New plane, scholarships, meeting to impact persons with disabilities

Flight instructor Kirk Choquette shows members of the Ricci Family Foundation the features of a Sky Arrow L600 sport plane.

June 12, 2015, may be remembered as a banner day for persons with disabilities interested in flight and aviation careers.

That is the day when:

  • Purdue celebrated the gift of a Sky Arrow L600 for participants in the Able Flight program
  • the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes helped pay for two pilots to complete the program
  • a foundation announced it would help fund scholarships, and
  • industry leaders held a brainstorming session to find ways to include more persons with disabilities in the aviation industry.

The Ricci Family Foundation is responsible for the Sky Arrow and scholarship donations. It is a charitable organization focused on philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making to a wide range of causes.

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