Charity Raffle 2020

PilotsTogether is working to provide career, mental health, and financial assistance to pilots who have been made redundant due to the impact of COVID-19. Thanks to the generosity of so many, whether through Give as You Earn contributions or direct donations, we are able to make a difference in the lives of those facing urgent need.

To enhance our ability to serve those in need as the holidays approach, we conducted a series of raffles in support of the charity. These four simultaneous raffles contained amazing prizes that any AvGeek would love – 747 and A380 simulator experiences, a visit to NATS and the tower at London Heathrow, a day out in Europe with Gilbert from God Save The Points, limited edition aviation prints, and much, much more.

We know that times are tough for so many so we are so grateful for your support.  We raised a staggering £22,245. This is an amazing amount of money and will be used directly to help these pilots to avoid defaulting on flight training loans, mortgage payments, and more.

Winners were drawn live throughout the day on December 6th during the PilotsTogether live-stream. This live-stream brought together leading aviation pundits and writers, well-known pilots, aircraft manufacturers, and many others for some light-hearted chatter about all things aviation and travel, all in support of these pilots in need.  You can view all our winners below.

A380 Simulator

‘Raffle A – ‘The Flying Scotsman Draw’

This opening raffle features some heavy-weight prizes, ‘A380 super heavy’ in-fact! In this draw, you could win the chance to take the A380 out for a spin around the circuit, experience a wine tasting masterclass in the comfort of your home, or even a flight around the skies with our very own ‘Flying Scotsman’ – Scott Bateman.  See the full prize list and winners below.

First Prize - A380 Simulator Experience

Get in the pilot seat and be guided through flying the Airbus A380 by pilot celebrity Dave Wallsworth.

No experience required as the team takes you through a simulator session in a multi-million pound simulator at the British Airways Learning Academy at London Heathrow Airport.

You will be met and hosted by one of the PilotsTogether Trustee Team who is a pilot themselves and the day will start with the formalities.

You will then go into a briefing with your simulator pilot instructor host who will explain the vagaries of the Airbus A380, Super Jumbo, and how to get the best from your simulator session.

You may enjoy this experience exclusively or have one additional guest accompany you. They can either watch you or share the flying time in the simulator.

A380 Simulator

Total time for the flight experience in the simulator is 2-hours with a minimum of 5 hours being required for the entire experience.

This prize must be used within 12-months of the draw and will be subject to the prevailing operational and any social distancing or health regulations in place at the time. Date may be dictated by simulator availability.

The winner is Kenneth Simpson with 37061-RafflA-2020-1732

Second Prize - Flight with Scott Bateman in a PA-28

This is a 50-minute flight over the Cotswolds for 2 persons (one must be over 18 years of age) with Scottie Bateman in a PA-28 aircraft. We will take off and land from the Cotswold Airport and transport to and from the venue is not included.

This is to be arranged at a mutually convenient time in Apr-Jun 2021.

The winner is Malcolm Pankhurst with 15677-RafflA-2020-1205

Third Prize - Private Wine Tasting with the "Israeli Wine Ambassador"

Tal Sunderland-Cohen, the “Israeli Wine Ambassador” will come to your home or office in London, and treat up to 8 people to a private master class and tasting of 6 premium Israeli wines. Valid through the end of December 2021. If you prefer, Tal can arrange the wines to be shipped to you and do the tasting by Zoom.

About Tal:

Tal is a wine consultant, judge, educator and writer, with over 30 years’ experience. He was the international wine correspondent for Israel’s national Globes newspaper and Wine & Gourmet magazine for many years, and penned the book “Wine Trails of Israel” – one of the first on this topic.

Tal is known for his passion, humour, energy, and deep expertise. He is highly sought after as both a lecturer and consultant. Before his career in wine, Tal founded Israel’s first bartending school. His clients include El Al.

In addition to his private work, Tal lectures on wine branding and marketing at Israel’s only winemaking college, and trains diplomats in wine and food knowledge and etiquette. He acts as the “Israeli Wine Ambassador”, working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the wonderful wines of Israel around the world.

Tal serves on the International Magistral Council and Ordre Mondial Committee of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

The winner is Nigel Morgan with 38018-RafflA-2020-1800

Fourth Prize - Pete Burkill "30 Seconds to Impact" Signed by the author

When Peter took charge of the flight deck of the 777 and took off from Beijing airport, there was nothing to suggest that this trip would be anything other than a routine flight of the sort he had made so many times before. It was not until moments before landing that anything went wrong. Coming in to Heathrow Airport, the plane suffered inexplicable loss of power to both engines, and it was suddenly likely that the plane would plough into a built-up area outside the airport, with the loss of all lives on board.

