What has aviation got to do with the Lake District you might ask? Lots and lots is the answer. One of the UK’s very first flying schools was based on Windermere before World War I and during WWII, giant Sunderland flying boats were actually built on the shores of Windermere at White Cross Bay – where the equally giant slipway is still visible and well-used. My involvement took place in 1984 when I flew my Puma helicopter into Wasdale and landed to help Geoff Putnam, the boss of the Eskdale Outward Bound School, and his team of volunteers. (1984 was the first year that we started collecting funds for the Air Ambulance Service). Between us, we positioned the brand new and quite large Mountain Rescue Box (containing a stretcher and survival equipment and stores) onto Mickledore – the col between Scafell and Scafell Pike. Today, nearly 30 years later, it is still there and still saving lives. Only a few months ago, the Eskdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) were called out in bad weather to search for two missing climbers and found them – actually sheltering inside the Mountain Rescue Box! Once we had positioned the box, we flew everyone back to the Outward Bound School, landed on the lawn and had tea. It was a bit of a home-coming for me since I had done my 30 day stint at that very School in 1969 – something that every young man and woman should complete. Very character building! This new book is being published to raise awareness and support all the charities that keep us all safe in the Lake District – the Great North Air Ambulance Service, the MRTS in Patterdale, Eskdale and Ambleside – click here to see more and finally, the Outward Bound Trust itself which is a charity.