The Vigilant project has 2 major elements: Home-based and African operations
12 aircraft for service in Britain • Establish a network of air experience Flights to serve British youth and social organisations on a not-for-profit basis as a civilian service.
6 aircraft each for Lesotho and Botswana. • Lesotho: (Operated by the Air Wing of the army.) • Air Experience Flights for young people & the children of Sentebale • Educational: A focus for technical and engineering education • Tourism: an initiative to kick-start gliding & and part-fund the local operation
• Botswana: ( Operated on behalf of Tusk/WWT ) • Bush pilot training • Surveillance of National Parks • Tourism to part-fund sustainability of the operation
Vigilant Project Home-based Objectives
• Provide a low cost or free service to targeted youth and social organisations to experience flight. • Augment existing programs of established organisations • Promote the government’s agenda of supporting light aviation • Contribute to General Aviation opportunities • Create a pool of aircraft accessible to volunteer (LAA) pilots • Contribute to air safety • Be efficient in terms of impact on the public purse
The Vigilant African Objectives
• Consolidate the Spitfire Legacy Program in Lesotho with direct engagement with light aviation • Support HRH Princes Seeiso’s & Harry’s “Sentebale” charity for orphans through experience of flight • Provide a focus for educational initiatives - the opportunities that can stem from this are many and various • Support local services and IWT objectives. (National parks require surveillance. An airborne facility offers an effective contribution). • Kick-start gliding in Lesotho as an opportunity for tourism • Support Bush-Pilot training in Botswana and SADC • Contribute to British soft diplomacy
We will be announcing further fundraising initiatives to help finance the ongoing rebuild including a specially themed boxed edition of SPITFIRE HERITAGE GIN and SUPERMARINE VODKA from our distillery, SPITFIRE HERITAGE DISTILLERS.