The day started out like any other normal day, here in rainy North Devon. The wind was howling away and the rain was lashing against the windows.
I jumped in the car at the request of Gautam Lewis, Founder and Director of Freedom in the Air (FITA).
You see, after I had a couple of exceptional flying lessons at Flight Training London (FTL), I had sent off an application for the 2015 Freedom in the air PPL scholarship. FITA wanted to work with FTL because they have a great attitude towards making aviation more inclusive and gender equal. Which is why FITA took their hand controls and expertise about teaching disabled people to fly to FTL.
The scholarship has been funded by FITA; with further funding being provided by the wonderful people at PHAB, who work tirelessly to give all sorts of amazing opportunities to people with disabilities. And for FTL to provide the flight training to me in their Piper PA28 fitted with the Vision Air hand controls..Yippeeee…!!!
Not expecting to get too far with the application, I was invited up to Elstree Aerodrome, for a interview and a flight with Gautam, to help demonstrate the hand controls used in the aircraft.
As I arrived at Elstree, I was greeted by Gautam himself, Rebecca from PHAB and Ivan and Tamsyn from the flying school. After a quick Read more →