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Air display and aerobatic pilot and occasional Pilot contributor Lauren Richardson has become the first-ever ‘Light Aircraft Association Ambassador’, charged with communicating the LAA’S message of ‘flying for fun’ to a wider audience. Lauren, who displays a Pitts Special that is operated on an LAA Permit to Fly, will in addition to her airshow commitments work as a STEM ambassador in schools and promote the Association at flying clubs and LAA member events.
Lauren started to take flying lessons when she was nineteen, after saving money working as an engineering apprentice at sixteen. She has competed in aerobatic competitions and this year marks her fifth season as a professional air display pilot. “I am so excited to be taking on a role as the first-ever ambassador for the Light Aircraft Association, with the aim of encouraging more people into aviation and more aviators into the fun side of GA,” said Lauren. “We need to interest more young people in flying and the LAA can offer an affordable route to getting involved. Flying is fun and to give something back is the ultimate goal for me. Both the LAA and another key supporter, the Wings Alliance, are committed to bringing more young people into engineering and aviation. Who knows, maybe one or two who never even thought about science or technology or maths as career paths will be the next world-changers, researchers and engineers or pilots? It’s an incredible privilege to perhaps influence someone else to do truly amazing things.”
“Lauren combines being a qualified professional engineer with outstanding flying skills,” says LAA Chief Executive Officer and fellow Pilot writer Steve Slater. “But it is her commitment to sharing her passion for flying which really sets her apart. We’ve got an exciting year ahead of us as we reach out both to new, younger members and reinvigorate the enthusiasm of our regulars. Lauren is the first of a small number of ambassadors who will help us achieve those aims.”