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  • Airbus Broughton

    HorizonsCommunity Review2016

    Proud of our historyAirbus celebrates its heritage at the Broughton site. Page 4 and 5

    Preparing for a new phaseFind out how Airbus employees are getting ready for the future. Page 3

    Flying in to helpResponding to emergencies around the world. Page 8

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    2015a busy year

    Airbus employee Andy Edwards has lived with a stammer all his life. Five years ago he realised the time had come to do something about it. Andy, a team coordinator, said: Stammering is a hidden thing. People dont talk about it which makes you feel isolated and the stammer is just the small bit above the water. Most people dont see the massive emotional iceberg below.

    Andy searched online and found details of a speech therapy course called the Starfish Programme.

    I went there and learned a breathing technique to control my stammer and challenge it head on. Its not a cure. I have to attend refresher courses and work on it all the time, but it has made a huge difference. When I use the technique, I sound quite fluent and my confidence has gone right up, he said.

    I cant believe the change in my speech and more than that the change in my attitude and my mindset towards my speech.

    I cant believe the change in my speech and more than that the change in my attitude and my mindset towards my speech. Its the little things that matter most getting involved in conversations at work, ordering for myself, and my family.

    During 2015 Airbus employees are proud to haveReached more than 150,000 young people through STEM* activities

    Raised more than 150,000 for local charities

    Supported more than 12,000 young people with employability skills

    Hosted more than 1,500 community visitors

    Inspired 1,240 girls in STEM activities

    Hosted 880 work experience days

    Supported more than 400 industrial cadets

    Engaged with more than 400 teachers at placement events

    Regularly read to 120 Primary School children

    Run more than 100 fundraising events for charity

    Supported almost 100 local community projects

    Attended 50 careers events

    Hosted 27 school /university visits to Airbus sites

    The Vampire was built in 1953 and saw service with the RAF before coming to Broughton in 1964 after a crash. For many years it was used as a training tool for apprentices.

    In 1986, it was given to the local air training cadets (ATC) squadron 2247 Hawarden, where it was displayed as a gate guardian at their headquarters. Over the years, exposed to the elements, its condition had deteriorated.

    Darrens daughter Rhiannon was an ATC corporal and volunteered her father for the role of restorer.

    Darren obtained technical information from the Ministry of Defence and the original paint scheme was established using heritage photographs and even Airfixkits.

    The first task was to strip off all the old paintwork. Working before and after his shifts, and at weekends, Darren used wet and dry paper and rubbing blocks to scour away the material.

    Unfortunately much of the old timber in the fuselage had rotted, so this had to be removed and repaired before painting could start.

    Cover PictureThe first wing for the -1000, the new version of the Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) jetliner is pictured being loaded onto the Beluga carrier aircraft. The wing was flown to Bremen in Germany for further work, before being fitted to the body of the aeroplane.

    Darren Coleman, right, with the Vampire jet hes been restoring and Flight Lieutenant Dave Horabin, RAF Air Cadets, Hawarden Squadron.

    JanuaryAirbus security team at Broughton carried out a road safety campaign to encourage safe practices and make road users aware of the extra hazards caused by bad weather and longer nights. As well as drivers, 46 pedestrians and cyclists were advised on the importance of wearing hi-visibility or reflective clothing during the dark winter months.

    FebruaryStudents from local schools attended a Theory of Flight event organised and run by Airbus with Chester Zoo. Arepresentative from the zoo talked about flight in the animal kingdom and the young visitors were given a tour of the factory to see how mechanical wings are made.

    MarchA team from A380 wing manufacturing raised 1,400 for the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester hospital special care baby unit by organising a fund-raising golf day. The charity was particularly close to the teams hearts because one of their members had personal experience of the hospital after his son was born prematurely.

    AprilPlayers from St Anthonys Primary School, Saltney, celebrated after competing in, and winning the first ever Airbus Community Cup interschool football tournament. Teams from 10 primary schools in Flintshire and Cheshire competed in the event; it was a great success and they were all winners!

