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Our flyers' stories

Read the stories of how our flyers came to Aerobility and their aspirations for the future.

 

Christian Saleta 

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Christian has always been ambitious.  Following complications at birth Christian was born with physical disabilities, unfortunately these complications have proved difficult for Christian throughout his life, especially proving difficult when looking for work in the fields of aviation and automotive. 

Stuart Thompson 

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In 2002 after 15 years in the Police force Stuart suffered a brain infection, the result of this meant that he was left with impaired motor skills. Having to give up his job he suffered a loss of identity and place in society whilst trying to adjust to his new position.

 

Mark Bartlett

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I was medically discharged from the Navy in 2004 (aged 23 years) with severe back and neck injuries following a powerboat crash whilst in service and have been in pain every day since. Two years ago, my back gave out and I temporarily lost the use of my legs - I have always been very active and self-reliant, so this was a huge blow.

Mark Sines

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After serving as an Infantryman for 6 years I was medically discharged with degenerative spinal disease.  I suffered paralysis 6 years ago and I took a year to learn to walk again after 4 operations. At this stage my wife remembered by childhood dream of flying and she bought me a trial flight at Aerobility. 

Thanks to grants from Boeing administered by the Air League

 

Paul Spanner

Cliff O’Farrell

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Cliff is learning to fly not just one but two aircraft.  He is aiming for his Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence as well as undertaking training modules to be a Commercial Fixed Wing Pilot. 

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I served with the Royal Marines for over 27 years and was medically discharged in 2015 as a result of a near fatal break to my neck from riding with the Royal Navy Royal Marines Cycling Team.

Thanks to grants from Boeing administered by the Air League

Simon Hallam

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After being diagnosed with PTSD in 2004 Simon’s confidence took an unexpected knock so much so that moving through the ranks of the Army seemed doubtful.

Harvey Matthewson

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Aerobility flyer, 20 year old Harvey Matthewson, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two. As he grew up he remembers a doctor asking him what he'd like to do when he left school? Shockingly, before Harvey could answer the doctor had corrected himself with ‘Well, it’ll obviously have to be a desk job.’

Thanks to grants from Boeing administered by the Air League