About Tryb4uFly

Tryb4uFly is provided by the charity Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), a leading UK disability charity with over 80 years' experience of developing innovative services to help disabled children and adults reach their full potential.

Tryb4uFly offers people with disabilities of all ages the opportunity to try seating and transfer options in a realistic cabin setting before they fly.  With the guidance of a trained Occupational Therapist, we help you select and try equipment that is right for you to reduce your concerns preflight, and help you decide if flying is a viable means of transport for you.

QEF Mobility Services

Tryb4uFly is part of QEF's Mobility Services division; enabling people with disabilities to achieve independence and freedom outside of their homes.  We are the only mobility assessment centre within the M25 and carry out over 1,200 mobility assessments every year. We offer practical advice, assessment and training for those wishing to drive or increase their mobility through technology, personal mobility vehicles and adapted cars.

Travelling by air is a natural extension of our mobility services, combining a practical understanding of disability with your lifestyle choices, to help make journeys by air more comfortable. We also work closely with airlines and regulators to improve accessibility and ensure you have the most up to date information.

Our Aims

- To enable people with disabilities to make informed choices about flying

- To give people confidence by trying out the seating and transfer equipment available in an aircraft, in a realistic and supported environment 

- To advise people on the steps they can take before booking a flight to ensure the support they need is available

- To work with the aviation industry and regualtor to make air travel more accessible for disabled people
 

Tryb4uFly Centres

Tryb4uFly assessments are available at 3 locations across the country: QEF Mobility Services in Carshalton, Surrey, The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Leeds and RDAC in Birmingham.

Contact us

QEF Mobility Services
1 Metcalfe Avenue
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 4AW
Tel: 020 8770 1151
Email: mobility@qef.org.uk

William Merritt Disabled Living Centre

William Merritt Disabled Living Centre
Aire House
Town Street
Rodley
LS13 1HP
Tel:  0113 350 8989
Email: info@wmdlc.org

RDAC
Unit 11, Network Park
Duddeston Mill Road
Saltley
Birmingham
B8 1AU
Tel: 0845 3371540
Email: info@rdac.co.uk

History

In 2010 the charity MERU www.meru.org.uk researched the seating needs of disabled children on board aircraft, supported by Devices for Dignity. The Tryb4uFly concept developed in conversation with parents of disabled children who expressed their confusion and anxiety about flying.

It became apparent that some parents were very reluctant to take their child on board an aircraft, fearing that, if their child was not properly supported, it had the potential to be a distressing experience, and one they had little control over.  This experience was shared by other potential passengers, who were concerned about how they would transfer to the aircraft seat, given their own mobility requirements.

The concept was developed by QEF Mobility Services, whIch purchased an ex cabin safety trainer fuselage and started to offer assessments for disabled children and adults in October 2012.

With some clients travelling in excess of 300 miles for assessment, QEF approached Motability to develop the service to other UK Mobility Centres, with British Airways kindly providing aircraft seats. 

In March 2014 The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Leeds became the first licensed satellite service, this was followed by RDAC Birmingham the following year.