Freedom in the Air (FITA) was invited to meet with Ray Elgy, Head of Licensing and Training Standards at the UK Civil Aviation Authority – The CAA (

The CAA has recently published details of changes to the ground-based written exams taken by students training for a Private Pilot’s Licence – the (PPL).

Under the new exam schedule the number of exam papers sat by a student will increase from seven to nine. Each exam will feature between 16 and 20 questions, with a pass mark of 75 per cent. And these changes will come into force on the 1 September 2013.

Learning to fly is a way to change peoples’ 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”.

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 people with disabilities can participate to the same degree as an able-bodied person. The exhilarating experience rebuilds confidence and restores self-esteem. This, in turn, empowers people to explore their potential by extending their personal boundaries. In the air, we all fly at the same speed; nobody is disadvantaged or disabled.

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