Peter tells us in graphic detail his thoughts and actions when he managed to help save the plane at the last moment thanks to a flash of inspiration that led him to change the position of the wing flaps, which appeared to gain the vehicle enough precious time to make it over the perimeter fence and land on the grass, short of the runway.

For both Maria and Peter, their lives following the crash have resulted in experiences that they never would have expected to have happened. There isn’t a handbook with rules to follow after a crash so the subsequent aftermath was laced with events that could have been handled better from all sides, which lead to Maria and Peter having to find strength inside them that they had never needed before.

A little more than a year later, they have used these strengths to begin a new chapter in their lives; starting with leaving British Airways and celebrating a second chance to enjoy life.

But there are still nights when they find themselves awake, crying about what could have happened on that fateful day.

Signed by the author himself.

The winner is Stephen Last with 23458-RafflA-2020-1581

Fifth Prize - 23 Sqn Anniversary Print

Own a little piece of military aviation history with this 23 Sqn 90th framed anniversary print signed by the Squadron Commander and the crews of this AWACS squadron based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

A priceless piece of military aviation history.

The winner is Graham Ball with 15714-RafflA-2020-1258

Sixth Prize - Limited Edition Graphics856 Print

Our limited-edition print by Chris Burns from Graphic856.com is from a photograph taken by renowned aviation photographer and pilot James Dinsdale.

In the print, British Airways’ Boeing 747-436 G-CIVF is seen touching down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 18 January 2020 as BA283 from London Heathrow after a flight time of 11:03.

G-CIVF (MSN 25434, Line Number 1058) first flew on 22 March 1995 and was delivered to British Airways on 29 March 1995. As of 25 October 2020, the aircraft is stored at Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY).

Graphic 856 is the studio created by Chris Burns, an artist and illustrator living and working in Hertfordshire. He has a passion for Graphic Art and in particular, Digital Illustration. His style is minimalist, celebrating essential features and details of his chosen subjects. Graphic shapes and bold colours are layered to create unique views and iconic subjects. Currently he is focusing on travel and airlines. He says, “I have a passion to create pieces that will transport you somewhere, evoke memories and bring the viewer joy. I do what I do because I love it.”

You can see more of Chris’ work on the Graphic856 website or on Instagram at @graphic_856

The image shown here is an in-progress view of the print. We will post an image of the final print as soon as it is completed. We appreciate the efforts and donations from both Chris and James.

The winner is Paul Moore with 38069-RafflA-2020-1849

Seventh Prize - Slip Cased Limited Edition copy of Vulcan 607, signed by some of the crew

It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943 . . .

April 1982. Argentine forces had invaded the Falkland Islands. Britain needed an answer. And fast.

The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was four thousand miles beyond its maximum range. It would take fifteen Victor tankers and seventeen separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target, and give its crew any chance of coming back alive.

Enjoy this limited Edition copy of Vulcan 607, signed by some of the crew involved in the mission.

The winner is Stephen Gilmour with 15254-RafflA-2020-988

Eighth Prize - Aerotiques Gipsy Cylinder Lamp

Aviation History as Functional Art

Aerotiques is a labor of love. Founded by Daren Hales and Darren Lewington in 2016, Aerotiques’ aim is to bring the art of aviation into your life. The duo combines their passion for aviation and flair for design to transform recycled aircraft into aviation art. Daren and Darren have kindly provided a vintage de Havilland Gipsy Major aero engine cylinder and piston that has been reworked into a beautiful table lamp.  The barrel is finished in a semi-gloss black powder coat and the piston is polished. The solid oak turned base houses the vintage-style, 3-core braided twist cable to a polished chrome switched safety bayonet cap lamp fitting.

The winner is Mike Rothwell with 25298-RafflA-2020-1696

Ninth Prize - 40% Sized Cockpit Poster

This 40% scale all-in-one poster courtesy of Flightvectors.com is great for aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Their cockpit posters are easy to understand – clearly presented in the way you would see them whilst seated in the flight deck, with the important details popping off the page.

They are printed on heavyweight satin photo paper using an 8 colour 2400dpi process. Complete with a clear satin vinyl laminate finish, they are so detailed and 3D photo-realistic you can see how it feels.

The prize winner will get to choose from the selection of 40% sized posters available at the Flightvectors.com website. They manufacture products for all Boeings and Airbuses, plus most Bombardier, Embraer and ATR aeroplanes together with many popular business and light aircraft.

