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QEF Tryb4uFly service

Supporting disabled people to travel by air with confidence
Tryb4uFly

Flying can be a daunting prospect for disabled people, as it's a very difficult environment to test and try out before committing to a flight. QEF's Tryb4uFly service aims to empower disabled people, so you can make informed choices and be more confident about flying.

The Tryb4uFly service has been developed so that disabled travellers can pick and choose the sections which best suit their needs. We have a range of free resources which we would recommend accessing before attending any appointment. Consultation and Assessment appointments are provided by an expert team and offer the opportunity to speak to a trained professional about your individual requirements and discuss the options available, so that you can feel confident and comfortable travelling by air. QEF also offer the opportunity to hire a range of equipment for your flight.

 

Our QEF Tryb4uFly service has been developed so that disabled travellers can pick and choose the parts of the service which best suit their needs. We have a range of free resources which we would recommend accessing before attending any appointment. Consultation and Assessment appointments are provided by an expert team and offer the opportunity to speak to a trained professional about your individual requirements and discuss the options available, so that you can feel confident and comfortable travelling by air. We also offer the opportunity to hire a range of equipment for your flight.

QEF Tryb4uFly Free Resources
When first considering flying as or with a disabled passenger, we would encourage travellers to look at our  Flight Video Guides for powered wheelchair users or people with hidden disabilities, as well as read through our checklist to help with researching your planned journey.

Consultations and Cabin Assessments
Appointments have been divided into Consultations, to discuss your requirements through each step of the process of flying and Cabin Assessments, which provide clinical opinion on managing the cabin environment. You may decide that you wish to book one or other of these appointments, or both. Regardless, please complete the application form to book your appointment.

Consultations
Either in person or via a video or phone call, a trained member of staff will talk you through the process of flying as a disabled person, from your home to your destination. In the appointment you will discuss:
· Booking your flight
· Arriving at the airport
· Baggage
· Navigating security
· Boarding the airplane
· Wheelchairs and mobility aids
· Medication
· Oxygen
· Feeding
· Continence
· Connecting flights

Following this consultation, you will be provided with a report which highlights everything discussed and specific, personal recommendations for you to follow up with the airline you are flying with.

Cabin Assessments
A qualified health professional will facilitate the use of our air fuselage to uniquely recreate the cabin environment; this will ensure a realistic assessment of your mobility, transfer and seating requirements so we can plan for your optimal comfort when on the airplane. The appointment is expected to last around 45minutes. QEF have a range of equipment available for these assessments including:
· Aisle chair
· ProMove slings
· Burnette cushions
· Stabilo cushions
· Crelling harness
· MERU TravelChair
· TravelSnug
· CARES harness
· EasyTravelseat
· BodyPoint straps
· We can also provide a mobile hoist to aid with transfers.

We will discuss how you access the fuselage from outside the plane, how you navigate once inside the cabin, how best to get in and out of the airplane seat and optimal support for your postural needs in the seat. Following this assessment, you will be provided with a report which details the equipment discussed, demonstrated and trialled, and the decision made about how best to manage the cabin environment.

Equipment Hire

Taking your own equipment is a practical way of making your flight more comfortable however some equipment can be expensive to purchase for a single journey. As part of our Tryb4uFly service we hire equipment that you have had the chance to trial at your assessment so you can take it with you and have a cost-effective solution to your travel needs. Please always check any equipment you plan to take with your airline.

We can courier our hire equipment within the UK and aim to arrange the couriers a few days either side of your flights. You can also collect and drop off the hire equipment for free from QEF’s Mobility Centre.

For more information on the equipment items, cost and to arrange hire please complete and return the hire form.

Book a QEF Tryb4uFly appointment

For more information or to book an appointment at our centres in Leeds or Carshalton, South London, call us on 020 8770 1151 or email mobility@qef.org.uk.  Download our QEF Tryb4uFly Assessment Application Form and send it back to us by email or post. The cost stated on the application form is for self-referring, private individuals. All other enquirers, including all public and private sector organisations, should contact the centre using the above phone number or email address for up-to-date prices.

Resources

Download our Tryb4uFly resources
020 8770 1151

Our Locations

Leeds

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre
Aire House, 100 Town St, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP

Carshalton, South London

QEF Mobility Services
1 Metcalfe Ave, Carshalton SM5 4AW

Tryb4uFly Checklist

Contact by Telephone

If you would prefer, you can contact the team via telephone on 01372 841 111