Disability innovations: If I can fly a plane, what else can I do?

Plane in the air while flying - text says "Anyone can fly"

Disability Innovations is a blog series that gathers some of the most interesting new products and services that aim to make disabled people’s lives easier. We hope it will inspire more innovation in the disability field.

What is Aerobility?

Aerobility is a charity that offers disabled people of all ages, without exception, the chance to fly an aeroplane. They offer once in a lifetime trial flying sessions for people who are disabled or terminally ill. These sessions are just £60 – making it much cheaper than an average Red Letter Day flight experience for a non-disabled person! As well as trial flights, they also offer flight training to obtain a private pilot’s licence, simulator sessions, aircraft hire and are the representative body in the UK for disabled aviation.

Who can fly?

Their general rule is that as long as you can move something then you can fly, regardless of your impairment. With over 20 years’ experience and run largely by disabled aviators themselves, they claim they teach anyone who wants to learn to fly. They have developed and adapted special planes equipped with hoists and other assistive technology solutions, to cater to any disability or impairment, from mobility issues to sensory problems. They are based at several airfields across the UK including Blackbushe, Tatenhill in the Midlands and Prestwick in Scotland, but also fly from other bases on temporary detachment.

Aerobility believe that flying can have a huge impact on people’s confidence and self-esteem, can be a really inspirational experience, and can even change their view of disability forever: “If I can fly a plane, what else can I do?”

Why we like it

We love how Aerobility is truly inclusive and makes the once in a lifetime experience of flying a plane both physically and financially accessible to everyone. Their positivity and can do approach is inspiring and their focus on ability makes a welcome change from hearing about what disabled people can’t do!

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