Able Flight Pilots Will Barnstorm To Oshkosh

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Brad Jones and Sean O'Donnell, winners of Able Flight Scholarships that helped them earn their sport pilot certificates, will take off in Atlanta next month and barnstorm their way to an opening-day arrival ceremony at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Both pilots use wheelchairs due to spinal-cord injuries suffered in accidents. They'll fly a matched set of specially adapted Sky Arrow 600 LSAs. Along the way, they'll meet with disabled veterans and others to talk about their flying experiences. "Our goal is to bring these special pilots and airplanes to as many people as possible as they travel to Oshkosh," said Charles Stites, of Able Flight. "It is one thing to read about a person with a disability becoming a pilot, and it's quite another to hear from them in person how they have overcome traditional barriers and successfully faced the challenges of learning to fly." To help fund the tour and its general scholarship fund, Able Flight is seeking donations. Go to their Web site for more info or to donate online.

Able Flight's mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.