Neil Tucker - first solo (... the sequel!)

First solo (…the sequel!)

34 years since his very first solo, and followed by a gap of a similar amount of time from getting back in the cockpit, Neil Tucker went solo again with Aerobility last month. What changed over that time ? (apart from the receding hair-line - his words not ours!) Well, in terms of his love for aviation, nothing really, but in terms of life changing events, Neil is a very different person to the 18 year old in the picture. In 2014, following a horrific motorcycle accident where he almost lost his life, he ended up profoundly disabled; amongst other things, losing a leg and the use of his left arm. Determined to fly again, despite many ‘nay-sayers’ his solo was a very special achievement and worthy of celebration, no matter how unorthodox!

“…the sense of achievement was incredible and only possible because of the team at Aerobility and you know what? It’s not just about beating up clouds, which is cool, but, equally important is the community spirit that grabs you as soon as you walk in through the door. Aerobility has put my head in a really good place, a place that now looks forward to the future rather than fearing it.”

Neil is now working towards getting his licence back and “…more importantly, helping Aerobility to change other people’s lives.”

Laura Neaves