Autistic Taekwondo champion Bradley Brockies celebrated his 16th birthday with disabled flying charity Aerobility – becoming its youngest ever solo pilot.
Since it was founded in 1993, Aerobility has added facilities such as a classroom and shop, and now boasts multiple disabled flying centres across the UK.
Nearly 1,000 disabled people benefit from the charity’s efforts every year.
Now Brockies – who has also won gold medals for Great Britain at the World Para Taekwondo Championships and the European Para Taekwondo Championships – has become its youngest ever solo pilot.
He took his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, the very first day he could legally do so.
He has reportedly been interested in aviation since 2009, and took his first lessons in 2016.
Brockies also displays his own aviation photography on his Instagram account:
He commented on his success: “I’m hugely proud of achieving my aim of flying solo on my 16th birthday and thank Aerobility for all the help and support they have given me in helping me achieve my dream. After school, I want work in the aviation industry and hope to become a pilot.”
In 2018 a world record was broken in support of Aerobility. Read more below: