Bleu Ciel (static display) is 30 years old and owns two aircraft. The adapted Robin on display in the static area is 20 years old, is fitted with a hand rudder control and can be flown by people with or without lower body disabilities. Feral flies Bleu Ciel's other aircraft, a Socata Rallye MS892, in the flying display.
The organisation is highly politicised and in 2003 succeeded in getting the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) to amend its Class 1 medical classifications to allow disabled pilots to gain a professional licence, providing they are medically fit.
Feral is enjoying the sunshine and interest in the stand and says: "In France, flying is a metaphor for a fusion of technical skill and courage, and the Paris airshow is the ideal stage to promote our activities and open the skies for disabled people."
Source: Flight Daily News