Dave Sykes is the first paraplegic to have achieved a solo flight from England to Australia. He had been seriously injured in a road accident in 1993, and though disabled, pushed himself to a better recovery than the doctors expected. He learned to fly in 2000 and flies flex-wing microlights fitted with hand controls. He made a series of long distance flights around Europe totalling nearly 30,000 miles. In 2011 came the major challenge, which involved coping with persistent turbulence, monsoons and long water crossings. The 12,000 mile solo flight to Australia was successfully completed in four months.
RAeC Britannia Trophy
British Microlight Aircraft Association