Recently a young man in our family who holds a Comm Multi-IFR and was working toward an airline career suffered a bad motorcycle accident. He severed the nerves in his right arm and it looks like he will not regain mobility of the arm. I am looking for any info or resources regarding pilots with disabilities. What options are available regarding aircraft modifications, training and job opportunities, anything that will allow this young man and his family a glimmer of hope. Do any of you know any commercial pilots flying with a similar disability? At this point I believe he realizes that an airline job is highly unlikely, but perhaps instructing, charter work, specialty air work etc.?
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Thanks very much.
When I was a young man, back in the late 60's, I worked in mineral exploration in the high mountains west of Revelstoke. On late fall night, we set up a camp above treeline at over 8000 feet, in a gully, with wet snow and rain falling, nearly died in the night from cold and carbon monoxide from zipping up the tent with a propane ring heater inside. Our bedding was soaked, we were soaked, cloud was down to the ground, and the vis was about 200 feet. I was the leader and I thought we were done for, unless we walked down the mountain into the treeline where we could get wood and start a fire.
All of a sudden we hear a sound. It's a chopper. It finally comes into site, about 10 feet off the ground, an Okanagan Bell 47. Two trips down to camp on the Jordan, in weather you wouldn't want to drive in. That pilot saved four lives. His name was John "Tin Legs" Watson. He's lost both his feet to frostbite in a crash in the Artic. I'm alive today because somebody agreed that his not having feet didn't mean he wasn't a pilot.