Created in 2008, “Wings for Science” is a unique initiative offering non-profit flight hours to local research projects in remote areas across the globe. The project’s activities have so far contributed to PhD theses, publications and new understanding in various fields from oceanography and volcanology, to archaeology. Between 2012 and 2013, via 15 different research projects, the Wings for Science team went around the world with the microlight pipistrel Virus SW aircraft.
From March 2016, the project will push the concept forward, and will be providing support to 18 projects, on a journey across the globe, awarding 5-15 flight hours onboard an amphibious microlight Super Petrel LS. 6 projects have already been selected following the first call for proposals, which have set out a preliminary routing for the flights. 12 additional projects will be selected within 2000km radius of the route planned. Click here to see the planned route.
To submit a project proposal and benefit from up to 15 non-profit flying hours (landing fees and fuel is however not included), please provide:
- a short description of your project
- contact of the reference scientist
- Description of aerial support request, presentation of the scientific question you intend to address with the flights, and possible outcome and envisioned publications (less than a page)