018, surpassing the previous record from 2007 by 8.2 per cent.
For the full year 2018, TAG Farnborough Airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 13.8 per cent, with initial forecasts indicating this positive trend is set to continue in 2019.
TAG Farnborough Airport serves customers from around the world and in 2018 noted substantial growth in air traffic movements to and from the U.S., with an increase of 22.5 per cent year-on-year, as well as Europe, up by 15.5 per cent.
“TAG Farnborough airport’s improved performance last year is a tribute to the dedication of all our employees and represents a clear vote of confidence 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,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport.
“2018 was an important year of milestones for TAG Farnborough Airport. We were delighted to be selected by Gulfstream as the location for a state of the art, purpose-built maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility and to be awarded carbon neutral status, the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve this.”
TAG Farnborough Airport currently handles more than 30,000 flights per annum, with approval to increase this number to 50,000 and is equipped to cater for a wide range of aircraft types including Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets. As the only dedicated business aviation airport in the UK, it is specifically designed to offer a one-stop shop for business aviation customers, and with 240,000 sq ft of heated hangar facilities and 1.2m sq ft of ramp space can accommodate both based and transient aircraft.