FORT WORTH, Texas — The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) celebrated the achievements of U.S. Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard upon the successful completion of flight training as AOPA’s 2013 Aviation Summit opened here Thursday.
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.
How do you throw a great party in aviation and make it possible for wounded veterans and other people with disabilities to become pilots? Just mix inspiring new pilots with music and food and have the party at Fantasy of Flight near Orlando on Saturday, April 20.
OSHKOSH — Able Flight pinned wings on five of its newest pilots at Phillips 66 Plaza on Tuesday at AirVenture. “We’ve trained eight pilots so far in 2012,” said Able Flight founder Charles Stites. “And it’s only July.” All learned to fly at the 3rd annual Able Flight/Purdue University joint training project this summer.
Able Flight will pin wings on its newest pilots at a special ceremony Tuesday July 24, at AirVenture in Oshkosh.
On May 19, six Able Flight scholarship winners will arrive at Purdue University in Indiana to begin five weeks of intensive flight and ground training, an experience that will change their lives forever. The six men come from all over the country, and though their disabilities and challenges may be varied, they share the common goal of wanting to become a pilot.
Actor and pilot Morgan Freeman will host a benefit party for Able Flight April 21 at his Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Morgan will be there to welcome donors and the largest group of Able Flight pilots together in one place at one time.
Adam Kisielewski shouldn’t be alive. From the instant he passed through an explosives-rigged door in Iraq on Aug. 21, 2005, Adam has been living his second life, the one given to him by his own fighting spirit and the wonders of modern battlefield medicine.
It was only a month and two days after Adam’s deployment to Iraq began when his squad was given the assignment of clearing a school of suspected insurgents. The blast cost Adam his left arm at the shoulder and his right leg below his knee, and it cost the life of his fellow Marine, Lieutenant James “Cat” Cathey, mortally wounded as the two men were on a room to room search. The actions of his squad, an immediate evacuation in a Humvee to a field hospital, and the superior emergency care he received gave him the opportunity to live. From Iraq he was airlifted to Germany, and then, in five days, Adam was at Bethesda Naval Hospital for seven weeks, and then Walter Reed for 11 months of intense rehabilitation for his catastrophic injuries.