Schools and Instructors

How can we help you

Training techniques that help disabled pilots can help training ANY pilot
Solutions for students who struggle with knowing right from left, launching and landing techniques that work for people with limited mobility. Disabled people are constantly problem solving and finding new ways to do things non-disabled people manage with no problems, this flexibility and considering problems from new angles is a brilliant resource for training people. No two students are the same so having a range of solutions available that work for disabled students will improve training for all students.

Specialist Equipment loan
Flyability holds a range of specialist equipment that is available to loan to schools, we can also offer advice and feedback if your school is interested in buying something new to ensure you get the right kit that will be useful to the widest range of students.

How the scholarship scheme works
From a school point of view the scheme works as follows:

  1. Student contacts the school and talks through their requirements.
  2. School fills in the lower half of the application form (and either returns to the student or forwards on with any documentation to Flyability)
  3. Flyability will authorise the funding and give you a finding authority number which is valid for 12 months.
  4. Once the flight/training is complete send through details and an invoice to Flyability and we will pay you directly up to the limits of the scholarship.
  5. Collect any additional charges direct from the student.
  6. Tell us how it went! We are always keen to get feedback from schools and instructors on things that worked well or problems you encountered while training disabled students – this is how we build up our knowledge bank and make things better.

The scholarships fund:

  • up to £60 for a paragliding tandem flight or £100 for a hang gliding tandem flight.
  • up to £375 for EP and £375 for CP training.

How can your School be more welcoming to disabled people

We can help. One of the biggest barriers to disabled people is a lack of information – if you welcome disabled pilots then making that clear is the first step. We can also help with disability awareness information, setting up site access audits and if we know that your school is welcoming then we can point disabled students in your direction.

A guide to Access information on Site Guides

We’re developing a “how to” guide to enable any club or school to collect access information for their sites. With this as a starting point we can work out if there are any small steps we could take with landowners to improve access for everyone. If this is something that would interest your school get in touch – we’d like to trial this out with one or two schools or clubs before we launch the “how to” guide on this website.

Running a party or event?

We are always pleased to get invitations to parties and events run by schools and will try to send someone along with banners and information about what we do. If you’d like us to attend an event then please contact us.

How can you help us

There are four main routes to help Flyability by donating time or expertise, equipment, information or money.

Volunteer

Flyability takes quite a lot of time to run – through administering the scholarship scheme, arranging loans of equipment, raising money and keeping the website up to date. If you’re able to help with any of these tasks then please contact us.

We’re also working on a list of friendly faces – pilots and non pilots who are involved in free flying who are willing to help Flyability pilots to get in the air.

Share information

This is one of the most valuable parts of Flyability’s activities. If you have photos or articles about disabled people flying we would be delighted to add them to our success stories pages.

Similarly if you have developed and specific training techniques or adaptions that work for you and might be helpful to other people please do contact us.

Finally we are hoping to develop information to help clubs and schools to add access information to their standard site guides. In order to do this we need to pilot this with a handful of clubs and schools to find out what works and what doesn’t. If you’re involved in producing your club/schools and would be interested in helping us then please get in touch.

Donate Money

Flyability is always grateful for donations of money. This helps us keep our supply of specialist equipment up to date and provide scholarships.

If you would like to make a donation to Flyability by post please send a cheque or postal order (in pounds sterling) to:

Flyability
8 Merus Court
Meridian Business Park
Leicester LE19 1RJ
United Kingdom

You can make a donation to Flyability via Paypal by clicking the button below. Donations can be made by credit card or debit card or from your Paypal account so you do not necessarily need to have an existing Paypal account in order to make an online donation to Flyability.

Donate equipment (sale via ebay)

We’re currently in communication with ebay to set up Flyability as a recipient of donations through sales on the site. More details will be available here when this is finalised.

