Guillaume Fral is on a mission. He is in Paris to promote La Mission Bleu Ciel, the organisation which uses aviation to influence disabled people to go after their dreams - and encourage employers to hire people with disabilities.

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