    May Historian Elizabeth Hall visited Broughton in her 1935 Singer Le Mans 9 sports car as part of a Where they Served journey around the UK encompassing all 60 UK airfields where her pilot father landed his aircraft during the Second World War. She was raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    JuneA courageous group of 20volunteers walked 29 miles more than a marathon through wind and heat to raise money for charity. The team, comprising Early Careers managers, apprentices and Recruitment and Marketing employees walked 29 miles from Rhyl to Chester. In 10 and a half hours, they raised 1,850 for Charity Challenge partner charity Hospice UK.

    JulyAirbus apprentices won a competition to design an aircraft using a flight simulator. The team constructed a virtual model of a glider which was flown in the simulator by test pilot Dave Southwood. He said afterwards he was impressed by the realistic feel of the simulator.

    *Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

    Darren restores classic aircraft forcadetsAirbus employee Darren Coleman has restored a classic TII Vampire jet almost single handed.

    Andys colleagues in the Long Range Equipping part of the business have supported him. He was granted time off to attend the Starfish refresher courses.

    Communication is a key factor in every aspect of life, particularly at work here at Airbus, said Andy. Now I will talk to anyone about my stammer because it helps me to open up and let people know.

    Andys manager Phil Shorten said: Hes a popular, hard-working and highly professional member of the team and his improved levels of communication not only benefit Andy as an individual, but also benefits us as a business so it really is a win:win for everyone.

    Andy has since held workshops for other stammer sufferers at Airbus to share the knowledge and techniques that he has developed from attending the Starfish Programme.

    Helping Andy find his voice

    The paint for the project was donated by Airbus suppliers Akzo Noble. Spraying was out of the question for environmental reasons, so all the paintwork was painstakingly done by hand using brushes and rollers.

    The original serial numbers and markings were applied using traditional methods to make the finish as authentic as possible. The work has taken a year, and the finished product is spectacular.

    I enjoyed all of it, said Darren. Its been a lot of work but its very satisfying to see the result and I hope the Vampire will be on display now for many years to come.

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    Apprentices safety driveAirbus apprentices were given tuition in how to stay safe on theroads, and how to make sure other road users aresafe too.The second and third year apprentices completed a three-hour theory course delivered at the site by Wrexham County Councils road safety team.

    After theyd successfully negotiated the theory, they had the chance to put some of what theyd learned into practice with some practical work behind the wheel.

    Early careers manager Darren Collins explained that the participants would now go on to gain driving experience with a registered tutor en route to achieving their Pass Plus accreditation.

    The aim of the initiative is to help the apprentices improve their driving skills to keep them safe on the roads, said Darren.

    The course is informative and interesting and if we helpprevent even one accident then weve achieved ourgoal.

    Industrial cadets boost Girl Power!Girls from schools across North Wales visited Airbus to take part in the hugelypopular Industrial Cadets accredited project.Students from six schools took part in an exciting programme, working with Airbus mentors to develop key skills while they gained an insight into the world of work.

    The initiative culminated in a graduation day when the teams presented their projects and received awards. Each participant achieved the nationally recognised Bronze level Industrial Cadets status.

    Overall winners and pupils choice champions were the Aquamarina team from Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham.

    Their project focused on an eco-bus which could help keep cars off the roads without damaging the environment. The team was mentored by Airbus Environment Manager Claire Powell.

    Kath Edwards of the Airbus Employment Marketing team said: Industrial Cadets aims to inspire more female students to study and succeed in engineering and encourage more women into careers they might previously not have considered. The cadets weve seen this year worked to such a high standard and were so creative and enthusiastic that were hoping theyll think about coming to work for Airbus in the future.

    Benjamin Attwood and the other apprentices who took part in Pass Plus Cymru Road Safety Course with instructor Graham Lloyd (right).

    Airbus Broughton site is undergoing one of the biggest changes in its history, which is good news for the company and the community.Airbus aircraft are so popular and selling so well around the world that the Single Aisle factory needs to be prepared to make record numbers of wingsets or pairs of wings, for the ever-popular A320 family aircraft.

    This is why Airbus has introduced the Step Change project. Basically, it means reorganising the factory, bringing in new equipment and making sure everything is organised and working as efficiently as possible as the company increases its production rate.

    Over the past 12 months, changes have been taking place. Some of the workforce have moved into different parts of the site, which means theres space tointroduce a better working environment and improvedfacilities.

