Mark has learnt to live with Ehlers-Danlos, which he had at birth, affecting his mobility and ability to work. A Christmas present of a trial flight in a Cessna 152 fired his imagination and as he says “I was completely hooked”. He joined the Air Cadets but realized his disability would prevent him from joining the RAF.
Mark passed his driving test, but an operation intended to help him walk was unsuccessful and the following months of rehabilitation at home did nothing for his confidence; in fact he began to suffer with agoraphobia and panic attacks. He does enjoy volunteer work with a disabled children’s charity, and feels he is fortunate when he compares his life to many others.
“Learning to fly was a far more rewarding and enjoyable experience than I could have imagined. Thank you to FSDP and Lockheed Martin”