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
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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.
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 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
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