    Teams have been looking at the processes and systems that work well, and those where theres room for improvement. Simple things like making sure the operators have all the tools they need in the right place, at the right time, and introducing new, better lighting can make a big difference.

    The management team has been working closely with the experts on the shop floor. At the heart of this process are the operators. It is a chance for them to share their expertise and experience and project it into the new industrial system.

    This long history of success is down to the people who work at Airbus and their ability to adapt in order to stay ahead.

    Brian Hales is leading the project. He said: TheBroughton site is a world leader in industrial manufacturing. This long history of success is down to the people who work at Airbus and their ability to adapt in order to stay ahead.

    Over the last two years teams from all departments have been working together to introduce the latest technology, to increase efficiency and reduce costs in order to ensure that we stay number one in our field.

    Welcome to Horizons 2016, Airbus community magazine.75 years of Pride

    What an amazing 12 months weve had at Broughton! 2015 marked the 75thanniversary of aviation at the site and was one of the busiest and most eventful years in its history.

    You may have seen the BBC Wales documentary, The Flying Engineer presented by Carol Vorderman, that was a key part of the celebrations and you can read about this, and more, in the centre pages.

    Its also been a monumental time for our 6,000 employees as we prepare to enter one of the busiest phases ever, ramping up to build even more wings for more aircraft across our programmes.

    Away from the manufacturing and engineering side of things, our charity, education, environment and community teams have been as busy as always in Wales and the North West. Were so proud of whats been achieved and we hope youll enjoy reading about some of the activities.

    On behalf of everyone at Airbus Broughton, Id like to wish you a healthy and happy 2016.

    Paul McKinlay Head of Broughton Plant

    Broughton site prepares for new phase

    AugustEmployees have been supporting Flintshire Foodbank throughout the year. They collected dozens of chocolate eggs at Easter and in the intervening period have been organising food collections to pass on to the charity.

    SeptemberAn estimated 30,000 visitors toured Airbus Broughton site during its 75th anniversary celebrations. The families and friends of employees, local residents and visitors from the wider community came to enjoy the day. The factories and other facilities were open so people could find out about the work that takes place at Airbus andhow the complex operations are managed.

    OctoberHundreds of people flocked to the annual Daniel Owen Festival in Mold to commemorate the official opening of the newly redeveloped Daniel Owen Square. One of the highlights was the burial of a time capsule, made by Airbus apprentices using a decommissioned titanium component from an A380 wing and filled with memorabilia.

    NovemberAirbus employee Tom Jones was inspired to write a poem following a visit to the East Factory by Wellington bomber pilot Ron Cooper to see where the planes were made. Tomwrote a moving tribute in honour of Mr Cooper and they spent Remembrance Sunday together at RAF Cosford, remembering thefallen.

    December A host of events took place during Disability Awareness Week. Diversity and Inclusion Manager Sally Palet wants to encourage people to increase their awareness and understanding of disability in the workplace. Its a subject that affects one in three people in the UK.

    Step Change Project team: from left, David Roberts, Liam Griffiths and Fabien Lavergne study the plans.

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    75years onwards

    Proud ofour history!

    During its 75th year in September 2015 Airbus celebrated its history and the heritage ofthe Broughton site.It was a fantastic year for the company, the employees and friends of the site.With a record order book for Airbus aircraft, theres plenty of work building wings at Broughton for at least the nextten years.

    Teams have been upgrading the facilities and factories, improving the working environment and making sure employees have the best possible tools and equipment.

    Everyone at Airbus is proud of the work that takes place at the site and success that is built on strong foundations of quality, excellence and a passion for aircraft andaviation.

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary, a series of special events and activities were held.

    The biggest and best of these was in September, when the gates were opened to 30,000 visitors for a special open day. This marked the climax of the celebrations and was a chance to engage with the local community.

    Everyone had a chance to look round the site, to find out what goes on in the factories, to enjoy a host of exciting entertainment and displays and to get up close to the North Wests favourite aircraft the Beluga!

