A break of 3 months

When we took off from from Switzerland 4 months ago, reaching Australia was our dream. The next goal we set ourselves was to allow other disabled pilots – Pierre Martins, Alex Krol and Lee Rowe – to fly with Eric Dabas right across this continent and meet more disabled pilots: Robert Rickards, David McPherson, Glenn Bannister, Cliff Princehorn and Dave Jacka in Australia, and then Barry Cardno, Tony Christiansen and Ross Millichamp in New Zealand. Several programmes on Australian and New Zealand national channels, as well as many newspaper articles, have helped convey our message of inclusion of people with disabilities, and helped to change people’s perceptions of disability. In many countries, visits to rehabilitation centres have allowed us to meet, share, exchange, inspire and give hope to people who have recently become disabled.

We now have to take a break of 3 months here in New Zealand because Eric could not get an extension of his leave, and no other disabled pilot who has the knowledge and experience that are vital for tackling the flights that lie ahead is available before July. What’s more, we haven’t yet found a new sponsor to allow us to continue our journey. If you know of a company that would like to become a partner and have its logo on our plane, please let us know through the contact page.

Another important goal is to raise funds for Humanity & Inclusion which finances countless projects around the world. We set ourselves the goal of raising 80’000 US$, corresponding to the 80’000 km of our trip. Currently, we have flown 30’000 km and collected about 10’000 US$.

Thank you for your help and see you soon

Australien & Neuseeland

Dear friends, We have decided to continue our trip across Australia and on to New Zealand. Eric Dabas, professional pilot and Flight instructor, is going to take over and fly our specially adapted CTLS. You can check out Eric’s biography. Our new schedule is at the bottom of our Itinerary page.
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If we are to continue on our journey after New Zealand, we will need to find a new main partner. Please spread this news.

Main goal achieved

Getting as far as Perth was one of our principle goals since the outset in this project. We have now arrived. I would like to congratulate Paolo warmly for having taken on the challenge of taking the baton over from Mike and Guillaume in extremely difficult circumstances, and I would especially like to thank Paolo’s wife Sonja for accepting his decision and giving him her support. Many thanks also to Joseph, the pilot of the support airplane, for having reorganized his affairs to replace Laurent, and for getting the whole team here safely. A special thank you to all the lions clubs on our way for their incredible support and kindness. Many thanks to Luc et Wim, our weathermen, for their great help. Thanks also to all of you for having supported us when we took our decision to continue. We will now shortly decide on what our next steps will be.

Decision

Dear friends. After careful consideration we have decided to set off again and head for Perth, where we will decide on how our flight should continue. Our airplane will be piloted by Paolo Pocobelli. We would like to express our deep gratitude for your expressions of support. These touched us a lot and helped us. We would like to thank warmly the Lions Club of Bangkok Bauluang and in particular Surasak Salachua, as well as the Thai Flying Club, the Chonburi Provincial Police, the Ministry of Tourism and sport, the Chonburi Police Imigration, the Thailand Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee and all the people here in Thailand who have shown us incredible empathy and kindness. The investigation is in progress. Its results will not be known for a year or so. On our Facebook Page are the pictures of our flight to Bang Phra, one of our shortest flight since we set out.

Thank you all

Mike’s family – Peta, Chris, Amy and Jem would like to thank you all for your messages of love and support. Mike’s life was filled with unbelievable challenges, but he was defined by his abilities in every sense. Mike jumped at the opportunity Handiflight offered to soar the global tapestry of cultures, activities, and people’s stories which he embraced and identified with so readily. To inspire others, change perceptions, reach out, touch and make a difference. His writing tells the story. For us, that is when he re-discovered his dream, and you all played a part in making it happen, and joined the ride. So while we grieve, we want to thank you all for witnessing something amazing. A journey, the joy of discovery, giving, inspiring, and living it all with a cheeky smile – we are all proud of you Mike

To fly is to conquer the physics, to soar is the essence of flight that feeds the soul.

That’s a well fed soul – be free

Thank you all

Thank you all

Mike’s family – Peta, Chris, Amy and Jem would like to thank you all for your messages of love and support. Mike’s life was filled with unbelievable challenges, but he was defined by his abilities in every sense. Mike jumped at the opportunity Handiflight offered to soar the global tapestry of cultures, activities, and people’s stories which he embraced and identified with so readily. To inspire others, change perceptions, reach out, touch and make a difference. His writing tells the story. For us, that is when he re-discovered his dream, and you all played a part in making it happen, and joined the ride. So while we grieve, we want to thank you all for witnessing something amazing. A journey, the joy of discovery, giving, inspiring, and living it all with a cheeky smile – we are all proud of you Mike

To fly is to conquer the physics, to soar is the essence of flight that feeds the soul.

That’s a well fed soul – be free

Thank you all