The winner is Moritz Winkler with 15605-RafflA-2020-1148

Tenth Prize - Limited Edition Aviation Print by JP Santiago "Braniff"

Physician, father, and total #AvGeek JP Santiago (aka the Sentinel Chicken) has graciously contributed four of his limited-edition aircraft prints to the PilotsTogether charity raffle. His museum-quality archival prints represent some of the most iconic aircraft and airlines throughout history and are featured in many aviation-themed collections around the world.

This print is the Braniff International Boeing 747SP N603BN (October 1979) – The Boeing 747SPs were part of an ambitious trans-Pacific expansion plan by Braniff after airline deregulation in the United States. The SPs were also to be used on the DFW-Bahrain route for which the airline was seeking route authority to link the two centres of the oil industry.

The winner is John Collier with 38095-RafflA-2020-1891

747-400 Simulator

Raffle B – ‘The Queen’s Draw’

Although The Queen of the Skies has taken early retirement, you can grab the chance to try your hands at the controls. The Queen’s draw boasts a variety of flying experiences, some impressive and limited edition artwork, and a model (aircraft) that will be the talking piece of any dinner party or #AvGeek collection! As they say, ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’, so win it before she goes!

First Prize - 747-400 Simulator Experience

Get in the pilot seat and be guided through flying the 747-400 by Scott Bateman/Lyndsay McGregor.

No experience required as the team takes you through a simulator session in a multi-million pound simulator at the British Airways Learning Academy at London Heathrow Airport.

You will be met and hosted by one of the PilotsTogether Trustee Team who is a pilot themselves and the day will start with the formalities.

You will then go into a briefing with your simulator pilot instructor host who will explain the vagaries of the Boeing 747, Jumbo Jet, and how to get the best from your simulator session.

You may enjoy this experience exclusively or have one additional guest accompany you. They can either watch you or share the flying time in the simulator.

747 Simulator Experience

Total time for the flight experience in the simulator is 2-hours with a minimum of 5 hours being required for the entire experience.

This prize must be used within 12-months of the draw and will be subject to the prevailing operational and any social distancing or health regulations in place at the time. Date may be dictated by simulator availability.

The winner is Robert Edmonds with 15269-RafflB-2020-517

Second Prize - Cub flight from White Waltham with Mark Smith

The Piper Cub was the aircraft that taught America to fly. This example saw service as an artillery spotter in Italy in 1944. After military service Yankee November had an adventurous life in the mountains of Northern Italy and France before eventually arriving in the UK. She is now based at White Waltham, the vibrant home of the West London Aero Club. Piloted by Mark Smith, enjoy a flight over Berkshire, perhaps take a tour around Henley and look down at the Thames, rowing clubs, polo fields and gallops. Simple, vintage aviation at its best. The day will include a pre-departure briefing, aircraft tour and 30 minute flight.
*Min age 16, flight is weather dependant and will be the winners responsibility for travel to and from the airfield.

The winner is David Crossman with 40571-RafflB-2020-1484

Third Prize - GSTP "Happy Hour" Chat/Wine

Gilbert Ott is an international man of mystery and one of the world’s leading travel experts. His adventures take him around the world and his travel exploits are regularly featured in news outlets across the globe. Obsessed with deals, destinations and luxury travel – Ott is constantly in search of an edge and shares every travel trick with his loyal followers on GodSaveThePoints.com.

He tells his audience to, “Catch him in airports around the world, if they can.” If you do catch him, you’ll soon find he is one of the nicest, smartest, and most knowledgeable (about travel, aviation, wine, and more) people you’ll ever come across.

Gilbert has graciously offered his support to PilotsTogether and one of the prizes he has provided is an “e-points consultation happy hour.” The winner will receive a bottle of wine (or other spirit that strikes Gilbert’s fancy) that they will share via an hour-long personal consultation (via Zoom) on all things travel, points, etc.

The winner is Christopher Pope with 37067-RafflB-2020-1174

Fourth Prize - Aerad Concorde Chart - signed by the Concorde Chief Pilot

The Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde was a British-French supersonic passenger airliner that operated until 2003. As one of only two commercial supersonic airliners, it had a maximum speed of over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 (1354 mph or 2180 kmh at cruise altitude). It first flew in 1976 and operated for 27 years. On 7th February 1996 Concorde broke the world record for the fastest transatlantic airliner flight. It flew from New York JFK to London Heathrow in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

Concorde’s finale took place during the autumn of 2003. British Airways conducted a series of farewell flights across North America and the U.K. and Northern Ireland. The fleet was retired on the 24th October 2003. Three services landed in succession at London’s Heathrow Airport following their flights from New York JFK, Edinburgh, and a round-trip tour of the Bay of Biscay.