    Earlier in the year, as part of the celebrations, Airbus was brought into focus for millions of television viewers as the subject of a BBC Wales documentary presented by aviation enthusiast Carol Vorderman. Called The Flying Engineer, it looked at different aspects of the site and its work, and Carol was one of the first people to fly on the beautiful, brand new aircraft the A350 XWB.

    The wider community also enjoyed artistic and cultural events ranging from photographic exhibitions to swing dances.

    And whilst all this has been going on, the workforce has been busier than ever building the wings for all Airbus amazing passenger aircraft. Manufacture of the first ever pair of wings for a new variant of the A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body), the -1000, was completed in November 2015 and the first wings left the site just before Christmas.

    Thats what happens here at Broughton. Airbus teams never stop innovating, never stop improving and developing, never stop finding ways to make the processes and products better and moreefficient.

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    What they said about Broughton:

    BBC presenter, personality and world-record attempting pilot Carol Vorderman: The people in

    Airbusare great. Everybodys very proud of working here. To produce something thats globally successful, you have to have that. I like that attitude, I like thatambition.

    Welsh Secretary of State StephenCrabb: For generations of people with a passion for technology,

    manufacturing or aerospace, Airbus has been the workplace of choice. Its an innovative and exciting place to be and plays a significant role in a hugely exciting industry.

    Nia Griffith, MP forLlanelli: World leader Airbus reminds us of the massive importance of

    manufacturing to oureconomy.

    MP for Alyn and Deeside Mark Tami: We are very lucky to have such an established global brand in Alyn and

    Deeside. It was also very refreshing to speak to Airbus apprentices who represent the future of the manufacturing industry.

    David Jones, Principal and Chief Executive Coleg Cambria: Coleg Cambria, particularly at our Deeside

    site, has a long and highly successful partnership with Airbus, and indeed many of our staff are ex-employees of Airbus. We are very proud of this relationship, the huge success of the apprenticeship scheme and the many examples of national recognition we have achieved together.

    Broughton and Bretton Community Councillor Sue Stevens: Airbus has been so supportive of the local community

    and community centre, including manning a float in the Carnival. The Twinning Association has had links with Auzeville Tolosane for 25 years as Airbus is the common factor and we have enjoyed many trips between the two groups and made many friends.

    And thats why its so important to stopevery once in a while and look back with pride at Airbus achievements.

    75 years in Broughton was celebrated with a themed 1940s evening in the Sports and Social Club. Pictured from the Communications Team are: Ieva Severinaite, Kath Hayes, Bethany Thomas-Braithwaite and Lauren Ashall

    and the next chapter of our Broughton story the first A350 XWB -1000 wing is loaded into the Beluga at the recently completed Beluga Line Station to be flown to the Airbus plant at Bremen in Germany

    Proud daughter Carol Dinsdale with the exhibition of pictures taken by her father, former Airbus photographer, Jackie Roberts, whose work was displayed at different venues in Chester and North Wales as part of the anniversary celebrations

    Mark Downes and Paula Westerside-Downes arrive in style in their Austin Big 7 car

  • Walking over hotcoals Airbus employee Paul Gallanders walked over burning coals barefoot twice for charity. Paulraised a fantastic 1,050 for the Nightingale House Hospice. Airbus is donating an extra 10% to the fund.

    Top marks for TeenTechMore than 300 students from across NorthWales and the North West found out about how exciting a career in science, technology, engineering and maths can be at the Airbus-sponsored TeenTech event at GlyndwrUniversity.

    Tenth birthday forA380In 2015, Airbus celebrated the tenth anniversary of the first flight of the A380 the worlds largest commercial aeroplane. Sincethat time more than 317 aircraft have been sold to 18 different customers and 85million passengers have travelled more than 2 million flight hours on more than 230,000flights!

    250th A320 forEasyJetCelebrations marked the delivery of the 250thA320 to easyJet. The airlines chief executive Carolyn McCall said: Thismilestone symbolises the long term andsuccessful partnership between Airbusand easyJet.

    Event recognises achievementsAirbus employees were recognised at the Recognition of Learning Awards, designed to recognise employees who have gone the extra mile in learning achievements ranging from work-based NVQs to Masters degrees.

