Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Flying and Gliding for the Disabled

ABLEize highlights clubs that offer accessible flying and gliding lessons for the disabled and special needs person wishing to learn to fly. If you are disabled and looking for something thrilling and different, why not get into a cockpit and learn to fly or glide.

Accessible flying training lessons for the disabled including wheelchair users are out there and starting to become more and more popular as the years go on.  Flying as a disabled person can be a great recreational activity as well as a well worth achievement.   Check out the disabled and special needs flying and gliding schools and lessons highlighted below. Chocs away!

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British Disabled Flying Association with details of planes for hire to disabled licence holders and trial flights. Includes flying video clips and learn to fly details.

Teaches physically disabled people to fly with accessible lessons at the Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire. Details of adapted Microlight aircraft and trial flights.

Provides accessible hang gliding and paragliding information for the disabled, advice and services to people with disabilities. Includes photo gallery and contact.

Assisting nearly 300 disabled people into a flying scholarship. Includes those with cerebral palsy, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, ME, spina bifida and poliomyelitis. Gloucestershire based.

Freedom’s Wings International is run by people with physical disabilities to offer flying and gliding in adapted planes. Based outside the UK in New Jersey, USA.

An Oxfordshire gliding club that has the availability of an adapted glider with hand controls. View club details, prices and how to join.

Details of accessible gliding lessons in Ulster with information about getting in and out of the glider via hoist, accessibility of the club and how most disabilities including wheelchair users can take part. Includes gift voucher options.

A Scottish charity assisting disabled people to enjoy flying in modified gliders. Includes details of trial flights for all disabilities and highlights the airfield facilities, prices and contacts. Includes video clips and images.