Special Assistance Open Day

QEF Tryb4uFly will be working with Heathrow Airport on a Special Assistance Open Day on the 23rd of September 2017 at The Heathrow Academy, Newall Road, Hayes, Middlesex TW6 2RQ

This open day includes presentations about flying with a disability and tours of the terminals to allow you to experience the airport environment, the proccesses you will have to go through when travelling and the assistance provided. 

To find out more Click Here

Posted on August 21st, 2017
Categories: General News, Events
Tryb4uFly at the Mobility Roadshow

Tryb4uFly at The Mobility Roadshow: discover easier air travel with a disability

5th May 2017

Tryb4uFly, a service provided by Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), will be offering free workshops and information about accessible air travel at the 2017 Mobility Roadshow 1-3 June, NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, stand C21.

 

Organised by Goose Live Events on behalf of the charity Mobility Choice, the Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is an original hands-on event for consumers looking to maintain or discover independence when living with restricted mobility. In addition to one of the largest and most diverse accessible vehicle and mobility product showcases, the roadshow also provides a variety of demonstrations from service providers and charities to answer questions and offer practical guidance on all aspects of mobility.

Tryb4uFly is debuting at the event this year and provides a free advice service for disabled air travellers. This service is hosted by QEF, and expert representatives will be on hand to provide information about air travel for people with disabilities and their families, and offer practical advice and demonstrations. The event will also provide more information about the cabin assessments that are available at three locations around the UK - QEF Mobility Services based in Carshalton, the Regional Driving Assessment Centre in Birmingham and the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre and Mobility Service, Leeds. Each centre has access to a replica section of aircraft fuselage so travellers can trial and compare accessibility and assistive solutions in a realistic environment.

During the practical demonstrations, occupational therapists will guide service users through boarding an aircraft, wheelchair transfer options and support systems available on airplanes. These informative sessions assist with planning, reducing pre-flight anxieties and increasing confidence – and are available at The Mobility Roadshow for free on Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June.

Assistive products for easier flying are available to hire from Tryb4uFly and through its close relationship with major airlines, the service can also advise which operators offer specialist equipment to help with a variety of mobility needs. 

 

Ann Frye, chair of Mobility Choice, the charity responsible for organising the roadshow, comments: “We are so pleased to be able to offer this facility at the 2017 Mobility Roadshow. Many disabled people can find any kind of travel quite daunting, and these workshops provide the ideal opportunity for people to find out what is available to help suit their particular circumstances. We are enormously grateful to QEF for hosting the sessions over two days of the show.”

The Tryb4uFly website can be found at  www.tryb4ufly.org.uk

The 2017 Mobility Roadshow: beyond independence. For all the latest pre-show news and to book a test drive visit:  www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

Posted on May 09th, 2017
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Tryb4uFly lands in Leeds

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre is now offering aircraft passenger assessments at their Mobility Centre in Leeds.  Equipped with two rows of aircraft seats kindly provided by British Airways, the mock cabin has already been used by disabled people considering planning a flight. 

Posted on December 10th, 2014
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TravelChair featured on Channel 4 News

To support their Paralympics coverage the Channel 4 News has been carrying a piece entitled No Go Britain, which looked at the accessibility of public transport, both on the ground and in the air.

On Tuesday 4 September the 5 minute feature on the 7 o’Clock News focused on disabled peoples negative experiences of flying, but also featured our TravelChair test pilot Azaria using the TravelChair at the QEF Try b4u Fly test rig, which we hope will greatly improve disabled children’s experience of flying. You can read more about Azaria’s test flight in the TravelChair here

The feature was also linked to an article called ‘No Fly Britain: are disabled passengers being grounded which you can read here

Posted on November 07th, 2012
Categories: General News
New Hire Service

Now the Tryb4uFly assessment service is underway we are offering a hire service for our support seating systems.

So if the airline that you are flying with do not have the support seating you need then you can both hire and buy the items from QEF Mobility Services.

The price you pay to hire the items is calculated at a daily rate plus an initial administration charge.  Currently you can only use these items on UK registered airlines.

You will always need to give the airline a minimum of 48 hours notice if you wish to bring equipment on board.  It is best to organise this when first making the flight booking.

Please contact QEF Mobility Services to book an assessment or hire equipment on 0208 770 1151 or email on mobility@qef.org.uk

Posted on September 07th, 2012
Categories: General News
TravelChair Certified by EASA

In order to be allowed on aircraft the MERU TravelChair required certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). TravelChair underwent some rigorous tests to ensure that its performance would not compromise passenger or aircraft safety in any way.

Happily we can announce that the EASA have now approved and certified the TravelChair so that it can be sold to airlines for their use.

A number of airlines; British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Monarch, have already expressed their interest.

Posted on July 09th, 2012
Categories: General News, Events
Stars support disabled children to fly

Sir Richard Stilgoe and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen joined representatives from the travel industry, disability groups and major airlines at the Gatwick headquarters of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to witness the launch of TravelChair, an innovative chair for disabled children for use in passenger aircraft.

The TravelChair has been designed by the children’s disability charity MERU to replace a cumbersome older version. Virgin Atlantic has already placed orders and MERU are currently in negotiations with several other major airlines.

The TravelChair’s postural support to physically disabled children was amply demonstrated by Azaria and Leo who, with their mums Carolyn and Tracey, thoroughly enjoyed the celebrity attention. Thousands of disabled children are potentially being denied the opportunity to travel by air because not all airlines currently offer suitable postural support systems on board.  The chairs are portable, fit into standard airline seats and can be stored in the overhead lockers.

Parents simply advise the airline of their need to use the TravelChair at point of booking and the airline ensure it is on board for both outbound and inbound flights – at no extra charge. Virgin Atlantic has been quick to purchase the new, improved version, available from summer 2012.

Posted on June 09th, 2012
Categories: General News, Events, Other