GOOD NEWS 'An Awesome Feeling': Blind Pilot Follows Dream, Takes to the Skies Once Again
Jim Platzer used to be the president of a Fortune 500 company, and he had also been a pilot for over 15 years.
But he began to lose his eyesight in his 20s when he was diagnosed with a rare condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which leads to blindness, and now has as little as 5 percent of his vision left.
There is no known treatment nor cure.
However, miraculously, it hasn’t kept him from taking to the skies—even as a pilot.
Thanks to, Joel Pierce of Sweet Aviation, Platzer is able to continue his dream of flying a small plane, with Pierce as his single “instrument.”
“He paints that picture of my environment and what I need to do to be [a] successful [pilot],” Platzer told Lea Gabrielle.
Pierce will give commands like whether to bank the plane at a certain angle, to go up or go down, and gives other crucial information Platzer needs, even if he cannot see well what is in front of him.
“It’s an awesome feeling to get back in the cockpit after going through this challenge of visual impairment,” Platzer said.
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