#YouHaveControl Learning to fly is not just for the able-bodied or for the wealthy. As with most other sports, flying enthusiasts come from all walks of life. Flying also opens up new employment opportunities. Flying an aeroplane is empowering: people feel free, liberated from their disability with nothing to hold them back. There are no differences between disabled pilots and able-bodied pilots. In the air, everyone is equal.
Freedom in the Air (FITA), in partnership with Phab, is proud to announce a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) scholarship to be awarded in 2015. Generous Funding for this joint programme has been provided by The Florian Charitable Trust. The aim is to support a young disabled person to realise their full potential through the pleasure and thrill of flying. The funding will be used to pay for 50 hours of dual flight instruction in a Piper PA28 fitted with hand controls; classroom ground school at CATS Aviation Training, written exams, and accommodation close to Elstree. The scholarship will take place at FITA’s new base with Flight Training London at Elstree Aerodrome, 30 minutes from Central London.
Kathy Hancock, who experienced her first flying lesson during a Freedom Wings day, said “You leave the wheelchair on the ground and you just carry on…no restrictions, wow, its freedom!”