This Aerad Concorde chart was published to support those final flights and also details the routings between London, New York, Washington, Toronto, Paris, Barbados and Antigua.

It is signed by British Airways’ Chief Concorde Pilot, Captain Mike Bannister.

The winner is Anthony Charlesworth with 40579-RafflB-2020-1508

Fifth Prize - Lisa Harding Photo Print

Lincolnshire based Lisa Harding has more than 30 years experience as a professional aviation photographer. With the BBMF and Red Arrows  on her door step Lisa has a passion for warbird aviation and  has captured some stunning and unique moments in time. This print is a fond favourite of hers.

The winner is Todd Cohen with 15742-RafflB-2020-787

Sixth Prize - Limited Edition Graphics856 Print

Our limited-edition print by Chris Burns from Graphic856.com is from a photograph taken by renowned aviation photographer and pilot James Dinsdale.

In the print, British Airways’ Boeing 747-436 G-CIVF is seen touching down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 18 January 2020 as BA283 from London Heathrow after a flight time of 11:03.

G-CIVF (MSN 25434, Line Number 1058) first flew on 22 March 1995 and was delivered to British Airways on 29 March 1995. As of 25 October 2020, the aircraft is stored at Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY).

Graphic 856 is the studio created by Chris Burns, an artist and illustrator living and working in Hertfordshire. He has a passion for Graphic Art and in particular, Digital Illustration. His style is minimalist, celebrating essential features and details of his chosen subjects. Graphic shapes and bold colours are layered to create unique views and iconic subjects. Currently he is focusing on travel and airlines. He says, “I have a passion to create pieces that will transport you somewhere, evoke memories and bring the viewer joy. I do what I do because I love it.”

You can see more of Chris’ work on the Graphic856 website or on Instagram at @graphic_856

The image shown here is an in-progress view of the print. We will post an image of the final print as soon as it is completed. We appreciate the efforts and donations from both Chris and James.

The winner is Darren Lewington with 37919-RafflB-2020-1208

Seventh Prize - 1/48 Scale F35 Lockheed Martin Model

Perk up your home office, create a talking point for the backdrop of your next zoom call, or if you just want to marvel at the cutting edge technology the F35 boasts, then this sizeable, money can’t buy model ticks all the boxes. Kindly donated by Lockheed Martin, this prize will be the talking point of any dinner party.

The winner is Andrew Walling with 15248-RafflB-2020-488

Eighth Prize - FR24 Gold Subscription

Get the VIP treatment with a Gold membership for this most popular of aircraft monitoring APPs. This is a Gold Membership from FR24 for an entire year to be taken when you wish. This can start immediately or wait until your current membership expires and upgrade.

We are hugely grateful to FR24 for donating three of these packages for our raffle.

The winner is Hannah Vaughan with 16183-RafflB-2020-848

Ninth Prize - 40% Sized Cockpit Poster

This 40% scale all-in-one poster courtesy of Flightvectors.com is great for aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Their cockpit posters are easy to understand – clearly presented in the way you would see them whilst seated in the flight deck, with the important details popping off the page.

They are printed on heavyweight satin photo paper using an 8 colour 2400dpi process. Complete with a clear satin vinyl laminate finish, they are so detailed and 3D photo-realistic you can see how it feels.

The prize winner will get to choose from the selection of 40% sized posters available at the Flightvectors.com website. They manufacture products for all Boeings and Airbuses, plus most Bombardier, Embraer and ATR aeroplanes together with many popular business and light aircraft.

The winner is Jeremy Palmer with 15688-RafflB-2020-701

Tenth Prize - Limited Edition Aviation Print by JP Santiago "Avianca"

Physician, father, and total #AvGeek JP Santiago (aka the Sentinel Chicken) has graciously contributed four of his limited-edition aircraft prints to the PilotsTogether charity raffle. His museum-quality archival prints represent some of the most iconic aircraft and airlines throughout history and are featured in many aviation-themed collections around the world.

This print is the Avianca Colombia 707-320B(Adv) HK-1402 “Sucre” – Avianca is the second oldest airline in the world after KLM and this Boeing 707-320B, named after Antonio Jose de Sucre, the first president of Colombia, was the first new delivery 707 in Avianca’s fleet. Previous aircraft were second-hand examples and the 707s replaced Lockheed Constellations on the airline’s flagship routes to the United States.

