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Flight1 Exhibits at the 9th Annual Open House, Fly-In, and Air Race
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It was a crisp summer morning, and the sun bathed the spacious runway of the Indianapolis Executive Airport in golden hues. Ordinarily, it might seem strange to see so many people—parents and their children of all ages—wandering the airport runway that is usually reserved for airplanes and motor vehicles. But that day, on August 1, Montgomery Aviation was hosting the 9th annual Open House,...

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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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Philanthropic Fermentations for Flight1
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There are two saying that are equally valued; “Do what you love to do.” and, “Do what you can to help others.” Fortunate for Flight1, the local Indianapolis home brewer community is doing just that.  On August 1st, Black Swan Brew Pub is hosting a home brew/ beer tasting event in support of Flight1. Brewers, will be on hand to discuss all things beer-related...

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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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Annual Trip to Purdue Delivers On-the-Ground Confidence Building
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Once again, the awesome staff, graduate students and alumni of Purdue University’s Aviation Technology program delivered a memorable day of fun, excitement and confidence building for our Courageous Fliers. On that beautiful, sunny morning, the Flight1 crew and Courageous Fliers headed to Purdue in the comfortable buses graciously provided by Savoya. The kids were eager to arrive and get right to the aviation tour...

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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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Flight1 Earns a Spot in AmazonSmile Program
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What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple way for you (a Flight1 supporter) to give every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Flight1. You will use your existing Amazon.com account. Your shopping cart, Wish...

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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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Community Day Aims to Make a Splash…of Gold!
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Flight1’s second annual Community Day is Saturday, September 6th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (rain or shine) at the Ohio Street Canal Basin in downtown Indianapolis. The event is our way of saying thanks to the community for their outstanding support of Flight1’s mission. But this year, the day of relaxing family fun has a special twist: we’re turning the canal gold to raise awareness of the fight against childhood cancer! Flight1...

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Hope Neely Joins Flight1 as Program Director
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Hope Neely brings nearly 6 years of experience in financial services and over 3 years of volunteer experience with the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (NKFI) to her new role as Flight1’s Program Director. But Hope’s strengths go far beyond the professional. She will be an outstanding role model for our Courageous Fliers because her life is an amazing example of how people can achieve...

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Air Traffic Control Clears Flight1 for Special Recognition
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What do Courageous Fliers now have in common with the President of the United States? A cool radio call sign! The big jet below probably looks familiar and almost everyone knows what it’s called when the President is aboard – “Air Force One.” (Bonus fact: since his helicopter is flown by Marine Corps pilots, it’s called “Marine One.”)   Below, Courageous Flier Dacian is...

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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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Composer’s Generosity Will Help Flight1 Climb
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British composer Helen Jane Long’s lovely instrumental The Aviators captures the essence of flight and the sense of joy and wonder it inspires. Ms. Long, through her label BLE Music Group, has graciously granted Flight1 permission to use The Aviators as a soundtrack accompaniment to website content such as videos and slideshows. We are grateful to Ms. Long for generously supporting our mission. Her...

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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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Midnight Comes Early in Flight1’s Cinderella Bid
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Flight1’s journey through Brackets for Good came to an abrupt end Friday night as Teenworks won the first-round tilt. “We’re disappointed of course but congratulations to Teenworks. We wish them good luck in the rest of the tournament,” said Flight1 founder Marcus Strawhorn. While the loss was a tough one, there was a silver lining. Flight1 raised over $1700 that will help accomplish our...

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Volunteer Profile: Steve Fleenor
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Technology has made some strides since Steve Fleenor first picked up a camera. Back then “instant” photos didn’t appear on an LED screen a millisecond later; they took about a minute to develop. His Polaroid Swinger, which produced a dozen or so prints before the bulky film pack had to be replaced, was a far cry from the Nikon D700 and memory card he...

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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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Flight1 Salutes “Twelve Seconds That Changed the World”
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The words quoted in the title are the perfect motto for the Wright Brothers National Memorial. One hundred ten years ago today, on a sandy, windswept field not far from the Atlantic Ocean, two brothers from Ohio achieved one of mankind’s greatest technological advances: powered flight. The events of December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina shaped the modern world in more ways...

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