June 12, 2015, may be remembered as a banner day for persons with disabilities interested in flight and aviation careers.
Jason Gibson, one of six Able Flight students who earned a pilot certificate during the 2014 program at Purdue, was featured on a recent WTHR news broadcast.
Gibson was injured in Afghanistan in 2012, losing both legs from the explosion of a roadside bomb.
The fifth annual Able Flight program at Purdue University, for aspiring pilots with disabilities, will welcome six recruits for its six-week course May 20.
Able Flight, a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C., provides men and women with disabilities an opportunity to attain a pilot license.
Purdue has a 100 percent success rate of its students earning pilot certifications, and a number of Able Flight participants have continued their education in Purdue’s Department of Aviation Technology.
Five people with physical disabilities are about halfway through their Able Flight pilot training at Purdue University.
Hosted by the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue, Able Flight is in its fourth year at the University. The program includes five weeks of intensive and ground training that leads to a pilot certificate. The Able Flight participants train with Purdue flight instructors in Sky Arrow LSAs adapted with hand controls.
Six Able Flight scholarship winners will arrive at Purdue University May 19 to begin five weeks of intensive flight and ground training, an experience that will change their lives forever. The six men come from all over the country, and though their disabilities and challenges may be varied, they share a passion for becoming a pilot.