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
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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.
GKWFA has received a number of smaller donations, totaling 650$, in memory of Helmut Kaufman. The donations were directed to GKWFA at the request of Helmut’s son, Karl Kaufman, in order to honor Helmut’s life-long love of aviation. Please take a moment to read the moving historical bio of Helmut. Our thanks to Karl, William […]Read More
On Saturday, 13 March, GKWFA completed it’s 16th student first flight for the year, and our 72 since we began flight operations four years ago. Combined with reoccurring orientation flights, this brings to the total number of students flown to 21 for the current school year. For the students that took to the skies for […]Read More
On 4 January, 2016, after many months of intense study and flight training, high school senior, Melvin Mateo, passed his Private Pilot Practical Exam and earned his Private Pilots License. The passage marked the completion of six months of hard work. Mateo, a senior at DaVinci Science High School, has been in the Giving Kids […]Read More
From early June until the end of August, 2016, GKWFA and Santa Barbara Soaring (SBS) will partner to train between 12 – 24 students through the solo and Private License – Glider level. This will be the third summer of the partnership between GKWFA and SBS. The collaboration began during the summer of 2014, with […]Read More