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.
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