Media release: All systems go for Aero Space Kinross as Carol Vorderman starts ‘countdown’ for Community Share Offer


EXCITEMENT has been building in Kinross in recent weeks, as plans to build a fantastic, innovative aviation, astronomy and space flight family visitor centre, Aero Space Kinross (ASK), gets under way, today, 8 May 2017 with its very first community share offer.

The ASK community share offer ‘countdown’ started on Twitter and Facebook on Friday 28 April with TV presenter, Carol Vorderman, lending her celebrity support with her video ‘countdown’ message.

Launching their first Community Share Offer with a target of £150,000, Aero Space Scientific Education Trust (ASSET) will provide the community of Kinross-Shire and beyond the opportunity to invest in Aero Space Kinross (ASK). *Investment features will include Runway and Flying Class shares with the minimum investment per person of £100 for people living in Kinross-shire, or £200 for those living outside Kinross-shire.

The brainchild of Alisdair Stewart, chair of ASK, he commented: “ASSET is a Community Benefit Society: community led, controlled and operated for the benefit of Kinross-shire and the community it serves.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for the residents of Kinross-shire and beyond that will bring huge economic, educational and tourism benefits to the area, as well as providing locals, Scots and visitors alike with an unique flight-themed science and space centre.”

Alisdair added: “A key element of our first launch is our ‘build-a-plane’ project where local Kinross school kids will have a chance to help build a real plane from a kit which will make a clear link between the project to STEM education from the outset.

“We also see this project as an inspiration for future generations with ‘flight’, STEM and leisure related careers that will act as a feeder for both the aerospace industry and educational/training establishments in the Perth and Kinross-shire area. It will also be a knowledge hub, an exciting visitor attraction and an event venue to be enjoyed by the local community and all visitors.”

The Community Share Offer is being developed with support and guidance from Community Shares Scotland. Sandra Macaskill, programme officer for Community Shares Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and innovative space flight and aviation project in Kinross.

“It will be an incredible opportunity for local communities to have a family orientated and fun education based learning centre in the heart of Kinross.

“It is a project with far-reaching benefits – inspiring many young people about space and flight technologies, creating new jobs, putting Kinross on the map and bringing an increased tourism traffic in due course to the wider area”.

Key features of the centre will include: • Science and story of flight, astronomy and space exploration • Planetarium (fully immersive, dynamic 3D content) • A/V experiences and VR flight motion simulation • Airsports showcase • Lecture Theatre – expert talks, seminars and workshops • Retail space, online shop, restaurant/coffee shop • Aviation charities showcase

Watch the video here, for more information:

Check out our ASK Community Share Offer Launch countdown website on for updates on the Launch.

The Community Share Offer opens today 8 May 2017 and will run for seven weeks, closing on 30 June 2017, or when the maximum target is reached.

The share offer will be run on a Crowdfunding platform. Those wishing to apply for shares should visit the crowdfunder site from Monday 8 May. Check it out here:

This is your chance to be a part of Aero Space Kinross – don’t miss out. For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Alisdair Stewart:


Notes for editors:

* A summary of the community share offer can be found here:

Aero Space Kinross is a wholly owned subsidiary of community benefit society, Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust. Scottish Charity No. SC045931

ASSET is a not-for-profit charity whose objectives are the advancement of education, heritage and science in relation to aviation, astronomy, technology, science and space for the public benefit.

For more information on how to support and be a part of this unique experience, go to:



For further project and community share offer information, please contact: Alisdair Stewart:

For further press information, please contact: Fiona Stewart: 07940560453

For Community Shares Scotland, please contact: Sandra Macaskill:

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