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#YouHaveControl | The UK Royal Aeronautical Society have written one of the best features we’ve ever read about FITA. Particularly focusing on the new Freedom hand Controls for disabled pilots to fly Cessna and Piper single engine aeroplanes. But also, they are one of the first to know about the portable hand controls for multi-engine aeroplanes.
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FITA film crew was at the recent Flying Show at Birmingham’s NEC. We were invited by Swift Aircraft .As we wondered the hall, we bumped into Jez Hopkinson, lead pilot of the Yakovlevs display team. They have entertained some 35,000,000 people around the world.
Jez Hopkinson MRAeS, is the owner of the Yakovlevs Display Team and has lead the team for over 12 years. He bought his first Yak 52 in 1995 and with a couple of friends founded the European Yak Club, which quickly grew to include hundreds of members from all over Europe. He first set up the Yakovlevs display team in 1998, after buying a Yak 50. He says the Yakovlevs was a natural next step to take. Jez is also an CAA/JAR Examiner and has his own aerobatic flying school since 1995; now he is very involved with the Air Display world on a formal basis, checking show pilots competency as part of his role as a Display Authorisation Evaluator.
When he is not busy examining or running the team, he Read more →
Loop iPad is a brilliant aviation magazine. The team behind the creative content are thinking outside the box for what can be done with tech, apps but most importantly to give the reader the best experience possible. Loop have supported FITA in many ways. In the Dec issue of the magazine there is a feature about disabled pilot training. They naturally include our story in the general narrative about what disabled people can achieve through learning to fly.The article has embedded the video of our Ambassador Ade Adepitan’s first flying lesson. Sneak peak here
The first part of the feature about disabled aviation can be found in this magazine (the second part, also focusing on Read more →
FITA was at the recent UK Flying show, held at the NEC. Our host at the show was Swift Aircraft, whose stand got a lot of attention. They are showcasing the new aircraft. During the show we caught up with Martin Robinson, the CEO of AOPA UK. The hardest working aviation advocate that we know of. He’s also one the coolest people we’ve met in the UK GA sector.
We get an insight into the new thinking behind updating the PPL syllabus, the wide use of iPad and what’s happening around the world.
Support AOPA by joining. They do more then you would realise to enable us aviators to have freedom in the air..http://www.aopa.co.uk
Freedom in the Air (FITA) in partnership with Phab are proud to announce the availability of a National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) scholarship to be awarded in 2014. Generous Funding for this joint programme has been provided by The Florian Charitable Trust. The primary aim is simply to enable a young disabled person to realise their full potential through the pleasure and thrill of flying. The funding will be used to pay for 45 hours of dual flight instruction; 100 hours ground school, written exams, and accommodation. The scholarship will take place at FITA’s newly created and all inclusive and accessible aeroplane production facility at Birchwood in Yorkshire.
Spearheaded by Modifly, the unique aspect to Birchwood is that it has been designed and built applying concepts of Universal design so both able bodied and disabled people can work alongside each other and benefit from the set up. From making adapted aeroplanes to flying them, Birchwood has not only designed the production facility to be accessible but also the residential accommodation.
Phab has been in existence for 56 years and is a leading national charity committed to promoting and encouraging people with and without disabilities to take part in a wide range of activities. Phab has worked with FITA before. Their working partnership has seen what a huge difference flying can make to a person’s life. Many people with disabilities are constantly being told they won’t be able to join in or take part, and the thought of flying an aeroplane seems completely out of reach.
Learning to fly is a great way to change people’s lives, building confidence and re-igniting self-belief. For many people with disabilities, 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. If you can fly an aeroplane, then you can do anything
The Freedom Flying scholarship will be a fantastic opportunity for a young person from Phab to learn to fly in a supportive environment, to learn a new skill and gain a qualification which would benefit them throughout their lives. FITA is committed to opening horizons for people with disabilities so that they can fly higher socially, physically and professionally.
Flying is one of the few activities where Read more →
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