There are two groups that Rick can visit: The first is that he can go on cross-country flying. He uses his way to go from Canada to Mexico. He calls it his Smithers' flight because it is Smithers who controls his wheelchair aviators. On the other side of things, he can also go on non-flying tours. He is able to speak with the other passengers on these tours.
The second group that Rick gets to see is those who use the computerized flying systems. These individuals call themselves the computer/robot drivers. Rick has been able to witness the self-programming of these pilots. While this allows him to fly a vehicle that does not have a joystick, it is still exciting for Rick to see how computerized vehicles handle and maneuver.
When talking about disabled pilots, one term that comes to mind is Rob Booker. He is a retired Air Force fighter pilot and a well-known advocate for creating more accessible airports for disabled pilots. He was recently featured in an award-winning documentary about the process of creating new runways for pilots. His story is inspiring. If you ever get a chance to see the film, run home and rent it.
One of the most amazing things about Rob's story is that he never once complains about being unable to pilot an airplane. It is an honor for him to be a part of the International Wheelchair Aviators program. He states that there is nothing more thrilling than flying, especially for someone who cannot walk. He has even logged nearly 2 million miles in his wheelchair.
The only thing missing from this pilot's resume is a solo flight. Although he would like to do that, he knows that it would require additional resources and insurance. For now, he is content being a vital part of the program helping to save lives through navigational techniques with his wheelchair.