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Paraplegia

Licensing implications: the possibility of achieving a Private Pilots Licence is excellent in most cases, although the licence will have certain restrictions applied: for instance, the licence will include details of required adaptations, and in some cases may restrict to a particular aircraft type. Many paraplegic pilots will achieve full independence, and should not require assistance at all. Commercial licensing is also a possibility.

Most suitable aircraft types:

Piper PA28 series fitted with a hand control. Easy to get into using the 'bum shuffle' technique up the wing.

Cessna 172: possible to fly P1 with a Union hand control. However, this aircraft is difficult to enter from a wheelchair and would require others to check the fuel levels on top of the wings.

Others will be suitable for modification, especially those without toe brakes. Individual modifications tend to be fairly expensive.

Many microlights would seem to be very readily adapted and costs would tend to be lower.

Many microlights would seem to be very readily adapted and costs would tend to be lower.

MMany gliders have hand controlled rudders, and some gliding clubs are used to disabled pilots.