Deaf & Dumb,Studied till 7th,but his dreams are flying really high now !!!
Saji Thomas, a native of Thattakuzha in Thodupuzha, is deaf and dumb by birth and has studied till seventh class only. But, his dreams fly so high that he made a small aircraft, and was flown successfully by a retired wing commander of the Indian Air Force.
Without any basic knowledge, he took 15 years of unbelievable hardwork to achieve his dream.
Saji worked on the information collected from Internet and some books to fabricate the plane weighing about 265 kg. It has a 65 BHP Hirth engine from Germany, similar to the X-Air planes developed by Raj Hamsa Ultralights of Bangalore. The total expense for the work was around 14 lakhs.
Saji has made slight variation to the engineering design and seat position as compared to X-Air which is popular among the small scale users in US.
Saji remains an unsung hero,and a true inspiration to every single one out there.
PS-Discovery Channel recently honoured Saji Thomas in a program anchored by Hrithik Roshan called HRX SUPER HEROES.