Kris Van Nuffel

Hey Sean,

 
For months already, I know I HAVE to contact you, and to thank you for being an example to me.
 
Here's my story.
 
From when I was 5 I was willing to learn flying. (Now I'm a 35 years young)
 
At an age of 22 (when I started working & had the money) I jumped into a Shadow ULM and had 12h with it.
 
A collegue at work was flying Pipers (PPL) and convinced me to do the medical for it.
A few weeks later I was starting my lessons to get my PPL on Piper PA28 in Ursel (EBUL, Belgium)
 
29 AUG 2000 I obtained my PPL. Since then I flew about 100h in Robin DR400 & C1723.
 
03 AUG 2001 I had a severe car accident on the road to my work, leaving me paraplegic D12-L1.
15 MAY 2002 I left the hospital and by now (few months & a divorce later) I'm working partime again as a project engineer.
The other half of time is a nice advantage of paraplegism, giving me possibilities of doing what I REALLY like! :-)
 
In my revalidation period I remember seeing "Fly Away Home". I just had learned how to do a "toucher" (or to "shit manualy" :-o
if you want me to state it more clearly) and was rather down @ the moment. Seeing the film really got me going @ that time.
While I was in tears @ the end of the film, I also was deperately longing to FLY. To be myself again... to be free...
to be a master inthe sky again.
 
Next day I jumped on the internet, searching with 2 words: "paraplegic" & "flying".
The first site I visited that day was something about a "certain" Scott, flying a trike. @ That moment I somehow felt it
was to early & unnecessarely to give up flying. So I started calling our Aviation Authorities (technical service &
license department to see what was possible here in Belgium. As we are implementating JAR-regulations in Belgium
since 2002 ther are indead some possibilities. Cosmos trikes for example are homologated over here & I filed the
tech. dept. the technical drawings & foto's I had brought with me from my visit to the Cosmos factory.
Technicaly, the adaptation can be homologated here in Belgium without a problem. I just had to do about 20
telephone calls to found it out. ;-)
 
In JUNE 2002 I visited the Cosmos factory (having my adapted car only for 2 weeks) in Dijon (France)
 
Next week (08 FEB 2003) I'm going to see the doctor for my DPM-medical. With the insurancy fee
I easily can buy a trike and I hope to do so this summer. (IF I can obtain my student permit over here)
 
So far, so good. We'll see what we'll get ... I'll keep you in touch. Anyway, I want my name in the
paraplegic pilot listing also. For me it will be a major victory over my paraplegism and a big starting
oportunity to give other para's also the poss. to learn to fly.
 
THANKS, "OLD BOY". :-)
 
 I own you one. (& even more)
 
 
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Kris Van Nuffel

This is Kris's NEW WEBSITE  http://www.paraflight.be/