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.
According to organizers, it’ll be a night of great music, great food and all for a great cause when friends, aviation celebrities and sponsors celebrate the successes of Able Flight pilots on May 30 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Able Flight has received a $45,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The grant will expand Able Flight’s ability to provide flight training and aviation career training scholarships to injured service members.
Six new pilots will receive their Able Flight wings at a ceremony on July 30 at EAA AirVenture. Five trained from May to July during the nonprofit’s annual program at Purdue University, and the other pilot earned her license earlier at another location. Special guests on hand to pin their wings include National Aviation Hall of Fame Member Patty Wagstaff.
When they arrive at Purdue University on May 19, five new Able Flight scholarship recipients will begin more than a month of intensive flight and ground training leading to a pilot certificate.