The winner is Amelia Powell with 15737-RafflB-2020-782

Raffle C – ‘The Spitfire Sizzler’

If you feel the need for something a bit more agile, nimble, and manoeuvrable than the 747, then this is the draw for you! Win the opportunity to test your dog-fighting skills in the world’s only Spitfire Simulator, courtesy of Boultbee Flight Academy. If that wasn’t enough, a 747 watch, limited edition ‘Ultimate Fighters’ print, and an annual Flight Radar 24 Gold subscription are all up for the taking – that should get the #AvGeek juices flowing!

First Prize - A380 Simulator Experience

Get in the pilot seat and be guided through flying the Airbus A380 by pilot celebrity Dave Wallsworth.

No experience required as the team takes you through a simulator session in a multi-million pound simulator at the British Airways Learning Academy at London Heathrow Airport.

You will be met and hosted by one of the PilotsTogether Trustee Team who is a pilot themselves and the day will start with the formalities.

You will then go into a briefing with your simulator pilot instructor host who will explain the vagaries of the Airbus A380, Super Jumbo, and how to get the best from your simulator session.

You may enjoy this experience exclusively or have one additional guest accompany you. They can either watch you or share the flying time in the simulator.

A380 Simulator

Total time for the flight experience in the simulator is 2-hours with a minimum of 5 hours being required for the entire experience.

This prize must be used within 12-months of the draw and will be subject to the prevailing operational and any social distancing or health regulations in place at the time. Date may be dictated by simulator availability.

The winner is Seth Miller with 24868-RafflC-2020-756

Second Prize - Flight in a Spitfire Simulator

Boultbee Flight Academy is proud to announce the launch of the world’s only Spitfire Simulator that can be used for training new Spitfire pilots as well as giving fantastic wartime combat experiences to non-pilots. The simulator has three key components that make it so unique and special. It’s not the closest thing to flying a real Spitfire. It is flying a real Spitfire!

THE MISSION

Spitfires are notoriously tricky to handle on the ground, but an absolute dream in the air. For this reason, we generally start our sorties in the air. If time and ability permits, we will offer you the opportunity to take-off. These sim sessions are designed to give you an amazing insight into the skill and workload involved in piloting such an incredible war bird. With so much power in the 27 litre Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and the speed she is capable of, just keeping her flying straight and level is a challenge in itself!
During your session you’ll be learning the basics of flying and might even take your first foray into aerobatics. Will you be returning to base to perform a Victory Roll? You flight will involve all of the below unless there is something else you’d specifically like to do:

1. Brief introduction to instruments and controls including effects of controls
2. Brief introduction to handling
3. Start in the air
4. Basic handling and effects of controls
5. Power adjustments
6. Aerobatics
7. Attempt landing
8. If time permits, attempt take-off

Package includes:

• A 30 minute slot in the Simulator
• Roughly 20 minutes airborne
• One guest to accompany you to watch
• Expect to be at the Academy for 1 hour

Restrictions:

• Not heavier than 110kgs
• Not above 193cm tall

The winner is Kirsten Pistor with 16170-RafflC-2020-507

Third Prize - 747 Tribute Watch

Bristol Watch

Limited Edition Bristol Watch

This modern timepiece features a carefully crafted stainless steel case and displays an original artefact from a KLM 747 airframe. The movement is a precision Swiss made chronograph with a Super Luminova dial protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This design is limited to 1986 units in honour of the year KLM 747 Tail # PH-BUW entered service. The 747 was the original “Jumbo Jet” and has been considered the “queen of the skies” since it first entering service with Pan American Airlines in 1970. Now fading from passenger service, this aircraft holds a special place in the hearts of the countless passengers and crew that have flown aboard this icon.

The winner is Dan Johnston with 23415-RafflC-2020-706

Bristol Watch rear

Limited Edition Bristol Watch

Fourth Prize - Harrier 809: Britain’s Legendary Jump Jet signed by the author

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The odds against them are overwhelming. The MoD’s own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week. Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight. Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots.

Enjoy a piece of aviation history with this signed copy of Harrier 809 by critically acclaimed author Rowland White.

The winner is Jenny Butler with 15209-RafflC-2020-280

Fifth Prize - Darren Harbar 'Ultimate Fighters" Print

Darren Harbar runs a commercial photography business based in Bedfordshire. The vast majority of his work is in the field of vintage aviation, which includes capturing images of classic aircraft from another aircraft in formation. The piece Darren has donated is titled ‘Ultimate fighters’ and will be unveiled on the day of the draw.

The winner is Graham Braithwaite with 40497-RafflC-2020-948

Sixth Prize - Limited Edition Graphics856 Print

Our limited-edition print by Chris Burns from Graphic856.com is from a photograph taken by renowned aviation photographer and pilot James Dinsdale.

