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Training Tomorrow’s Pilots in Today’s Schools

Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy (GKWFA) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation that provides professional aviation training for high school students.  The Academy teaches math and science through aviation and exposes students to aviation careers.  The program provides career flight training to all high school students, with a specific focus on increasing the role of minorities and women in aviation.


Featured Posts

Pursuing a Dream

On July 18, 2015, many months of intense study resulted in a happy result: Melvin Mateo passed his Private Pilot Written Exam. Mateo, a senior at DaVinci Science High School, has been in the Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy training program for the last 3 years. Melvin’s dreams of becoming an airline pilot began when […]

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Student First Flights

On 4 October, 2015, six students enrolled in the GKWFA ground school programs at Hawthorne and DaVinci Science High schools took to the skies for their first flight lesson at Torrance Airport, in Southern California. The flight was the first time some of the students had ever been in an airplane. As part of their […]

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Glider Training Camp – Summer 2015

During the last week of July, and first 3 weeks of August, 2015, six GKWFA students engaged in intensive glider flight training at Santa Barbara Soaring, located at Santa Ynez Airport, in California. After 150 training flights, three students soloed for the first time, a fourth student that previously soloed polished up his skills, and […]

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Current Program Enrollments

In August of 2015, GKWFA entered its sixth year of service, offering professional aviation training within the public school system. Our ground school currently enrolls 110 students, on two campuses: DaVinci Science and Hawthorne High School. Ten of our students are preparing to take the Private Pilot Written Exam within the next two months. Four […]

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Reward Flights for Hawthorne Robotics Team

Join us on Sunday, June 7th at Torrance Airport to celebrate the strong showing of the Hawthorne High School Robotics Team at the National Robotics Competition in Missouri last month.  Around 30-40 students will be taking to the skies, many for the very first time, in partnership with the Young Eagles.   Flights will commence […]

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