Flight Crowd announced this week, it has been cho­sen as a recip­i­ent of the “Reach for the Sky Chal­lenge Fund”, organ­ised by the Depart­ment for Trans­port (DfT) and UK Civ­il Avi­a­tion Author­i­ty (CAA), reports a press release. The pur­pose of the Chal­lenge is to improve inclu­sion, diver­si­ty, and career oppor­tu­ni­ties with­in Avi­a­tion and attract under-rep­re­sent­ed groups to careers in Aero­space. 

The release says, “Flight Crowd has designed a ‘Pro­pel into Future Flight’ nation­al pro­gram, set to empow­er young peo­ple aged 14–18 to pur­sue a career in Sus­tain­able Avi­a­tion. The ini­tia­tive will expose young peo­ple from across the UK to the Elec­tric Flight indus­try, help­ing devel­op the future work­force through a range of inter­ac­tive work­shops and infor­ma­tive indus­try-led ses­sions.”

It goes on, “The pro­gram will ensure par­tic­i­pants devel­op mul­ti­ple tech­ni­cal and inter­per­son­al skills, prepar­ing them to make a real dif­fer­ence in their Avi­a­tion careers.”

The ‘Pro­pel into Future Flight’ ini­tia­tive chal­lenges indi­vid­u­als to design and present an elec­tric air­craft solu­tion, devel­op­ing prob­lem-solv­ing, com­put­er mod­el­ling and team-work­ing skills. This pro­gram is to pro­vide stu­dents with a broad range of inter­ests and back­grounds, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence drone fly­ing, par­tic­i­pate in an ‘assess­ment cen­tre’ style task on future air traf­fic man­age­ment, tai­lor their CVs, and learn from lead­ing Air Mobil­i­ty experts.

UK Trans­port Sec­re­tary, Mark Harp­er, com­ment­ed, “Inno­va­tion pro­pels Avi­a­tion and for it to face up to tomorrow’s chal­lenges, it needs an open and diverse work­force that can bring fresh ideas and ways of work­ing. Our Reach for the Sky Chal­lenge Fund recip­i­ents will be key to that, inspir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion into the sec­tor and help­ing to build an Avi­a­tion work­force fit for the future.” 

Mariya Tara­banovs­ka

Mariya Tara­banovs­ka, Founder of Flight Crowd, added, “Togeth­er, we will build on our pre­vi­ous suc­cess­es, and deliv­er a pro­gram that will see indi­vid­u­als across the UK gain valu­able skills and explore career paths in Air Mobil­i­ty.”


Flight Crowd is a not-for-prof­it glob­al com­mu­ni­ty set to inform, engage and inspire the pub­lic on the Future of Flight. By engag­ing with peo­ple from diverse back­grounds, abil­i­ties and edu­ca­tion lev­els, the group aims to empow­er com­mu­ni­ties and increase employ­a­bil­i­ty with­in the Future Flight sec­tor.

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