Freedom Fly 2015 Scholarship | Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

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Learning to fly is not just for the able-bodied or for the wealthy. As with most other sports, flying enthusiasts come from all walks of life. Flying also opens up new employment opportunities. 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.

Freedom in the Air (FITA), in partnership with Phab, is proud to announce a (PPL) scholarship to be awarded in 2015. Generous Funding for this joint programme has been provided by The Florian Charitable Trust. The aim is to support a young disabled person to realise their full potential through the pleasure and thrill of flying. The funding will be used to pay for 50 hours of dual flight instruction in a Piper PA28 fitted with ; classroom ground school at CATS Aviation Training, written exams, and accommodation close to Elstree. The scholarship will take place at FITA’s new base with Flight Training London at Elstree Aerodrome, 30 minutes from Central London

Kathy Hancock, who experienced her first flying lesson during a Freedom Wings day, said "You leave the wheelchair on the ground and you just carry on…no restrictions, wow, its freedom!"

Rebecca Hargreaves, National Projects Manager, Phab commented “this is a very exciting opportunity for our Phab members. I have seen at first-hand what a difference flying can make to a person’s confidence and this scholarship will not only enable someone to gain an amazing practical skill but also challenge limitations and give them a fantastic sense of achievement.”
FITA founder Gautam Lewis, who uses crutches after contracting polio as a child in India, wants to show people disability is not a barrier to achievement.
He said: “Flying aeroplanes is unique because not everyone gets the chance to. The multi faceted disciplines that are learnt through pilot training requires a lot of mental strength. You are free, you are liberated from disability. It’s very different from managing rock stars like Peter Doherty which is what I was once doing.”

“It’s trying to show what we can do regardless of disability.”
FITA is committed to opening horizons for people with disabilities so that they can fly higher socially, physically and professionally.

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