Just unveiled after months of secret design a wheelchair perfect for use on passenger planes.
The easy to stow chair looks set to revolutionize the way that wheelchair users travel and access a whole range of transport including aircraft, cars, trains etc.
Designed to fold in less than a minute the TIGA fx uses a ‘front first’ rather than the traditional ‘clunky sideways’ fold.
It is the first wheelchair made by the RGK Company to be easily stowed in small spaces such as in an aircraft overhead cabin locker. This will allow the user to take it into the cabin with no need for storage in baggage holds where there is a greater risk of damage to the chair.
Made with an aluminium frame it utilises webbing of space age technology and battle proven Kevlar armour to provide exceptional strength whilst dramatically reducing the weight of a conventional wheelchair.
Speaking about this chair, Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said “This incredible wheelchair is going to take all the pressure and stress out of flying and will make it more enjoyable for wheelchair users.”
FOLDING WHEELCHAIR FOR PLANE LOCKER
Sir Philip as head of the Paralympic movement clocks up thousands of air miles a year and has been flying for over 40 added, “I’m in planes all the time and not knowing whether my chair will be at the aircraft door upon arrival, has been the bane of my life!”
RGK is a specialist in bespoke chair design and manufacturing. Its co-founders and directors are wheelchair users, giving RGK a unique perspective of the industry.
Russel Simms, Commercial Director of RGK, commented: “For a long time wheelchairs have been clunky and a hassle, something we at RGK are trying to change. TIGA fx brings to life what we believe a wheelchair should be, light, strong and practical plus in many cases will open up access and rights to travel that have denied too many people for far too long.”
Citing research conducted by Muscular Dystrophy UK Simms said that the process of travelling by air is for many a source of anxiety and embarrassment with equipment also being damaged and disabled people being put off flying for good.
They also face the risk of physical injury, with the majority (60%) of passengers surveyed saying they felt unsafe when being transferred from a chair to an airline seat, while another 60% said their wheelchairs have been damaged.
Jean Daly from Cork Ireland who’s world was changed overnight when she became paraplegic at 26 said,”This will really take the brakes off for chair users and I for one have made it my mission to ensure that there is a level playing field for able-bodied people and wheelchair users alike. Access to transport and travel has been one of the last frontiers. We now have a passport thanks to this innovative and flexible wheelchair.”
Costing from around £1,800 they are truly bespoke. However even better as unlike Ford you can have it in one of 15 colours…including black and the wheels come in a range of 8 too!
See story on wheelchairs here :http://www.thetraveltrunk.net/ mobility-boost-vietnam-airlines/