Able Flight, the North Carolina-based organization that supports flight for people with disabilities, has entered its tenth year and has awarded a record-setting eight scholarships for 2016. The recipients come from across the United States and include one person who is deaf and seven who use wheelchairs.
The 2016 scholarship recipients are Johnny Ragland and Justin Falls of North Carolina, Ethan Daffron of Indiana, Scott Earley of Florida, Shafeeq Moore of Georgia, Bernard Dime of Arizona, Trevor Denning of Texas, and Shavon McGlynn of New York. They will train at Able Flight’s campus at Purdue University.
“When I have the pleasure of calling to notify applicants of their awards, I tell them that they are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever,” said Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites. “Our program is demanding and challenging and that’s because we work with our partners at Purdue’s department of aviation technology to make it so. When our students become certificated pilots, they know they have earned it.”
The graduates will be awarded their Able Flight Wings at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 26.
Over the past 10 years, 45 pilots have trained through Able Flight; 53 pilot certificates and ratings have been earned; 12 career training scholarships have been awarded; and 78 scholarships have been given.