Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tag: Flying

Record-breaking wheelchair team pulls plane at Heathrow to help disabled flying charity

Published: February 7, 2019

UK charity Aerobility has joined forces with British Airways and Heathrow Airport Ltd to set a new record for the Heaviest aircraft pulled over 100m by a wheelchair team.

Two pilots in wheelchairs create history in UAE

Published: December 5, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Duo lands in UAE as part of global mission to raise awareness about disability

Dubai: Two paraplegic pilots on wheelchairs have created history in UAE airspace by landing in Dubai World Central as part of a global Handi-flight mission to raise awareness about disability.

Speaking to Gulf News, which was given exclusive access to the airside to witness the touchdown, the pilots — Mike Lomberg and Guillaume Feral — said Dubai was their sixth stopover in a 40-country tour covering 80,000 kilometres to raise funds for Humanity & Inclusion, an international NGO that is out to combat prejudice and exclusion.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Passage of Bill Making Air Travel More Accessible

Published: October 4, 2018

Passage comes following the 32nd anniversary of the original landmark Air Carrier Access Act designed to protect passengers with disabilities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —Paralyzed Veterans of America is hailing the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302) through the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 93 to 6. The legislation includes a ‘bill of rights’ and an advisory panel for passengers with disabilities, as well as revised training and procedures for TSA screenings of people with disabilities.

Quadriplegic Argentine finds adrenaline rush with racing drone

Published: May 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Agustín Zanoli loved the rush of riding motorcycles and ATVs, but after an accident left him paralyzed, he was unable to participate in some of his favorite activities.

He can’t fly planes, so quadriplegic Charles Brice started a business filming with drones

Published: November 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

charles-brice-can-still-flyCHARLES Brice always planned on a career above the clouds — he just imagined it would involve flying planes, not drones.

Mr Brice, 26, was training to become a professional pilot before a motorbike crash in 2010 shattered his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic.

But six years on, the St Morris resident is again taking to the skies, launching a business that uses drones to shoot photos and videos.

Wheels Up: A Quadriplegic Pilot’s Inspirational Journey

Published: July 19, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

GASTONIA, NC — A 28-year-old North Carolina pharmacist is pushing physical limitations, conquering stereotypes, soaring to new heights and defying gravity.

All Wheels Up Wants You to be Able to Stay in Your Wheelchair While...

Published: June 6, 2016

The advocacy group All Wheels Up thinks you should be able to stay in your wheelchair while you are flying, if that’s your preference. To reach this goal, the nonprofit is pushing for federal legislation to allow it, and also will begin crash testing wheelchairs to ensure flying while seated in one is safe.

BOOK: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users

Published: November 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users bookBook Description – Are you a wheelchair user and want to learn about the process of traveling by plane before you take off for the first time? Or perhaps you’re a frequent flier and would just like to learn how to make the process easier for future flights? If you have ever wished that there was a guide to accessible air travel, this is the book for you!

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users is the first book entirely devoted to alleviating any fears that wheelchair users may have when it comes to flying. The entire process, from how to prepare for your upcoming flight to what to do after you land at your destination, is covered in depth.

Quadrocopters for quadriplegics: New tech allows disabled to ‘pilot drone over Grand Canyon’

Published: December 1, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

CONSUMER-ELECTRONICS/A British AI specialist, struck down with quadriplegia in his twenties, has modified a quadrocopter so that it can be flown with only eye movements and a working index finger – a technology he hopes will help millions like him see the world.

Stuart Turner was an MIT undergraduate a decade ago, when he was diagnosed with cervical spina bifida – a split spine – and a host of other conditions, which resulted in him gradually but irreversibly losing function in his extremities, until in the final year, he could no longer type his assignments.

Paralysis can’t ground aviator

Published: September 9, 2006

He returns to flying not long after road accident, will race in Nev. event

AVIATOR RETURNS AFTER WRECK Steve Griff never gave up hope when a trucker barreled into the back of his Chevy Silverado on N.C. 152 in Mooresville four years ago, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Never gave up hope of flying again, he said.

Griff has flown planes for 40 years, since he was 16, including as a 767 captain for US Airways, for whom he flew internationally.

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