Like many high school students, Jonathan Aguirre went into his senior year unsure of his life purpose or direction. The future was a big question mark, and he wasn’t making much progress in finding his way to an answer. But a school counselor’s suggestion that he try taking Aviation and Flight 101, a class offered […]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. The Academy teaches math and science through aviation, introduces students to aviation careers, and provides career flight training to high school students. The program also maintains a specific focus on increasing the participation of minorities and women in aviation.
By Tabby Yang. Melvin Mateo has wanted to become a pilot ever since he was a 9-year-old kid. He lived near LAX growing up, and remembers climbing onto his roof to watch planes taking off from the airport and sailing across blue skies. “The systems involved and everything associated with flying have given me the […]Read More
On Sunday, 18 November, GKWFA completed it’s 4th student first flight for the 2018-2019 school year, and our 90th since we began flight operations six years ago. Glenn Fischer and Alan Parra Delgado took to the skies for their first flight lesson at Torrance Airport, in Southern California. The two students are engineering students at […]Read More
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
On Wednesday, 17 October, students from Torrance High School gathered in the General Aviation Building at Torrance Municipal Airport for the launch of the 2018 – 2019 flight training program. Although not directly affiliated with the Torrance School District, the program will feature a four-flight orientation ride program for students in the engineering program that […]Read More