Just two months since Able Flight’s “Class of 2016” arrived at Purdue University, seven have already become licensed pilots.
“Not only has this year’s class been our largest ever, it meant that we needed nine instructors and five planes to keep them in the air every day that weather has allowed them to fly,” Able Flight officials said. “In fact, they have often flown twice a day with classroom sessions in between.”
By the time the last flight touches down, the students will have logged more than 330 hours of instruction, requiring approximately 1,600 hundred gallons of Swift Fuels UL94 avgas, and numerous oil changes.
The new pilots will get get their wings at a Wing Pinning Ceremony at this year’s AirVenture, July 26, at 11 a.m.
Joining us to honor our new pilots will be Aviation Hall of Fame member Patty Wagstaff and representatives of the sponsors and supporters who make our program possible.