A South African paraplegic pilot will fly around the globe to spread a message of humanity and inclusion. Mike Lomberg is part of the Handiflight project and will be joined by other paraplegic pilots along his way.
Mike Lomberg will be taking flight around the world as part of his mission to spread a message of inclusion.
The Handiflight RTW project is how he hopes to use his love for flying to inspire others to break down the barriers that they have in their minds and allow themselves to do what seems impossible.
The tour aims at spreading Handiflights message of inclusion and hopes to raise funds for paraplegics.
GoodThingsGuy reports that the pilots involved in the tour will be stopping in 40 different countries and they have 150 stopovers planned.
The pilots will fly more than 80 000 kilometres and they will spend roughly 400 hours in the air.
Mike joined the SA Air Force and earned his military wings in 1978. He had a full and wonderful career as pilot until he was left paralysed after a car accident.
He returned to work but couldn't fly anymore. He couldn't do the one thing he was passionate about.
After many years, Mike bought himself a Glasair Sportsman aircraft, in which a friend installed hand controls.
This allowed me to regain my civilian flying licences and to once again enjoy my first love: flying aeroplanes. My flying home is now the Morningstar Flying Club which is based at Morningstar Airfield just north of Cape Town. It is home to more than 300 members and 200 aircraft.
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