University of Birmingham
Air Squadron


UBAS has been nationally recognised for our charitable efforts. We work closely with the West Midlands Air Ambulance and RAF Benevolent Fund, and more recently to raise money for frontline NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic. In November, UBAS students took to the streets in Birmingham selling poppies to raise money for the Royal British Legion. In 2018, UBAS won the Air Cdre Rex Waite Trophy in recognition of our charitable contribution over the year.

Dambusters Miles

Raising £50,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, UBAS organised the Dambusters Miles event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid. 19 teams of 7 'crew members' were sponsored to walk around Cosford airfield from 2128, the time of the first take off, until 0615, the time of the final landing. The event was an incredible success and for a good cause.

Royal International Air Tattoo

Each year, UBAS has a major role in helping run the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world's largest military air show, at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The air show is in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. UBAS students help run either the Patron's Pavilion, VIP Events or Hospitality Chalets, having the chance to meet many high-ranking military personnel from all over the world and important members of the aviation industry. In previous years, UBAS students have had the opportunity to attend the VIP gala dinners and aircrew challenges, try out Formula 1 simulators and get exclusive tours inside aircraft from all over the world. There is also free time to explore on show days, with access to some of the best seats in the house, and the week culminates with the notorious hangar party.