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The sky's the limit: Over a hundred people with disabilities take flight on adapted aviation day

Dozens of volunteers help out at Igualada-Òdena aerodrome event aiming to make aviation more inclusive

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02 October 2021 08:00 PM

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ACN | Òdena

"Like a bird, it's amazing."

This is how Maite Andrés describes her experience of taking to the skies above central Catalonia in an ultralight aircraft.

She was one of 105 people with disabilities who took part in an adapted aviation day at the Igualada–Ódena aerodrome on Saturday.

"There are no barriers here, everyone can fly," said Carlos de Albert, who presided over the day's events.

Around a hundred volunteers and twenty pilots helped to make the day happen – described by many participants as a "dream come true."

Registrations to take part in the event, the third of its kind at the aerodrome, were sold out in just ten days, attracting people from all over Catalonia and Spain.

Alberto De Andrés, one of the organizers, said the day makes aviation "inclusive, regardless of disability."

The majority of the participants were people with reduced mobility, but there were also visually impaired and deaf attendees, as well as people with other disabilities.

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  • A participant gives the thumbs up after a successful flight, October 2, 2021 (by Gemma Aleman)

  • A participant gives the thumbs up after a successful flight, October 2, 2021 (by Gemma Aleman)

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