Flight1 Accommodates Needs of Courageous Fliers

Families of potential Courageous Fliers are sometimes concerned about whether their child will be up to taking a flight or participating in an activity on a given day. At a stressful and unpredictable time, they’re understandably reluctant to take on more commitments. But if anyone understands that some delays are unavoidable, it’s a pilot. In aviation, patience and flexibility are a way …

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 …

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 …

Courageous Fliers Pilot Most Popular Plane in the World

  The 172 has four seats, one engine, and one wing mounted above the cabin, so it’s classified as a single-engine high-wing monoplane. It sits on three wheels that can’t be retracted, also known as a fixed tricycle landing gear. It flies at a top speed of about 145 MPH. From the outside, a modern 172 doesn’t look that much …

Simulator is Starting Point for Courageous Fliers

A journey of a thousand miles—or in this case, to a thousand feet—begins with a single step. Flight1’s Courageous Fliers take that step by testing their wings in a state-of-the-art flight simulator before moving on to a real Cessna 172. But what exactly is a flight simulator, and why have they become a critical part of flight training all over …

Community Day Aims to Make a Splash…of Gold!

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 …

Hope Neely Joins Flight1 as Program Director

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 …

Donor Feels Personal Tie to Flight1’s Mission

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 …

Composer’s Generosity Will Help Flight1 Climb

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 …

Cupcake Campaign Aims to Bake a Difference

Flight1’s volunteers help build confidence in children who face health challenges or have lost an immediate family member to illness. One of those volunteers also bakes a mean cupcake! Kim Beaty-Nowacki’s talent for creating custom treats will come in handy during Flight1’s upcoming Cupcake Campaign. The April drive will help build or strengthen partnerships with about 20 other local nonprofits. “There …

Courageous Fliers Leave Clouds Behind

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 …

2013 Brought Growth, Partnerships and Confidence

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 …

Midnight Comes Early in Flight1’s Cinderella Bid

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 …

Flight1 Chases Glass Slipper in Nonprofit Competition

March Madness is right around the corner and so is Indy’s own Brackets for Good, where charities like Flight1 advance through the rounds based on donations to their cause.The winner won’t get to cut down the nets but they will take home a $10,000 prize! “We’re proud to be a part of Brackets for Good for the first time,” says Flight1 …