Learning to fly has been a lifelong ambition of Derek’s. From the age of five his parents would take him to nearby Gatwick Airport to watch the planes take off and land – a pursuit he continues as he grows older.

Nine years ago Derek was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease, which has caused a weakness in his arms and difficulties with his speech. Since his diagnosis he has taken on a number of challenges, many raising money for charity. He retired on medical grounds in early 2015 and wants to face one of his biggest challenges – learning to fly a light aircraft. 

A huge thank you to everyone at FSDP involved in giving me a truly amazing and memorable experience. My dream is to fly my family and friends for pleasure. ”

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