In the print, British Airways’ Boeing 747-436 G-CIVF is seen touching down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 18 January 2020 as BA283 from London Heathrow after a flight time of 11:03.

G-CIVF (MSN 25434, Line Number 1058) first flew on 22 March 1995 and was delivered to British Airways on 29 March 1995. As of 25 October 2020, the aircraft is stored at Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY).

Graphic 856 is the studio created by Chris Burns, an artist and illustrator living and working in Hertfordshire. He has a passion for Graphic Art and in particular, Digital Illustration. His style is minimalist, celebrating essential features and details of his chosen subjects. Graphic shapes and bold colours are layered to create unique views and iconic subjects. Currently he is focusing on travel and airlines. He says, “I have a passion to create pieces that will transport you somewhere, evoke memories and bring the viewer joy. I do what I do because I love it.”

You can see more of Chris’ work on the Graphic856 website or on Instagram at @graphic_856

The image shown here is an in-progress view of the print. We will post an image of the final print as soon as it is completed. We appreciate the efforts and donations from both Chris and James.

The winner is Nathan Clee with 17408-RafflC-2020-514

Seventh Prize - Bottle of 99 Sqn Centenary Celebration Port

A bottle of vintage 99 Sqn port, in a commemorative case from the Centenary Event in 2018.   99 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton, is the only UK squadron operating the C-17 Globemaster III. They deliver world-class strategic airlifts providing long-range, heavy lift transport.  The squadron’s emblem, displayed on the commemorative box,  shows a puma salient – the design embodies firstly the squadron’s history as a unit of the Independent Air Force and later as a Night Bombing Squadron. Secondly, Tenacity of Purpose, illustrated by the gallantry of daylight raids on Germany during the First World War and the tenacity required by aircrew of Night Bombing aircraft. Hence the selection of the Black Puma as the main emblem; independent in its habits and credited as being of the nobler beast of prey.

https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/squadrons/99-squadron/

The winner is Michael Shields with 37092-RafflC-2020-787

Eighth Prize - FR24 Gold Subscription

Get the VIP treatment with a Gold membership for this most popular of aircraft monitoring APPs. This is a Gold Membership from FR24 for an entire year to be taken when you wish. This can start immediately or wait until your current membership expires and upgrade.

We are hugely grateful to FR24 for donating three of these packages for our raffle.

The winner is Gareth Richardson with 40558-RafflC-2020-1017

Ninth Prize - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Tour

Spitfire Restoration Hangar Tours of the facility are available on regular Saturdays and Sundays and are led by a knowledgeable guide who can describe the history of each aircraft and answer any questions. Those that wish to take the opportunity can also sit in a Spitfire for an additional charge of £40 and have the controls explained in detail. Group sizes are deliberately kept small, with no more than 6 people on each, ensuring that visitors can enjoy close, unhindered access to the iconic Spitfire in an unmatched historical setting. Photography is permitted and your guide can take photographs of you with your own camera. Please be aware that this is a working hangar facility on a live airfield with loud machinery sometimes in operation, so is not suitable for the very young or pets, however wheelchair access is very good, with no steps to negotiate and parking close to the entrance.

Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

There is nowhere else in the world that you can see a squadron’s worth of Spitfires up close all year-round and all the restoration work that supports their continued operation.

The winner is Philippa Penfold with 38060-RafflC-2020-848

Tenth Prize - Limited Edition Aviation Print by JP Santiago "Varig"

Physician, father, and total #AvGeek JP Santiago (aka the Sentinel Chicken) has graciously contributed four of his limited-edition aircraft prints to the PilotsTogether charity raffle. His museum-quality archival prints represent some of the most iconic aircraft and airlines throughout history and are featured in many aviation-themed collections around the world.

This image is the Varig Brasil Boeing 707-320C PP-VJS – Varig’s 1970s intercontinental fleet was built on the Boeing 707 to serve their premier routes to the United States and Europe. The 707-320C Combis were particularly flexible and served Varig well into the 1980s, even after the DC-10 became the primary long-haul airliner for the airline.

The winner is Andrew Walling with 15248-RafflC-2020-297

Raffle D – ‘The Top Gun Draw’

‘Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full’ … full of prizes! Last but definitely not least, this raffle is huge. The final raffle features some amazing and unique ‘money can’t buy’ prizes. Be one of the very few members of public to get access to Heathrow’s air traffic control tower and gain an understanding of how the highly skilled and trained controllers manage up to 100 arrivals and departures per hour. For those who love to travel, enjoy an all-expense paid day in Europe with world leading travel expert Gilbert Ott, or for those looking for a little piece of history, give yourself the chance to win a print from the final British Airways 747 flight.

