Charles Stites, founder and executive director of Able Flight, a non-profit that provides scholarships for disabled people to get their sport pilot’s licenses, has some good news to report: One scholarship recipient is now a private pilot, while another is an airplane owner. [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…]
This year’s class includes two pilots who are quadriplegics, one who is a paraplegic, one who has a spinal condition and two who have lost one or more limbs. Two of the new pilots are wounded veterans and another is a veteran who was disabled while in service.
It’s a record setting year for Able Flight with nine new scholarships awarded to date. Six of the recipients will soon begin their training at Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology, one has completed a career training course, and two others are upgrading their pilot certificates.
Women with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply for full-ride flight training scholarships from Able Flight.