Our solution is to test wheelchair restraints from Q’Straint, that could meet the FAA requirements, and work with Airplane Manufacturers, Airlines, FAA, and DOT on creating a standard that can be added to Airplanes. We hope to create a system just like on Buses.
You can see an animation of our proposed solution below. Our final solution might look completely different than this and we are currently working with designers on the best design, but this is the idea we are looking to accomplish.
We know Accessible Airplanes will allow Airlines to reach an untapped market of millions of customers and that it will dramatically increase the profits of the entire Travel industry.
It will also save them millions of dollars that they currently spend through the Global Repair Group repairing wheelchairs they damage.
Wheelchairs have actually flown on Airplanes before and the first time was on Air Force One when FDR flew on a modified military plane called “The Sacred Crow” to join Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference in 1945. The plane featured an elevator that could accommodate FDR and his Wheelchair.
Military Cargo Planes like the C-130 and C-5 feature tracking that has been used to transport wheelchairs in emergency situations.
There are currently 4 million wheelchair users in the USA and growing according to the latest census and Adults with Disabilities spend $17 billion on travel annually. There are another 4 million in the EU and millions more in the developing world.
The FAA projects US airline passenger growth to average 2% every year and US air travel demand to go from 756.3 million passengers in 2014 and nearly double by 2035 reaching 1.14 billion passengers. The IATA projects world airline passenger growth to average 3.8% ever year and world air travel demand to double from 3.5 billion passengers in 2015 to 7 billion by 2034.
Combined with a dramatically growing elderly population, Accessible Planes can bring in a travel revolution.