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Disabled pilots have new flight options

July 5, 2011, 05:26 pm

In an effort to help disabled aspiring pilots learn to fly and possibly have the need for a pilots life insurance policy, Flight Design has created a new hand control system. Working in conjunction with Able Flight and Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology, Flight Design has supplied a new hand control system to allow students to earn their Sport Pilot certificate, according to General Aviation News.

The training of four students is scheduled to finish in the near future, following the success of the joint flight training program at Purdue last year. The program was so successful that more airplanes added Flight Design CT, allowing the program to have two students and two instructors per plane.

"They also have a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and support each other as a team. It's really the best of all worlds," Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight, told the news source. "They live in a university dorm, train with university instructors at Purdue's own airport, and for five weeks they are immersed in aviation at a school in the flying business for 100 years."

Hand controls in Peak Aviation's CTLS allow students who are not in wheelchairs the ability to train full-time.  

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