Windtunnel Handifly 2021 #WH2021

The Airspace Indoor Skydiving team is proud to announce that we will be developing the WINDTUNNEL HANDIFLY 2021 #WH2021 project in Belgium. This is a non-profit project designed to introduce people with disabilities to wind tunnel flying, free of charge. It was initiated by the French Parachuting Federation in collaboration with Erasmus +.

Marieke Vervoort - Paralympic Athlete - Belgian Sportswoman of the Year 2012 & 2015

Wind tunnel flying is accessible to everyone!

The project #WindtunnelHandifly2021 is led by the French Parachuting Federation (FFP) and will introduce people with disabilities to free fall.

In particular, people who never imagined they would be able to fly in a wind tunnel and with whom our instructors will be happy to share their passion and skill.

Airspace is one of the 9 first European partners including:

  • The Czech Republic - 1 wind tunnel
  • The Netherlands - 1 wind tunnel
  • Italy - 1 wind tunnel
  • Spain - 2 wind tunnels
  • France - 4 wind tunnels

Information and application form

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Please indicate your handicaps among those compatible with wind tunnel flying


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List of categories of disabilities accepted in the #WH2021 project

Under the responsibility of each wind tunnel, people with disabilities permanently affected by a disability defined in the International Standard for Eligible Impairments of the International Paralympic Committee (CIP) will be accepted to benefit from the free flights of the project. The admissible impairments are:

Loss of muscle strength

People with muscle impairments have a health problem that reduces or eliminates their ability to voluntarily contract their muscles in order to move or generate strength.
Examples: spinal cord injury (complete or incomplete, quadriplegia or paraplegia or paraparesis), muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome and spina bifida.

Loss of passive joint mobility

People with passive disabilities have restriction or lack of passive movement in one or more joints.
Examples: arthrogryposis and contractures resulting from chronic joint immobilization or trauma affecting a joint.

Impairment of a limb

People with impaired limbs experience complete or partial absence of bones or joints due to trauma (for example, traumatic amputation), disease (for example, amputation caused by bone cancer) or a congenital limb disability (for example, dysmelia).

Difference in leg length

People with a minimum of 7 centimeters difference in leg length due to disruption in limb growth, or due to trauma.

Small size

Small people have reduced length in the bones of the upper limbs, lower limbs and/or trunk.
Examples: achondroplasia, growth hormone dysfunction, and osteogenesis imperfecta.


People with hypertonia have increased muscle tension and a reduced ability for a muscle to stretch caused by damage to the central nervous system.
Examples: cerebral palsy, brain trauma and stroke.


People with ataxia have uncoordinated movements caused by damage to the central nervous system.
Examples: cerebral palsy, brain trauma, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.


People with athetosis have slow, continuous involuntary movements.
Examples: cerebral palsy, brain trauma and stroke.

Visual impairment

People with visual impairments have reduced or no vision caused by damage to the eye structure, optic nerves or optic pathways, or the visual cortex of the brain.
Examples: retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy.

Intellectual disability

People with intellectual disabilities have a restriction in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior that affects the conceptual, social and practical coping skills necessary for daily living. This impairment must be present before the age of 18.

For the project # WH202, severe hearing impairment can also be accepted.

Information on medical restrictions for flights in the wind tunnel with disabled people

It is the responsibility of each wind tunnel establishment to decide which person with a disability can be accepted for a flight in its establishment.

A wind tunnel instructor in charge of flights will always have the option to refuse a flight if the person is unfit to fly safely.

The following information constitutes recommendations which can be used to analyze and define the ability of a person with a disability to fly in a wind tunnel.

The conditions compatible with the activity of flight in a wind tunnel are:

  • Brain impairments (eg, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, stroke, head trauma)
  • Bone marrow deficiencies (eg, spina bifida, paraplegia, quadriplegia)
  • Neuromuscular impairments (degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis)
  • Osteoarticular deficiencies (bone, joint and congenital deformities)
  • Unclassifiable etiology
  • Dyspraxia
  • Related disorders (eg, poor memory, vision, hearing, language, sphincter control, temperature control, pain).

The conditions which seem incompatible with the activity of flight in a wind tunnel are as follows:

  • The presence of a brain shunt, fragile bone syndrome (Lobstein), superior quadriplegia, severe heart problems, behavioral symptoms, sickle cell anemia or recent arthrodesis.

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