    Steves achievements recognisedBroughton sites Trades Union (TU) chairman to the Health and Safety Committee Steve Paul has been nominated as the Wales TU Safety Representative of the Year. The nomination is a huge achievement as it covers all unions and every union-orientated workplace in Wales.


    Airbus employees have been helpingpeople in the community get JobReadyA team of employees visited Erw Groes Family Centre in Holywell to help people with their CVs and interview skills. They also gave guidance about completing online job applications and advised residents on what makes a good job application.

    Erw Groes is one of a number of Supported Living Schemes managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association providing accommodation and support to those who have experienced homelessness. Residents from three Flintshire schemes attended the session.

    Airbus employees also spoke to residents about the kind of qualities and attributes Airbus and other employers look for in interviewees and what individuals can do to make themselves stand out from the crowd.

    Airbus also donated a printer, cartridges and other items to the centre along with food that had been collected within Airbus to the residents.

    Airbus Ian Porter said: This was a fantastic opportunity to become involved and help make a difference to others within our community. The day was a rewarding experience for all and I would like to thank all the staff and residents of Erw Groes Family Centre for sharing their circumstances. This level of engagement built immediate relationships and levels of trust which supported the objective of the day.

    This was a fantastic opportunity to become involved and help make a difference to others within our community.

    Clwyd Alyn Housing Association Community Development Officer Louise Blackwell said: Wed like to say a massive thank you to all the Airbus staff who kindly volunteered their time and shared their expertise.

    Feedback from participants indicated that the session had helped increase their confidence and motivation when applying for jobs going forward.

    Protecting againstfuture floodingThe Airbus site at Broughton covers a huge area and lies in a flood plain close to the River Dee.A dedicated team works all year round to prepare and protect the site against the weather.

    In addition, the Airbus Facilities Management team always ensures flood mitigation is built in to every new development.

    Environment Manager Claire Powell explained that historically rainwater has been managed by making sure itflows off site and into the river without affecting any other party or neighbour. It is directed via a series of ditches and drains. Water is held in balancing lagoons which slow theflow into the river after heavy rain and mimic the naturalenvironment.

    The ditches are routinely cleared to ensure theres no build-up of water and drains and gutters are maintained so water can run off after heavy rain. When theres a new development, a drainage system is designed to deal with events such as the heaviest predicted rainfall. An example of this is the West Factory where all the rainwater is

    pumped directly to the River Dee and during high rainfall excess water is also pumped from the local brook via the Airbus system.

    Claire said: Airbus recognises the flood risk potential of the site and were ensuring the systems we put in now dont cause a problem for the water catchment. We mimic what would happen in normal greenfield environment. Water moves more quickly over concrete than it does over a natural environment, like grass, but the lagoons ensure the drainage flow is the same.

    We mimic what would happen in a normal greenfield environment.

    Natural Resources Wales is the largest Welsh Government sponsored body and works closely with Airbus to ensure water is managed in the most efficient and environmentally-responsible way.

    Helping hands to get back to work

    Airbus employees with residents and staff during one of the Job Ready sessions.

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    A life spent caring for endangered animalsWorld-famous conservationist TonyFitzjohn paid a visit to Airbus Broughton site during a recent trip tothe UK.He met and talked to employees about his work, and about why the Airbus-sponsored aircraft he flies is so important to his work protecting critically endangered wildlife.

    Tony trained with George Adamson, the Born Free conservationist and worked with Adamson in Kenyas Kora National Park saving and rehabilitating orphaned and captive lions.

    He is now concentrating on the conservation of black rhinos and spotted dogs, the two species most at threat of extinction in his new home, Mkomazi Game Reserve and National Park in Tanzania. And this is where the link to Airbus comes in.

    The Park is protected as part of a partnership between Airbus and Chester Zoo. The zoo has been working with the reserve and the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to protect the black rhino from poachers. Airbus role is to sponsor a Cessna 206 aircraft, piloted by Tony, that supports the rangers who look after the animals in the reserve and alerts them to the presence of poachers.

    Mkomazi covers 36,000km square, said Tony. Thats a massive area and without an aircraft to give an aerial perspective, we wouldnt have a clue what was happening.

    Psychologically its very useful too. It means we can look out for people who shouldnt be in the park and they know were looking. It also means that I can bring tools and equipment to our men on the ground.

