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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.