The ‘Eagle’ has landed!

We’ve all been there. You’re at the airport and the time has come to board the plane. You get transferred into a manual wheelchair and taken up to the plane doors.  Once here you get transferred into the dreaded aisle chair. Is it just me, or does everyone have that terrifying 2 second though of: “My bum’s not going to fit on there!”

Worrying about the size of your posterior may soon be a thing of the past, as there’s a hoist which can transfer you to a seat on an aeroplane!

The Eagle hoist is a medical grade piece of equipment which has been specifically designed by Australian company, Haycomp Pty Ltd, to fit down the aisle of a plane.  Imagine that? No more will you fear for your life while sitting on what feels like the world’s narrowest chair.

Here’s a video.

We at the NSWUG think this long-awaited piece of equipment is a fantastic idea, not only for those being lifted, but also those doing the transferring too. Even though the Eagle isn’t actually in use anywhere in the UK yet, the fact that this is being talked about definitely means things are heading in the right direction.

Manchester airport recently had a demonstration from Haycomp management, Birmingham airport is on the waiting list for one too.

We’ll keep you posted on any further developments with the Eagle!

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