About a week before Thanksgiving 2019, 40 kids who had never flown before took flight at Gastonia Municipal Airport (KAKH) in North Carolina. While similar to Young Eagles flights, these flights were done by Fly For The Culture, a non-profit that introduces aviation to minority kids.
“Kids have to see it to believe it,” says Courtland Savage, the 28-year-old pilot who started Fly For The Culture in March 2018. “As we get older, we forget what it’s like to be a kid. We say, ‘You can do anything you want to do, all you’ve got to do is try.’ But they’re kids, their minds aren’t fully developed. They literally have to see it to believe it.”
That’s one of the reasons for the lack of diversity in aviation, he says, noting that just 3% of airline pilots are black, while just 6% are women.
“So I created a platform where we showcase women and minorities flying aircraft and the kids are seeing it and getting a chance to fly with them,” he says.[Read more…]