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Early in 2017 we are holding three practical events across the UK to support disabled people who are considering travelling by air.
The day is suitable for individual travellers and parents of disabled children who are considering flying together with health care and support professionals who want to guide their service users.
Taking you on a journey by air, step by step.
We guide you through the whole journey by air, from booking to arrival at your destination to reduce stress and help make your journey comfortable. A replica aircraft cabin will be available for you to see and try seating and transfer equipment.
We cover Booking, insurance, safe carriage of your wheelchair, being fit to fly & medicines, hiring equipment abroad, check in & security, boarding the aircraft, managing challenging behaviours, aircraft seating, airport facilities, hidden disabilities & using the toilet.
Join us as we gather with industry experts
Together with Edinburgh Airport we have lined up a range of experts and guest speakers to take you through a journey by air, including airlines, airport ground handling teams, experts on seating, transferring onto the aircraft, insurance and continence.
Places are limited and booking is essential to secure a place
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 020 8770 1151
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.
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.