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The Families of Flight1
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Oftentimes, when a family arrives for their flight simulator or airplane flight experience, they look like any other family that you might know. There is no obvious health issue. No one appears to be struggling with a physical challenge of any kind. The kids, especially, are so excited and present in the moment, you would never guess that anyone they know has been impacted...

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Impact and Purpose
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Impact and Purpose

May 15, 2016

A Chicago-based organization, The Telling Well, donated the resources to make this video.  It tells the story of Flight1, the impact that we have, and the purpose for the program. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on...

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Fifth Grader – No Problem.
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December 5th Flight1 will give a local burn victim the gift of flight. Samantha, a 5th grader from Greenburg, IN logged her first flight simulator hours on Monday November 16. Her mother, Kim, says that the family came across Flight1 while at an air show. “We’ve always been an airshow family,” Sam’s mother says. Given the excitement Sam showed while in the simulator, that...

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Painted Planes Emblematic of Kids Character
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Angi Aldrich is a lot of things. She is the mother to Tommy, a participant in the Flight1 program.  She is also an artist and an active board member for Flight1.  Recently Angi has been working to gain her masters in art therapy at the University of Indianapolis.  For her thesis project she used Flight1 as her subject. The way art can positively impact...

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In Video – What We do.
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A group of students from Herron School of Art and Design created this video as part of a class project. They did a great job capturing the “heart and soul” of what we do. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on...

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“Co-pilots” Add a Boost of Confidence for Second-Year Fliers
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​ As Kaelyn and Drew stepped into the Aviation Technology Center, it was clear they were both ready to log some time in the Redbird Full-Motion Flight Simulator. They both had toys related to flying; Drew holding a toy airplane, and Kaelyn tightly clutching “Toothless”, a stuffed dragon from the movie How To Train Your Dragon. ​Kaelyn and Drew are both Year 2 Fliers...

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Brothers Show Determination and Daring as First-Time Fliers
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Courageous Fliers Jackson and his younger brother Luke seemed slightly nervous as they headed to the flight simulators. ​As first-time fliers, they started on the Redbird Stationary Flight Simulator before moving to the Redbird Full-Motion Flight Simulator. Jackson, eager to fly, pulled rank on his younger brother and flew first. He had a very serious look on his face, as if he intended to...

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Siblings Share in Confidence
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It was a beautiful, sunny day as siblings Sierra and Braden made their way across the tarmac towards the Cessna 172 Skyhawk they would each be piloting. Sierra seemed relaxed and prepared while Braden was visibly excited to mark all the items off the flight checklist and get off the ground. Serious health challenges affect whole families, and it was clear that parents Kevin...

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Program Director Under the Care of 13 year Old Pilot-In-Command
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Walter, his mother and Hope – Flight1 Program Director As program director at Flight1, one of my responsibilities is to schedule participants for their simulator and flight events in the Courageous Fliers program. After my ride with one of our participants in the Cesena Skyhawk, Courageous Fliers has a whole new meaning. -Hope   Walter is a 13 years old boy who lost his...

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Donor Feels Personal Tie to Flight1’s Mission
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Flight1 would not exist without kind, generous people who donate money and time to our cause. We asked one of our most loyal donors, Kent, to share his reasons for becoming involved with Flight1. “I started out just trying to be a good neighbor to someone who sets a fine example of a dad, husband, and community volunteer,” Kent says of Flight1 founder Marcus...

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Courageous Fliers Leave Clouds Behind
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As Drew peaks into a plane window, Kaelyn stands on the tips of her toes with a clipboard and pen in hand to get a better view. In this one image the excitement felt by the 9-year-old (now 10) and his 6-year-old sister becomes clear.  When the two got the chance to experience the joy of flight on a warm and cloudless day, their...

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2013 Brought Growth, Partnerships and Confidence
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Flight1 fostered a lot of confidence in its Courageous Fliers last year – and gained some of its own in the bargain. Founder Marcus Strawhorn says, “We’re really encouraged by how well our program is working, the partnerships we’ve built, and the success of events like Community Day and our ongoing aviation activities. It’s all focused on building confidence and we’re seeing the results.”...

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Courageous Flier Takes to Nighttime Sky
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  On a cold and overcast evening, an eager young pilot in rain boots ran across the tarmac towards a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. This was her second time as a Courageous Flier so she was familiar with the process and ready to fly. Grace became involved with Flight1 after her father, a commercial pilot, passed away from cancer. She is a very brave pilot, one...

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