The Dollars And Sense
Kaler is adamant that student pilots pay absolutely nothing for flight lessons and everything possible is done to mitigate other costs, like living expenses. The training takes place near Sayville, N.Y., on Long Island, and students have to cover their own transportation costs. Cessna has recently become a major corporate sponsor and there are about a dozen other companies that help the organization through discounts on hotel rooms, meals, etc. Able to Aviation holds regular fundraisers to cover training costs. Kaler said he's been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local Long Island community and by sponsors like Cessna. Organizations like Able to Aviation depend on volunteers to do their good work and if you're a flight instructor with time on your hands, they could use your help. In fact, you don't even have to be a flight instructor. Current pilots are also needed to give demonstration flights. There are also spots for the clerically minded to handle administrative tasks and able-bodied folks to help transfer pilots from their chairs to the aircraft.