Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser was on hand in Oshkosh this past Tuesday as Able Flight recognized its most recent graduating class of new pilots. This year, three students were awarded their wings by Able Flight: Eric Ingram, Kevin Crombie and Spc. Jermaine Strachan. Each of these individuals earned their pilot certifications through a joint training program run by Able Flight and Purdue University, and Sennheiser recognized their achievements by providing each with a HME 110 headset.
Sennheiser made the donation as part of its “Live Your Dream” campaign, which is designed to motivate and assist people with a passion for flying to overcome the barriers and begin flight training as a first step towards becoming a pilot and living their dream. Sennheiser has been donating headsets to the Able Flight program for three years.
“Able flight’s mission embodies the very essence of our Live Your Dream campaign,” commented Dave Dunlap, director, Sennheiser Aviation. “Our goal is to remove barriers and encourage people to realize their dream of learning to fly. We are pleased to provide these pilots with a brand new, commercially certified headset that will last them a long time.”
Over the course of the next several months, Sennheiser will be awarding scholarships to flight school valued at a minimum of $1,000 each.
“I met David Dunlap of Sennheiser a few years ago, and I told him one of the things we could really use were great headsets for training purposes,” commented Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight. “He told me they could provide these for the flight schools that we work with. It was a natural extension to give Able Flight graduating students headsets when they got their wings, and Sennheiser said they’d be willing to help us with this. Sennheiser has been supporting us in this regard for several years now and it has been great.”
Kevin Crombie, one of the new pilots who received his wings from Able Flight on Tuesday, commented: “I had a dream when I was little. My dad was a pilot and I really wanted to become a pilot too. We found out about Able Flight, signed up, and the experience was great — it increased the probability that I would become a pilot. I’m looking forward to trying on my new Sennheiser headset!”