Just introduced is the new Able Flight Career Training scholarship, which makes it possible for a person with a physical disability to earn an FAA-issued Repairman Certificate for Light Sport Aircraft in only three weeks.
Once training is complete, the scholarship winner can work at an existing maintenance facility, or become an entrepreneur and create their own new business, according to Able Flight officials, who note that with the number of approved LSA models now topping 100, demand is growing for qualified maintenance personnel.
“From the time Able Flight was founded, we’ve been looking for opportunities to help people with disabilities find a career in aviation, a career that will allow them to become self-sufficient,” said Charles Stites, executive director. “Our new Career Training Scholarship is an outstanding way to make that possible. With a Repairman Certificate (LSA) with a Maintenance rating, a person can have a very rewarding career working with Light Sport Aircraft.”
Providing the training will be Rainbow Aviation of Corning, California, which offers its 120-hour Repairman Course several times a year. As with all Able Flight full scholarships, the award covers training, travel and lodging, and testing fees. The application form is available on the “Scholarships” page at AbleFlight.org.
Able Flight is a national nonprofit that provides flight and career training opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Since 2006 it has awarded 26 scholarships.