Having had performed our two-man stage show as far west as Los Angeles, CA and as far east as Boston, MA, Mike and I are no strangers to flying. Unfortunately, majority of the time flying is the most challenging part to our trips. The thing is though it doesn’t have to be. Many of the challenges we encounter could be resolved by one action, letting Mike fly in his wheelchair.
I hear the cheers from the wheelchair community now! “Yes!” “That would be great!” “You’re preaching to the choir brother!” But at the same time I also hear the skeptics in the wheelchair community. “If only!” “Keep dreaming!” “That will never happen.”
To the skeptics, I have good news to share. We are closer to this reality than you think! Recently, Mike and I spoke to two determined individuals who have taken ownership of this issue, All Wheels Up‘s Michele Campanelli and Alan Chauelet. In the coming month you will get to hear that conversation courtesy of our Handicap This podcast.
In the meantime, I felt compelled to write today’s post. Michele and Alan have done a lot of research and grunt work. Their efforts leave them at a point where the next step is a wheelchair airplane crash test. The goal of the test is to show wheelchairs can withstand the FAA crash test of 16Gs.
Michelle and Alan have found a company (Q’straint) willing to donate the equipment needed for the crash test. They have also secured an aerospace company (Calspan) willing to run an all-day wheelchair airplane crash test. The cost for running the test at Calspan’s facilities is $15,000.
Looking to raise these funds, Michele and Alan have started an Indiegogo campaign. It is not often that I make an appeal to our fans, but I know how life changing this test could be for the wheelchair community.
$15,000 may seem like a lofty goal, but the end goal of Mike (and anyone who uses a wheelchair) being able to fly in an airplane in HIS OWN chair as opposed to being plopped in a regular seat = worth it. When you break it down to simple numbers, $15,000 is easier to attain than one might think. Take our Handicap This Facebook fan page for example. It has over 111,000 fans. And on Twitter we have close to 8,000 followers. If everyone who likes our Facebook fan page donates $1 to All Wheels Up’s Indiegogo campaign, Michele and Alan reach their goal and then some! If all our Twitter followers donate $2, again Michele and Alan achieve the necessary funding.
Do you want to create a breakthrough in air travel and make real differences in the lives of wheelchair users?
A donation of any amount goes a long way. Together we can make flying comfortably and safely in a wheelchair a reality.
If our space program can send a person to the moon, I think Handicap This can put a wheelchair on an airplane.
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