Flying For Freedom
Flying For Freedom is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to train fifteen wounded, injured and sick pilots every year up to the standard of flying solo in Flexwing Microlight Aircraft. There is also the opportunity for them to achieve the qualification of Assistant Flying Instructor. Their long term goal is to have a small number of pilots trained to the correct standard so that they can attempt a series of long distance expeditions in foreign countries, culminating in a record breaking attempt to reach the South Pole. Through their activities, Flying For Freedom hope to raise awareness of the need to build self-sustaining activities that get our veterans back into work and daily life.
Flying For Freedom, based at Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire, have used their expertise to develop aircraft controls that enable almost anyone to fly the aircraft, regardless of the restrictions imposed by injury. This gives the pilot freedom of movement through flight that may not be possible in ordinary life.
The Endeavour Fund supported Flying For Freedom in March 2013. Through this support, the organisation was able to fund flying courses throughout the summer resulting in three fully trained pilots, increasing the number of wounded, injured and sick pilots to fourteen. Flying For Freedom were also able to purchase a brand new aircraft.
In August 2013, Flying For Freedom was honoured to have been chosen to display at the Royal International Air Tattoo alongside aircraft and organisations from around the world and in front of thousands of spectators.
Flying For Freedom is enabling its pilots to learn skills such as of maintaining and preparing aircraft for flight. With strong links with several aviation companies, Flying For Freedom is hoping to develop an employment pathway into the aviation industry for its participants.
- Nathan Forster, wounded 2010 whilst serving with the Parachute Regiment
“Flying in an open cockpit gives me a huge sense of freedom, an important sensation to many who feel trapped or restricted by their injuries.…”