In 2000 Kris Van Nuffel obtained his Private Pilot License (PPL) in Kortrijk-Wevelgem. To him this was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. In August 2001 however, he had a severe car accident, and after 9 months of rehabilitation he left the hospital as a paraplegic person. Spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair? Well, there are probably worse things then that. No flying no more? NO WAY!!!!
By getting his full ULM license as first wheelchair pilot with a Belgian flying license in 2004, he also wanted to open up flying Ultralight aircrafts for disabled persons in Belgium. Nowadays two disabled pilots are flying an adapted Ultralight over here. To open up the world of disable flight even more, he decided an extra project was needed to make flying sports aircrafts possible in Belgium as well for people with lower limb disabilities. So he started looking for a sports aircraft that could be adapted with removable hand controls, to allow full integration of disabled pilots in any flying club.
While trying the transfers in an out of a British hand controls adapted Piper at the Breitling Handiflight 2008 Event at Gruyere, he realized he finally had found that aircraft. One month later he presented the first Handflight Project to a Belgian flying club together with the French Aéroclub Paul-Louis Weiller. Everyone reacted very enthusiastic and the club agreed to join the project. (We all will be proud to present the results of our work to the joined press and media during a big inauguration, estimated in September 2009) On May the 8th the Belgian Handflight Fund was created with the objective of realizing and financing even more projects in Belgium, and in several flight disciplines.
Fund managed by the King Baudouin Foundation
Welcome to the Belgian Handflight Fund
On this website you can learn all about our objectives, history, projects and interests. You have a lower limb disability and nevertheless always have been dreaming of flying? Well ... then now your time has come to do so. We at Handflight will be happy to inform you about the possibilities. You can start with visiting the downloads page and download the needed information files and checklists to get you going.