Neil Anthony Thomas figured when he was younger that he’d never be able to fly because he was deaf. But one day while flying remote control airplanes in Alaska, he saw manned airplanes overhead and decided to take a lesson.
Now, with Todd Barker, Thomas flies out of Colorado Springs' Peak Aviation Center, the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports. The two met at the airport when Thomas noticed Barker’s hearing aids and they began signing to one another. Thomas now works part-time for Barker, who is the aircraft detailing manager at Peak Aviation Center.
They say many people assume you can't fly without being able to hear. Not so -- and there's a tight-knit deaf pilot community now that supports them.
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