Over the past several years, Staff Sergeant Adam Kisielewski, USMC (retired) earned his sport pilot and private pilot certificates through the Able Flight scholarship program.
Now, with the support of aircraft owner Mike Bell and Able Flight’s scholarship fund, he has added a coveted Instrument Rating to his aviation accomplishments. [Read more…]
Eight people with disabilities can become licensed pilots in 2016 thanks to Able Flight.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Able Flight’s eight scholarships sets a record, according to officials with the non-profit organization.
The recipients of the 2016 flight training scholarships come from throughout the country and face challenges from a variety of physical disabilities. [Read more…]
Before he flew C-130s for the National Guard and C-17s in the Air Forces Reserves, Scott Holmes had learned to fly as a teenager in Charleston, S.C. Then he was off to earn a degree in aviation from the University of North Dakota. [Read more…]
A fundraising campaign has launched to create an Able Flight scholarship to honor Tyrell Rhodes, an Able Flight pilot who passed away from cancer Sept. 4.
The Tyrell Rhodes Memorial Scholarship will honor the young aviator, who earned his wings in 2012 thanks to an Able Flight scholarship. The non-profit Able Flight gives scholarships to disabled people to pay for their flight training.
Able Flight’s founder Charles Stites tells Tyrell’s story: [Read more…]
When a door rigged with explosives in Iraq cost Sgt. Adam Kisielewski his left arm at the shoulder and his right leg below the knee, becoming a pilot wasn’t even a dream.
Becoming a pilot is a metaphor for life: Getting your pilot certificate is a challenge, and conquering that challenge can give you the confidence to tackle other life obstacles.
Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight, a not-for-profit organization that makes flight and aviation career training possible for disabled people, knows this only too well. On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, he noted that it would never happen without the support of businesses such as Tempest Plus Marketing Group out of Gibsonville, N.C. [Read more…]