First Prize - 747-400 Simulator Experience

Get in the pilot seat and be guided through flying the 747-400 by Scott Bateman/Lyndsay McGregor.

No experience required as the team takes you through a simulator session in a multi-million pound simulator at the British Airways Learning Academy at London Heathrow Airport.

You will be met and hosted by one of the PilotsTogether Trustee Team who is a pilot themselves and the day will start with the formalities.

You will then go into a briefing with your simulator pilot instructor host who will explain the vagaries of the Boeing 747, Jumbo Jet, and how to get the best from your simulator session.

You may enjoy this experience exclusively or have one additional guest accompany you. They can either watch you or share the flying time in the simulator.

747 Simulator Experience

Total time for the flight experience in the simulator is 2-hours with a minimum of 5 hours being required for the entire experience.

This prize must be used within 12-months of the draw and will be subject to the prevailing operational and any social distancing or health regulations in place at the time. Date may be dictated by simulator availability.

The winner is Elizabeth Grimes with 15613-RafflD-2020-1628

Second Prize - LHR Tower Visit

Visit the Tower at Heathrow and learn how NATS is Advancing Aviation and Keeping the Skies Safe

Have you ever wondered what the view from the top of the control tower at London Heathrow Airport looks like? Would you like to visit as a privileged special guest? Now is your chance thanks to the team at NATS. You may not know NATS (http://www.nats.aero/), but if you’ve ever flown through UK airspace, NATS has ensured your journey was tracked, efficient, and safe.

NATS is the UK’s main air traffic control service. In 2019 they handled 2.6 million flights carrying 250 million passengers in UK airspace. In addition to providing services to 14 UK airports, and managing all upper airspace in the UK, NATS does work around the world spanning Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The lucky winner and a guest will be given inside access and a fully-guided tour of the Heathrow tower to see how air traffic control and airport operations are conducted and get a striking view of the airport and greater London (on a clear day). The winner will also get to see a restricted access room within the base of the Heathrow tower that houses a brand-new state-of-the-art digital tower research laboratory. Launched by NATS and Searidge Technologies, this digital tower research and development programme is designed to improve efficiency, weather resilience, and contingency operations at the world’s busiest airports.

    • The winner must be over 18 years of age, or at least 16 and accompanied by an adult.
    • All must hold government issued photographic ID.
    • Winner will consent to being searched as part of gaining access to the NATS Tower.
    • NATS or partners reserve the right to refuse access if the winner cannot meet the access and security requirements for the site.
    • Transportation to/from Heathrow is solely the responsibility of the winner. NATS and PilotsTogether will not reimburse any costs incurred.
    • Winner agrees to having their name released and photos taken during the visit to be posted on social media and other public platforms by both NATS and PilotsTogether.
    • The date of the visit will be mutually arranged between the winner and the team at NATS.
    • There is no alternative prize and if a mutually agreeable date cannot be found within 4-months then neither NATS nor PilotsTogether will be obligated to provide an opportunity beyond this.

The winner is Mark Fordham with 22950-RafflD-2020-2060

Third Prize - Spend a Day in Europe with GodSaveThePoints

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be whisked away for the day to a secret European destination by an international man of mystery? Now you can find out. Gilbert Ott may not be James Bond, but he is often mistaken for him.

Gilbert is one of the world’s leading travel experts. His adventures take him around the world and his travel exploits are regularly featured in news outlets across the globe. Obsessed with deals, destinations and luxury travel – Ott is constantly in search of an edge and shares every travel trick with his loyal followers on GodSaveThePoints.com.

Gilbert has graciously offered his support to PilotsTogether and one of the prizes he has provided is a “Day in Europe with Gilbert.” The winner will meet Gilbert at London Heathrow Airport with passport in hand for an all-expenses paid day trip to a European city of Gilbert’s choosing. The lucky winner and Gilbert will explore the city, have a fantastic lunch, and discuss travel tips, best practices for earning and redeeming loyalty points, and more.

The winner is responsible for having a valid passport, getting themselves to/from London Heathrow Airport, and must be over the age of 18.

The winner is John Griffiths with 23380-RafflD-2020-2090

Fourth Prize - Signed Copy of An Officer, Not a Gentleman by Mandy Hickson

“MANDY, BREAK RIGHT…” Jacko’s urgent scream shatters my bubble of bliss like a balloon exploding. My right hand slams the stick across and we tip over sideways, like a hard right turn on a roller coaster. I tense my stomach muscles to accept the punch in the guts from the g-suit, which clamps my legs tight to force the blood to my brain and stop me from blacking out.

