I just got back from a quick trip to Purdue University Airport in Lafayette, Ind., where I had the pleasure of meeting a great group of student pilots. Like you, they’re passionate about aviation; they love flying and they’re enthusiastic about learning. Their flight instructors can’t say enough about these guys’ determination and dedication. “He texts me at 6 a.m.,” one told me about his student. “‘Are we flying at 7 a.m.?'”
That student is deaf. Three others are in wheelchairs. Two have cerebral palsy. Through a unique partnership between Able Flight and Purdue University, they all are working toward earning a sport pilot certificate. They fly every day, weather permitting, with the goal of finishing up by the final week of June. The week I visited, two had soloed.
You’ll learn much more about Able Flight in an upcoming issue of Flight Training. You’ll meet each of the students, their flight instructors, and the specially equipped Light Sport Aircraft they’re flying. Keep an eye out for these guys at your local airport. They’re going places.–Jill W. Tallman