Flight program gives students with disabilities new opportunities

FILE - This photo from May 19, 2014, shows the Purdue University Airport. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - This photo from May 19, 2014, shows the Purdue University Airport. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – The fifth annual Able Flight at Purdue Airport will birth six new pilots after its six week course for aspiring flyers with disabilities.

Able Flight, a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C., provides disabled men and women an opportunity to attain a pilot license. Purdue’s aviation technology will host the course at Purdue University beginning May 20.

Unlike other flight schools, Able Flight is funded by donations from major aviation companies and individual donations. The program follows the Federal Aviation Administration codes to properly train pilots.

The scholarship-based program offers four different types of scholarships, each specifically created for different certifications and purposes. Scholarship applicants can be as young as 17 years-old and the program has awarded more than 50 scholarships since it was founded.

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