Success stories and solutions

Flyability has been helping disabled people fly since 1996. In that time we’ve helped a lot of pilots and come across a whole range of tips and tricks to help get people flying.

These range from very simple low tech adaptions to the development of specialist equipment that we now loan out to schools, clubs and pilots. The key criteria to successfully getting disabled people flying though is about changing everyone’s expectations and attitudes to find practical solutions and techniques to get people in the air.

This area of the site holds articles from disabled students and pilots about their flying experiences as well as a range of short examples of “this works for me” practical solutions. We’re always looking to increase the range of information and advice available here so if you’ve come across something that works for you (whether you’re disabled or not) then please get in touch.

PLEASE NOTE: the specialist flying techniques described are intended to be used as a reference by suitably qualified pilots, instructors and student pilots under instruction. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED AS A TEACH YOURSELF TO FLY FROM SCRATCH GUIDE.

The various stories and articles are scrolling past below or you can view all these posts in our flying solutions category.

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 Al

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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 o

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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 f

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French Paragliding Wheelchair Buggies

French paragliding buggyFrench wheelchair paragliding featuring the Fauteuil Cage control system

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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 ambitio

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Paragliding buggy development in Poland

Paragliding buggy development in Poland

Paragliding pilot Jedrzej Jaxa-Rozen aka Endrik from Poland has been developing his own buggy f

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Managing energy levels

One of the main problems disabled (and non-disabled) pilots encounter is managing their energy level

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Getting around

A number of Flyability's scholarship awards have gone to people who have invested in extra equipment

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Training pilots with disabilities

Training Pilots with Disabilities Steve Varden writes This article is meant to stimulate thoug

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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

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Australian WASP paragliding wheelchair

Light-weight paragliding wheelchair from Australia - can be flown tandem & solo.

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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 diff

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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

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Canadian paragliding wheelchair

Canadian paragliding wheelchair. For more information e-mail Lars Taylor.

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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[/

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Can't tell left from right

Knowing your left from your right is crucial for a student in training and also for following the ru

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Wheelchair paragliding in Greece

Wheelchair paragliding in Greece. For more information please contact George Tselikas.

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Swiss Paragliding Wheelchair Buggy

Swiss designed paragliding buggy, suitable for solo & tandem flying

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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

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