***In planning*** ***In training***
Flying for Freedom is mounting a daring expedition, which will be undertaken by eight wounded and injured servicemen. Its objective is to focus attention on the urgent need to build self-sustaining activities that get our injured veterans back into work and daily life.
The team also includes a small number of non-injured personnel, of whom I am one.
The Expedition, which is organised in partnership with Help for Heroes, will show their ability not their disability as they each fly by microlight to the South Pole.
THIS SOUTH POLE ATTEMPT WILL BE THE CULMINATION OF SEVERAL YEARS’ PLANNING, TRAINING AND TESTING. WITH SUPPORT FROM SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS.
The expedition is a huge technical challenge as it has never been attempted before and so we have to modify or design from scratch what we need. From converted snowmobile helmets to newly designed prosthetics, our equipment has to be extremely light, but robust enough to withstand the rigours of the coldest place on earth.
For safety and servicing reasons we hope to take a minimum of five aircraft with us. These are likely to be P&M PulsR Microlights that are open cockpit, but have a full-fronted visor. Wheels are to be replaced with snow boards for landing and small metal fittings need to be tested, alongside ideas to warm the engine prior to starting. The biggest change will be the total replacement of the wiring loom and fuel lines. Rubberised wiring becomes brittle and crumbles away in Antarctic temperatures.