Can't tell left from right

Knowing your left from your right is crucial for a student in training and also for following the rules of the air. One simple low tech solution for telling left from right is to put different coloured tape (gaffa tape, electrical tape or similar) on a students gloves, base bar or something else

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Training pilots with disabilities

Training Pilots with Disabilities Steve Varden writes This article is meant to stimulate thought and provoke discussion with regard to the training of pilots who may just happen to be disabled in some way. This time we will look at the training of pilots who may just happen to be disabled in s

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Specialist equipment from around the world

Specialist equipment from around the world

Update on Paragliding buggy from Poland Swiss paragliding wheelchair French paragliding buggy French Fauteuil Cage paraglider with wheelchair Austrailian WASP paragliding wheelchair Canadian paragliding wheelchair Polish paragliding launch buggy Greek wheelchair paragliding USA pa

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Managing energy levels

One of the main problems disabled (and non-disabled) pilots encounter is managing their energy levels. The main solution to this is to be very self aware of your energy levels and know when to stop or to conserve your energy. Staying well fed and hydrated is also key - it is especially importa

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Hanggliding in Rio

Hanggliding in Rio

Back in June 2015 we received an email from Mark asking for some advice about fulfilling his ambition to fly a tandem hangglider while he was on his holiday in Rio de Janeiro. We put him in touch with Judy Leden at Airways Airsports to give him some advice and information about what might be require

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Getting around

A number of Flyability's scholarship awards have gone to people who have invested in extra equipment to get around flying sites. Quad bikes Quad bikes can be extremely helpful to get around flying sites. You do need permission from the site owner to use the bike and to have a way of getting the bi

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Russel's Paragliding and BASE jumping Buggy (USA)

Russel's Paragliding and BASE jumping Buggy (USA)

[caption id="attachment_598" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Russel preparing to launch his buggy[/caption] Hello, I've been to the flyability website many times now and thought I'd share my experience with you. I'm a T3 paraplegic and I too wanted to get into the air paragliding solo. [ca

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First Scholarship flight of 2014

First Scholarship flight of 2014

We're pleased to announce that our first scholarship flight of 2014 has taken place. Chris flew with Andrew Pearse of Flying Frenzy Paragliding in Dorset from the lovely White Horse site near Weymouth. He shared the photos below with us. [caption id="attachment_881" align="alignright" width="400

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Flying Frenzy training Guernsey pilots

Flying Frenzy training Guernsey pilots

In August the Guernsey Paragliding Club travelled to Flying Frenzy in Dorset in order to train two of their members to fly. Flyability has worked with them to loan a Sanderson buggy for training and to help them buy their own buggy for use on Guernsey. We also granted a Flyability scholarship to hel

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Hang glider wheeled launch technique

Hang glider wheeled launch technique

Steve Varden's wheeled launch technique My hang gliding wheeled launches (hill) are slightly different from the conventional foot launches. Therefore I decided to put some detail in writing so as to provide better communication between myself and the people who help me launch. As ever I am indebt

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Wheelchair to 500 feet

Wheelchair to 500 feet

by George Ransome now Chairman of Flyability George after his solo I'm sat on a plane from Alicante to Southampton scribbling notes on a sick bag. I want to tell the tale about going solo on a hanglider. But first some history. I have Fredreich's Ataxia (a condition that affects your balan

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The Joy of (one handed) Paraglider Flying

The Joy of (one handed) Paraglider Flying

I had been flying for about 2 1/2 years, give or take a month or two, when I lost my left arm, so I knew some of what was necessary to get back into the air again. However, my first flight was a total mind blower as to where I was going and where and how I was going to land... scary, but safe!

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Lakes MS Flyability day

Lakes MS Flyability day

In July 2013 Steve Kitchen arranged a series of tandem paraglider flights for people with MS. They flew with help from Gordie at Air Ventures. The following is from a write up for the South Lakes Branch MS Newsletter. UP, UP and AWAY As a result of the social get-together at Carus Green quite a

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