I WANT TO FLY
Aerobility operates a mixed fleet of aircraft offering different modifications and accessibility so that we can work with as broad a range of disability types as possible.
Piper PA-28 Warrior
The Piper PA-28 Warrior is a family of light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft and designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use. It has a tough construction that a person can sit or lean or stand upon, indeed many disabled fliers are able to 'bum shuffle' their way from a wheelchair onto the wing and into the pilot's seat as these are almost on a level.
This aircraft is fitted with a specially designed Turner hand control system.
The PA-28 family of aircraft are all-metal, unpressurized, single-engine, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They have a single door on the copilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing.
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: three passengers
Length: 23.3 feet (7.16 m)
Wingspan: 30.0 feet (9.2 m)
Height: 7.3 feet (2.25 m)
Wing area: 160 sq ft (15.14 m²)
Airfoil: NACA 652-415
Empty weight: 1201 lb (544 kg)
Useful load: 949 lb (430 kg)
Loaded weight: 2150 lb (975 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 2150 lb (975 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320-E2A air-cooled six-cylinder horizontally opposed piston engine, 150 hp (113 kW)
Propellers: Sensenich M74DM propeller propeller, 1 per engine
Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six
The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six is a series of single-engine fixed landing gear light aircraft manufactured in the United States by Piper Aircraft between 1965 and 2007.
The Cherokee is our great all rounder aircraft - our flying transit van with a roomy cockpit, hoist access and room to carry disability equipment such as power chairs, scooters and even our mobile hoist.
Capacity: five passengers (or six with optional seat)
Length: 27.7 ft in (8.4 m)
Wingspan: 32.8 ft in (10.0 m)
Height: 7.9 ft in (2.4 m)
Wing area: 174.5 ft2 (16.5 m2)
Wing profile: NACA 65-415
Empty weight: 1788 lb (811 kg)
Gross weight: 3400 lb (1542 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-K1A5, 300 hp (225 kW)
Tecnam P2002 JF
The Tecnam P2002 JF incorporates some clever modifications for disabled fliers including strengthened wings allowing weight bearance (making access easier) and extra hand holds. The canopy opens extra wide and the aircraft is also fitted with an innovative hand control which operates both the rudder and throttle. It is also fitted with a Rotax engine giving low cost operations.
Capacity: 1 pilot and 1 passenger
Length: 21 ft 7 in (6.6 m)
Wingspan: 29 ft 6 in (9 m)
Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.3 m)
Wing area: 124 ft² (11.5 m²)
Empty weight: 730 lb (331 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 1,320 lb (600 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912 S2, 100 hp (75 kW) at 5,800 rpm
Propeller diameter: 5 ft 3 in (1.6 m)
Zenair CH 750 STOL
Our Building-A-Dream project is coming along nicely and we hope the aircraft will be the first in the UK to be both built and flown by a team of disabled people.
We have extensively researched the kit aeroplane market, spoken to many manufacturers, and sought the advice of previous builders and the LAA. Based on this research and our own extensive experience of working with disabled people, we chose to build a Zenair CH750 STOL. The CH750 is of metal construction, chosen over a fabric skin as it will provide much more durability, especially given the methods employed by some of our disabled Flyers to enter and exit the aircraft! We already have a very supportive relationship with the UK distributor Metal Seagulls and the potential for adding adaptive controls is extensive. The process of designing and certifying changes to the original design is so much easier with permit aircraft, which will enable us to fit the aircraft with multiple modifications so ensuring that its controls are accessible and useable by people of all ability, regardless of impairment.