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 …

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 …

The Families of Flight1

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 …