Find out about Mandy’s incredible journey to become one of the UK’s first female, fast-jet pilots and how she overcame many obstacles to develop the skills to succeed in such a demanding career.

Signed by the author.

The winner is Paul Carr with 15745-RafflD-2020-1725

Fifth Prize - 747 print flown on the last BA flights from LHR

Details to follow

The winner is Anthony Morley with 40567-RafflD-2020-2754

Sixth Prize - Limited Edition Graphics856 Print

Our limited-edition print by Chris Burns from Graphic856.com is from a photograph taken by renowned aviation photographer and pilot James Dinsdale.

In the print, British Airways’ Boeing 747-436 G-CIVF is seen touching down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 18 January 2020 as BA283 from London Heathrow after a flight time of 11:03.

G-CIVF (MSN 25434, Line Number 1058) first flew on 22 March 1995 and was delivered to British Airways on 29 March 1995. As of 25 October 2020, the aircraft is stored at Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY).

Graphic 856 is the studio created by Chris Burns, an artist and illustrator living and working in Hertfordshire. He has a passion for Graphic Art and in particular, Digital Illustration. His style is minimalist, celebrating essential features and details of his chosen subjects. Graphic shapes and bold colours are layered to create unique views and iconic subjects. Currently he is focusing on travel and airlines. He says, “I have a passion to create pieces that will transport you somewhere, evoke memories and bring the viewer joy. I do what I do because I love it.”

You can see more of Chris’ work on the Graphic856 website or on Instagram at @graphic_856

The image shown here is an in-progress view of the print. We will post an image of the final print as soon as it is completed. We appreciate the efforts and donations from both Chris and James.

The winner is Andrew Fennemore with 38078-RafflD-2020-2372

Seventh Prize - Private Tour of the Historic London Croydon Airport

A private behind-the-scenes tour for up to five people of the Historic London Croydon Airport. Hosted by the Curator of the museum, your visit includes a guided tour through the historic building and an exclusive visit to the museum located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower.

Duration approx. 1.5- 2 hours.

Donated by the Historic Croydon Airport Trust.

https://www.historiccroydonairport.org.uk

The winner is Tony Maxwell with 17978-RafflD-2020-2001

Eighth Prize - FR24 Gold Subscription

Get the VIP treatment with a Gold membership for this most popular of aircraft monitoring APPs. This is a Gold Membership from FR24 for an entire year to be taken when you wish. This can start immediately or wait until your current membership expires and upgrade.

We are hugely grateful to FR24 for donating three of these packages for our raffle.

The winner is Greg Sugden with 15197-RafflD-2020-1400

Ninth Prize - Full Sized Personalised Cockpit Poster Set

This 100% scale three poster cockpit set courtesy of Flightvectors.com is a great prize for aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Their cockpit posters are easy to understand – clearly presented in the way you would see them whilst seated in the flight deck, with the important details popping off the page.

They are printed on heavyweight satin photo paper using an 8 colour 2400dpi process. Complete with a clear satin vinyl laminate finish, they are so detailed and 3D photo-realistic you can see how it feels.

The prize winner will get to choose from the selection of 100% sized posters available at the Flightvectors website. They manufacture products for all Boeings and Airbuses, plus most Bombardier, Embraer and ATR aeroplanes together with many popular business and light aircraft.

As an additional bonus, choose to make your set unique with a personalised aircraft registration.

The winner is Katherine Young with 15202-RafflD-2020-1406

Tenth Prize - Limited Edition Aviation Print by JP Santiago "TWA"

Physician, father, and total #AvGeek JP Santiago (aka the Sentinel Chicken) has graciously contributed four of his limited-edition aircraft prints to the PilotsTogether charity raffle. His museum-quality archival prints represent some of the most iconic aircraft and airlines throughout history and are featured in many aviation-themed collections around the world.

This image is the Trans World Airlines Boeing 747SP N57202 – TWA planned an ambitious long-range expansion to connect the Middle East to the United States using the Boeing 747SP. However, the route authorities to the Middle East fell through and the SPs were used mostly on TWA’s transcontinental and trans-Atlantic routes. These aircraft were odd ducks given that the airline standardized on the 747-100/200 and the Lockheed Tristar.

The winner is Thomas McGivern with 40518-RafflD-2020-2683

For a list of all winners please see this page
For our raffle terms & conditions please consult this page

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