Able Flight Graduates First Pilot

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Able Flight, a nonprofit group that works to offer flight training to people with disabilities, awarded its first scholarships last December, and last week the group graduated its first certified pilot. Only a few days after the one-year anniversary of the accident that left him paralyzed, scholarship winner Brad Jones, 22, earned his sport pilot certificate. Jones trained for a month at Hansen Air Group in Kennesaw, Ga., flying a specially adapted Sky Arrow. Instructors Mitch Hansen and Mike Davidson said Jones is a "natural stick and rudder pilot with excellent piloting skills, and possesses the kind of judgment that makes for a good pilot." Jones said the experience has boosted his confidence. "Life is challenging for me every day, and I feel now that I am a pilot, thereís nothing that I canít do," he said. "I would say to others in my situation who may consider learning to fly to go for it. It is a challenge, but if you do it, it shows you that no matter what disability you may have, itís not going to hold you back."