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    Walking on air

    I thought I should post this in the mobility section because I have found a new form of transport.

    Anything is possible with the right mindset. Today I flew a glider which was adapted for people with disabilities. Of course there was a qualified pilot behind me but I had the controls for a while. Itís a bit like 2 people sitting in a tin bath and itís not very elegant getting in and out but they do have a hoist if required.

    We soured over Fifeís hills and lochs with clear views of the Firth of Forth to the south and the river Tay to the north. If anyone wants to try this experience check out the website https://walkingonair.org.uk

    Barry
    Iím going to do this even if it kills me!

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    wow sounds amazing, bet the views were amazing

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    I was going to take flying lessons about the time I first had problems, Barry;

    But not in a toy plane with no engine.

    Try a hot air balloon next, landing can be a bit worse though.

    I'm hanging on for the drones that take people and cars that drive themselves.

    Love Terry

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    Well done Barry, it sounds a fantastic experience.
    Not for me though I'm not that brave. Xx

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    Wow Barry. Well done you. Lynne
    ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my ballance.
    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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    Very cool Barry.

    Do they give you a parachute just in case ?

    xox
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    I should have used a head camera to capture the views because there is not enough room in the cockpit to hold a camera and besides which you need a hand on the rudder.

    Terry, I did a balloon flight before MND and yes we almost tipped over on landing and there is no way I could climb into the basket.

    CC, under the rules they strapped me into a parachute and I felt like a trussed up chicken. I asked why the pilot wasn’t wearing one and he said that at 1500 feet by the time you have released the canopy, got out of your harness and released the parachute we would be at ground zero. Following this statement the other pilots on the airfield started telling me tales of near misses. I guess it’s their way of making a novice feel at ease lol.

    Barry
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    Wow Barry. Well done! That's sounds amazing. I am going to check out the website.

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    I think you lost me at the parachute bit...��

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    Sounds like a great experience, well done x

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