Aviation charity Aerobility, strives to remove the barriers that may prevent those with disabilities from flying, giving everyone the opportunity to benefit from this life-changing experience whatever their ability or social background.
Run largely by disabled aviators, for disabled people, the charity has numerous airfields throughout the UK including Blackbushe, Tatenhill in the Midlands, and Prestwick in Scotland.
The charity’s main aim is to deliver a programme that encompasses:
Aerospace and Ability (Aerobility) – focus on what individuals can do rather than what they can’t
Capability – they have their own aircraft fleet specially adapted for disabled pilots with specialist equipment and skilled instructors in disabled flight training
Everybody – to include all disabilities and ages, absolute inclusivity
Opportunity – flying can give a feeling of self-worth and achievement
Confidence – ‘if I can fly an aeroplane what else can I do?’
Accessibility – both financially and physically
The activities offered through Aerobility include trial flights, flight training, flying days, aviation experiences, aviation education programmes, examinations and much more.
Help for Heroes have previously provided funding to Aeribility via our Battle Back programme, which has helped in excess of 50 individuals access their facilities.
The new grant funding from H4H will be used to continue to provide flight training and aviation based skills acquisition to wounded injured and sick Military personnel.
Taking part in such activities will help our heroes to overcome personal barriers and aid their physical and mental rehabilitation. Moreover it can help them to gain the independence and confidence to focus on what they can achieve, rather than what they can’t, and facilitate the realisation that injuries do not have to dictate future accomplishments.
Social outcomes include employment opportunities in aviation and training that can lead to solo and pilots licences.