    Tonys understanding of Africa, the challenges facing communities and the imperative of preserving the animals and the environment, is second to none. Having lived and worked in the country for more than 40 years, he sees the bigger picture.

    Three things are important in outreach, education, education and education.

    As well as protecting the animals, he is helping rebuild the infrastructure and doing everything he can to be a good neighbour to the people who live in nearby communities.

    Three things are important in outreach, he said, education, education and education.

    During his visit to Broughton, Tony was presented with a GoPro camera to fit inside the plane. The footage he collects will be used to help protect the animals, identify potential poachers and for education.

    The sponsorship of the aircraft is part of a longstanding partnership between Airbus and Chester Zoo.

    Students visit A380factoryStudents from Maes Hyfrd school in Flint visited Airbus to see where the wings for the A380 aircraft are made. Maes Hyfrd is a specialist school for children with specific learning needs. Many of the pupils have family or friends working at Airbus.

    Rhys is star studentThird year craft apprentice Rhys Vincent has been named aeronautical student of the year at Coleg Cambria. He beat hundreds of other deserving candidates to win the award.

    Former apprentice takes top US jobDaryl Taylor, who joined Airbus as an engineering apprentice in 1989, has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Airbus newest final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. Daryl obtained his Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering at Kelsterton College which is now part of ColegCambria.

    Factory pilots greenlightingNew LED lighting is being rolled out across Airbus Broughton site. The lights are motion sensitive, so they will dim if nobody is aroundand regain their brightness when someone comes into the area. Theyare alsolight-sensitive and will adjust in brightsunlight.

    Balloon lands atAirbusA balloon released by children at Giggle Child-minding nursery school in Ripley travelled 91miles, ending up outside Airbus West Factory where it was found by employee Wesley Rolfe. The team contacted the nursery and sent them a model of the giant A380 superjumbo to enjoy as part of their learning.

    VIP visitors to BroughtonThe Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb visited Broughton during 2015. They toured the A350 XWB factory and met apprentices, including George Hollywood wholives in Mr Osbornes Tatton constituency.


    Community helped by Airbus awardsThe invaluable contributions made byvolunteers to their communities were celebrated by the first ever AirbusCommunity Awards.Working with The Leader newspaper, the awards were initiated by Airbus as part of Broughtons 75th anniversary celebrations to help acknowledge the integral role Airbus plays in the wider community.

    Community Relations Manager Kath Hayes said: For three quarters of a century the aircraft factory at Broughton has been an absolute central hub of this part of North Wales. Most people know somebody who works here and our employees support a huge number of charities and goodcauses.

    They volunteer in their free time, they fundraise, they are involved with youth, environment and educational projects, the community initiatives they support are diverse, established and far reaching.

    The anniversary year seemed a great opportunity to launch a new initiative and it has been very well received!

    The Leader asked its readers to nominate worthy charities and community groups.

    Pictured: Airbus Paul McKinlay and The Leaders Associate Editor Su Perry present first place winning award to Eve Tilston and Diane Porter of Clwyd Special Riding Centre

    Nominations were shortlisted by a combination of representatives from Airbus and The Leader after which a public vote was held to choose the favourite causes with 10 groups from across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester sharing cash prizes totalling 10,000.

    Clwyd Special Riding Centre, based in Llanfynydd, received the highest public vote and was awarded the top prize of 3,500.

    The initiative was so successful that weve decided to do the same again this year!

    So put your thinking caps on and get ready to nominate your favourite good cause. Look out for more information coming soon in The Leader. This is a great opportunity to really make a difference, and we cant wait to be there with you!


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    FREE PRIZE DRAW!We have four annual passes for Chester Zoo including lunch and a Meet the Keeper experience upfor grabs inour free draw!Wed love to know what you think of us. Horizons is our way of letting you know what were doing, but communication is a two-way process and we want to hear from you tooWe are proud of our heritage and were committed to being a responsible and active part of the community, forging strong links with our neighbours and with local schools, colleges and charities. We want to do the best we can and thats why we need you to tell us what you think of us.

