Posted 28/07/2019 : By: Sun Beams

We were delighted to collect the pedal bi-plane from Barry Baxter and Steve Bell at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton. The museum; a volunteered run charity contains over 60 historic aircraft and 25,000 exhibits covering civil and military aviation in East Anglia from the pioneer years, through World War 1 and 11, to the present day. Barry, Steve and their team of volunteers donated their time and skills to build the pedal plane for the children attending Sunbeams, giving the younger members the chance to enjoy physical fun, improving fine and gross motor skills, balance and co-ordination.

The plane was presented to Sunbeams during the museums fun day

The plane was originally donated through Captain Stewart Luck and the The Youth Education Branch of the Light Aircraft Association. The ‘YES Flyers’ (Youth & Education Support) are a group of aviation enthusiasts and pilots who organise and support events to help youngsters develop an interest in flying, and get them into the air.

A UK-wide group and the Youth Education branch of the Light Aircraft Association, work together with LAA Clubs, leading industry companies, local education authorities, schools and universities and many others to – educate, encourage and inspire young people to take part in all sorts of activities connected with aviation, through –

· Aircraft building projects (YES & Other Build-a-Plane projects).

· Training in meteorology, navigation and airmanship.

· Exhibits and activities for young people at aviation shows.

· Arranging talks and practical activity sessions for schools and youth groups.

· Arranging aviation activity days for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers, Girl Guides, and others.

· Production and demonstration of training equipment for navigation and radio communications.

· Maintaining an independent web-based aviation information centre for youngsters.

· Providing guidance on a future career in the varied world of aviation.