A Little Bit of Confidence

Can you help a child join the Victor Squad? We are so excited to offer this opportunity to build the confidence of kids whose health does not allow them to take part in our flight programming. When you sponsor a Victor Squad stuffed animal, it will travel the country with pilots from our partner, Jet Linx. We will take photos …

As “Simple” as Taking Flight

Our mission is pretty clear. We strive to build confidence in kids, specifically kids who have had a health challenge somewhere in their family. We use aviation to do that. Simple, right?   What often surprises me as I get to know the families in our program, is how not simple their lives are. First of all, there are the …

Evan and Claire

I was struggling to schedule busy siblings Evan and Claire together for the same flight day. Claire (pictured) didn’t want to do her flight without her big brother around. He wasn’t nervous at all, but had a scheduling complication. You see, Evan is a 23 year-old pharmacy student at Butler, and Claire was 20 years old and working a summer …

Raistlin’s Unexpected Inspiration

  It was a beautiful evening, smooth air, sparkling taxiway and runway lights, quiet. Raistlin and his parents, two sisters, and a friend all arrived for their second year Bravo night flight. Everyone was excited. It had been a few years since their last flight, the time punctuated by cancer treatment and hospital stays, and the whole family was happy …

Choosing Wisely as Executive Director

One of the biggest challenges I have encountered as an executive director of a small nonprofit is trying to predict what will be the best use of my time. Because I am the only employee, I try to prioritize what fundraising endeavors will be the most impactful.   If I have five hours to devote to fundraising, should I work …

Drew’s Story

As you know, the mission here at Flight1 is all about raising confidence in children whose families have been impacted by a serious health challenge, using the joy of flight. That seems straightforward enough, and we have a curriculum set up for that. But the thing about children is you can’t always predict what will work for each one!   …

The Wright Way

It all starts with a dream – or at least that is what one hears time and time again. But in 1878, when Orville and Wilbur Wright began testing flying machines at the ages of 7 and 11, that is definitely all it was. The only contraptions that could fly people were hot air balloons, which were not the most …

Air Traffic Control Clears Flight1 for Special Recognition

What do Courageous Fliers 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 …

The Value of a Corporate Sponsor

Financing a nonprofit is a bit of a balancing act. Focus on connecting with possible corporation sponsors. Engage with private individual donors. Apply to a grant. Schedule another meeting with a corporate sponsor. Plan a fundraising event. Repeat and tailor to each individual entity.   Corporate sponsors can require an extra level of follow-up if they prefer to decide individually …

Help Me Fly

  All this month, we have been telling you about our first three Courageous Fliers to go through the entire Flight1 program. I hope you have had a chance to read about Grace, Tommy, and Shawn in our blog posts, and to understand what the support of Flight1 has meant to them. We decided to call our fall fundraising drive …

Shawn

This month we have been telling you about our first three Courageous Flier mentors. Each of them had a serious health challenge affect their family. Each of these three happened to lose a parent. Not all of the children in Flight1 have lost a mother or father, but this can bring an added level of confidence loss for kids. Shawn …

Tommy

Tommy is a kind, friendly, easy-going kid. He laughs and jokes, and you’d never guess that he has dealt with more in his life than many adults.  Tommy and his mom were making it on their own, after the sudden loss of his father. One of Tommy’s anchors in life is participating in the Boy Scouts of America. He and …

Grace

Grace knew flying was in her blood. She had grown up thinking of aviation in relation to her father, a professional pilot. Her mom took photos of her trying to wear her dad’s pilot gear. Of course, she was swimming in the adult size clothes, but she couldn’t have known what significance those trappings of flight would come to have. …

Courageous Fliers Help Kick Off Thrilling Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 2 was very special for Courageous Fliers Grace, Shawn, and Tommy. Aside from seeing some amazing flying, the three participated in the opening ceremonies! Grace and Shawn each rode with a race pilot in a track parade of historic pace cars from the Indy …

The Original Courageous Fliers

    Dear Friends, In the month of October, we want you to get to know some of the amazing children in Flight1 the way that we know them. All of the kids in our program are inspiring and have incredible stories, but in the coming weeks, I want to tell you about three of them in particular. Grace, Tommy, …