#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.
Our sister organisation Freedom in the Air (FITA), in partnership with Phab, is proud to announce a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) scholarship to be awarded in 2014. 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 45 hours of dual flight instruction; 100 hours ground school, written exams, and accommodation. The scholarship will take place at FITA’s newly purpose built accessible aeroplane production facility at Birchwood in Yorkshire which also boasts residential accommodation. FITA has partnered with Modifly to create Birchwood.
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!”
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.
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