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Fly me to Cumbernauld

Posted on: 21st June 2016

Our client Rob tells us about his first flying lesson

“I have always had a fascination with flying and really wanted to learn how to do it.

“In 2006 I was involved in a car accident and sustained an acquired brain injury. I have physically and mentally made a remarkable recovery but still have spasticity in my left hand side and can have fatigue issues.

“In October last year I went with support to NATS (National Air Traffic Services) to be medically assessed for flying; they have a base in Prestwick in Scotland. The doctors there informed me I had permission to gain a LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilots Licence). I would always need a co-pilot with me but was given the go ahead to start learning.

“On Friday 3 June I had my first lesson and can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was nerve wracking to start with - I found it exhilarating, I was nervous, had to listen to loads of instructions, I needed to stay calm, it was so hot in the plane and I was so happy I was flying! We flew over the Wallace Monument, the Kelpies and the Falkirk wheel on a beautiful sunny day. I had complete control of the plane while sitting next to my training pilot, James. It was a roller coaster day of emotions because once I landed, I was so sad it was over.

“The flight had been organised through Aerobility, a charity promoting opportunities in aviation for people with disabilities. They are hoping to make a base in Scotland at Cumbernauld Airport and it was from there that I flew.

“The day was a success - James gave me a glowing report afterwards. I need to make a minimum of 32 hours flying to achieve a LAPL - the first half hour is done and I can’t wait for my next lesson. When we landed I realised that I had accomplished something wonderful and my smile was as big as it could have been. If you put your mind to doing something, anything is possible.”