The baron against snow topped mountains

Flying With Diabetes (FWD) aims to inspire & advocate positive messages about living & flying with diabetes. We do this by carrying out exciting aviation speed records, organizing FWD Days & FWD Weekends at aviation museums and airfields for children, adults and families with insulin-treated diabetes. All activities raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

2015 Events

The following events are taking place in 2015:

  1. 2 May - Flypast at Children With Diabetes Camp, Cotswolds.
  2. 8 July - Talk at Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Conference; Orlando.
  3. 9 August - Flypast at East of England Type 1 Diabetes Youth Camp; Norfolk
  4. 22 August - Pilots With Diabetes Fly-In/Gathering; White Waltham Airfield.
  5. 23 August - Flypast of JDRF fund-raising climb up Ben Nevis.
  6. 13 September - Flypast at Falkirk JDRF Walk to Cure fund-raising event.
  7. 18 - 20 September - Diabetes Formation Flight USA; Mid-West USA project with 4 + aircraft.
  8. 27 September - Flypast at Aberdeen JDRF Walk to Cure fund-raising event.
  9. 4 October - Flypast at Type 1 Diabetes Day at Wyboston Watersports Centre.
  10. 7 November - Flying With Diabetes Day
  11. 8 November - Flypast at Diabetes Wellness & Research Foundation Meeting, Stratford.


Flying With Diabetes Day 2015

The 2015 Flying With Diabetes Day is on 7th November at Duxford Imperial War Museum - an inspirational and educational day for children and adults with type 1 diabetes. Details and registration can be found at: Community Events / Flying with diabetes day.

We have a great line-up of speakers with type 1 diabetes - Karl Beetson and Ian Cuddihy on flying activities, Pete Davis, who recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro after almost 60 years of diabetes, Melissa Ford Holloway on pregnancy and type 1 diabetes, Gavin Griffiths on DiAthlete endurance sports including ultramarathons, JDRF on latest and future diabetes research developments, and finally Gary Mabbutt on his amazing international and professional football career. If you can join us we look forward to seeing you there!


Pilots With Diabetes Fly-In/Gathering – 22 August 2015 at 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at White Waltham Airfield

We are holding an inaugural annual Pilots With Diabetes Fly-In/Gathering at White Waltham Airfield ( at 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 22 August 2015.

The aim is for a sociable meeting for pilots with diabetes with updates and discussions on the latest regulatory environment over lunch, plus formation flights by those with existing experience, with passenger seat availability, plus aerobatic flights for those able to, also with passenger seat availability.

We will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the room adjacent to the West London Aero Club restaurant and bar; formation flight at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., and further formation/aerobatic flights between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

If the weather is not good enough to fly-in, we will still hold a meeting/gathering over lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch/refreshments can be ordered at the bar - if you can make it, we very much look forward to seeing you there; if coming from Europe, White Waltham is c. 25 minutes by taxi from Heathrow (Taxi +44 (0)1895 247247).

If you haven’t indicated intentions to join us, please contact – thanks!