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Aerobility
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Blackbushe Airport
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Camberley
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Surrey

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I recently visited Lasham airport and was able to fly a light aircraft there. On arrival, the entrance was with a barrier that was opened by the control staff, allowing for access to the airfield. The car spaces were adjacent to the access, with plenty of space as it was outside.

I was greeted to meet aerobility at the main entrance, which was also the canteen, with excellent food on offer. All was very well laid-out for restricted mobility needs, with an adjacent toilet block on the same level. 

After meeting the aerobility team, we then drove across the airfield to their office. The light aircraft were situated there. I was assessed for the needs  required for entering the cockpit, along with initial checks of the aircraft before taking-off. A hoist was provided to allow access for anybody needing assistance.

I gained access to the cockpit via the wing once all exterior checks had been made with the pilot. On entering the aircraft, I was given a brief instruction of controls for rudders and flaps etc.

The pilot took off and landed at another nearby airbase. We then took-off once more, and headed off to Portsmouth.

I then took over the controls, and began manipulating the aircraft which was a completely exhilarating and amazing feeling. It felt like ‘cruise-control’ on a car until you looked 1000’s of feet down and realised what you were doing!

The pilot kept me very informed of the progress of the flight, and in no time we had made it to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

There we headed back to Lasham airfield near Basingstoke. As we approached Lasham, the controls were given back to the pilot for the landing.

On a very good landing, we returned back to the aerobility office, where I reflected on my most amazing experience.

I would thoroughly recommend anybody to be given the chance to be able to take control of an aircraft. Aerobility really allowed for an amazing experience, which I will never forget. They are currently relocating to Blackbush airport nearby Lasham. (aerobility are now located at Blackbushe Airport).

The eagle has landed. WOW!!

 

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Aerobility flight (more an extreme activity than extreme sport) 2011-12-05 14:19:44 Stewart White
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Reviewed by swhite    December 05, 2011
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BDFA

Amazing experience, never to be forgotten.

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Aerobility flight (more an extreme activity than extreme sport) 2013-04-24 21:40:05 Steve Wilkinson
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Reviewed by WheelchairSteve    April 24, 2013
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I had the pleasure of taking a flight and the controls of Aerobility's Cherokee Six on Friday 19th April and what an experience it was. The staff at Aerobility's base at Blackbushe are excellent and pilot, James, gave me an informative pre-flight briefing before we set off.

Brian from Aerobility, who, like me, is a wheelchair user controlled their impressive robotic hoist to lift me into the aircraft, G-CHFK. All strapped in, we took off towards the West before heading South over Hampshire towards Portsmouth, flying over Farnborough Airport on the way out as well as on the return journey back to Blackbushe. It was a beautifully clear day and you could see the Isle of Wight in the distance, as well as the impressive countryside scenario, some 2500 feet below us as we sped along at speeds up to 180 mph.

James explained and demonstrated a few manoeuvres before handing control to me to repeat them. It was an exhilarating experience to see the aircraft respond to what I did.

We were in the air about 30 minutes and I'd had a great time. If you have a disability and would like to take a flight, I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with Aerobility.

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