    Please send us your comments on what you think about Airbus, its products or its Broughton operations, in 50 words or less, along with your contact details. Well then enter you into a free draw to win two of four annual passes to Chester Zoo including lunch and a meet the keeper experience for the two winners and up to two additional family members.

    Two winners will be chosen at random and notified by Monday 4 April.

    Send your feedback to us, one entry per household, by Friday 25 March via email to:

    [email protected] or by post to FREEPOST AIRBUS UK.

    If youd like to be entered into our competition, dont forget to include your full name, date of birth, address, contact telephone number and an email address if you have one. Please also let us know how you would prefer to be contacted if you win.

    We appreciate all your comments because they help us understand how we are perceived in the community. Unfortunately it wont be possible for us to respond individually to every comment we receive.

    We look forward tohearing from you!Terms and conditions apply. For full details, please send apre-addressed envelope to FREEPOST AIRBUS UK.

    Its been an action-packed twelve months of fundraising at Airbus.A host of different charities are helped every year by employees, but every two years Airbus in the UK teams up with a specific partner charity.

    At the present time, employees are pulling out all the stops to support partner charity Hospice UK.

    Airbus employees have been coming up with some fantastic ways of raising money for the charity. As well as the old favourites, such as sponsored cake sales and sports challenges, theyve been coming up with ingenious newideas.

    Broughtons Charity Challenge coordinator Debbie Crawford said: Our colleagues have done an incredible job this year!

    Theyve run marathons, climbed mountains, cycled thousands of miles, grown moustaches, shaved their heads, dressed up, dived out of aeroplanes, organised race nights and ridden the worlds fastest zipwire in Snowdonia.

    At the time of writing, the total raised for charities so far this year across both Airbus sites in the UK is more than 150,000 around half of this was raised by Airbus employees at Broughton and there are still a couple of high profile events in the pipeline.

    Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care, championing and supporting the work of more than 200 hospices across the country through campaign

    and policy work, grants programmes and fundraising. Thepartnership will help Hospice UK to continue their vital work as well as directly benefiting four hospices in North Wales and the North West.

    Debbie said: This is a wonderful charity. So many of us know people who have been helped by a hospice and the work they do is invaluable.

    Every year more than 120,000 adults, children, babies and their families are cared for by their local hospice.

    Care is provided free to patients either at home, in the hospice or in the local community for as long as it is needed.

    The Airbus Foundation was founded in 2008 and since that time has carried out more than 46 humanitarian flights and delivered more than 630 tonnes of essential aid. As well as its humanitarian programme, more than 1,000 13-17 year olds have participated in its Flying Challenge programme which, run in partnership with the charity United Way, seeks to inspire young people to continue towards higher education through a weekly mentoring programme including University students and Airbus employees.

    The Foundation was expanded one year ago and now includes all divisions of the Airbus Group, meaning that in addition to providing Airbus aircraft to assist in humanitarian emergencies, the Foundation has access to helicopters (through the Airbus Helicopters Foundation), shelters and advanced communication services as well as the combined expertise of many more employees.

    For example, after the huge earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, the Foundation coordinated resources to organise relief flights using delivery aircraft and helicopters and used satellite imagery to assess the extent of the damage. During the same month, a helicopter transported search and rescue personnel to Chiles

    Atacama Desert after flooding and landslides. Relief flights also brought aid to Manila in the Philippines in March, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan and to Malawi, one month earlier, after Cyclone Bansi. In November, a mobile rescue station was donated to the German Red Cross in Feldkirchen, Bavaria, to provide medical treatment for a community of 5,000 refugees.

    In a bid to progress its aim of having a positive global impact, much of the Foundations work is carried out in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This partnership was recently strengthened through a memorandum of understanding signed between Airbus and the IFRC on 17 November 2015. Covering all divisions of Airbus Group, this means that Airbus will provide product and service support to the IFRC and its national societies in times of natural disasters and crises, brokering services with customers and operators, staff exchange and training and support for innovative solutions.

    For more information go to:

    Did you know that not only does Airbus do a great deal in its local communities, supporting various projects, schools and charities, but it also has a Foundation which supports the work of humanitarian groups further afield and aims to inspire the next generation as they prepare to embrace their future.

    Flying in to help

    Helping the hospices