Charity flight modified in wake of tragic loss

August 20, 2009

The Advanced Helicopter for Youth Foundation is scaling back its Heli-Flights for Hope 2009 charity flight, which was scheduled to meander through six states starting Sept. 23, after four people who were helping prepare for the event were killed in a helicopter accident late last month.

The flight will still take place Sept. 23, but the group of helicopters that were planned to make stops in several states to raise awareness for Advent Home Learning Center in Tennessee and Teen Challenge USA will only fly from Frederick, Md., to Bridgewater, Va. The helicopters will perform a missing-man flyover at both locations in memorial to the four who lost their lives. One helicopter will continue to the Advent Home Learning Center, a Christian school for “at risk” boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, to present a check for part of the funds raised. The other funds will be donated to Teen Challenge USA, which treats thousands of individuals nationwide with drug addictions.

Advanced Helicopter for Youth Foundation will continue its planned hangar dance on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Landmark Executive Hangar at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md. In addition to a live band, dessert, and dancing, a silent auction will also take place. A special time will also be set aside in memorial to the four who were killed July 23 in a helicopter accident: Jeffrey D. Nordaas, 24, of Columbia, Md.; Niall R. Y. Booth, 43, and Kim R. Felix, 48, both of New Market, Md.; and George H. Tutor, Jr., 39, of Westminster, Md.. The group was returning from an event that offered helicopter rides in order to raise money for the charity, according to the media.

More information about the flight and hangar dance are available on the Advanced Helicopter for Youth Foundation Web site or by calling 301/694-5313.