Donovan Burns has had a love affair with flight since early childhood. Pursuing a career in flight has enabled him to pursue several exciting careers, including piloting patrol planes for the U.S. navy, flight instructing for the New Zealand Air Force, and performing search and rescue missions for the U.S. Coast Guard. He is now […]Read More
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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.
On August 11, 2016, Emma Hall successfully landed her first solo glider flight at Santa Ynez Airport, becoming the first female Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy student to do so. Her grandmother, Carol Keene, noticed that when she landed and got out of the plane, Emma’s face was “full of pride and the thrill of […]Read More
After much study and hard work, high school students Emil Beaird, Asa Cusick, and Tim Marin passed their licensing exams this past summer and earned their private pilot certificates with a glider rating. Their accomplishments came after all three had participated in year-long flight school ground training seminars hosted by Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy […]Read More
Jody Wali took his first flying lesson at age 20 in 1976. In his flight log book, he had written only three words after landing his first solo flight: “First solo… WOW.” Shortly after completing his training, he began to instruct other flight enthusiasts and in just two years, had over 25 students. He began […]Read More
In mid-July and early August 2016, five new GKWFA students participated in glider flight training at Santa Barbara Soaring, located at Santa Ynez Airport in California. Waking up early to start training at 8:00 a.m. and staying until about 5 p.m., the students spent their days at the camp being taught to fly glider aircraft. […]Read More