103 First Flight Lessons and Counting

In the month of September, GKWFA offered its 103rd first flight lesson when Benjamin Vuu took to the skies over Southern California.

When asked what he enjoyed most about the flight, Benjamin said, “Everything! It was wonderful!” When asked if he found anything unexpected, he said, “Definitely how hard you have to yank on the controls.” This experience is quite common for those students who use computers at home to experience flight in a small aircraft. He also mentioned that hearing Air Traffic Control was something he did not expect and found intriguing.

Benjamin’s flight marked only the second flight that has occurred since flight operations were suspended at the start of the pandemic. “We’ve taken a number of steps to increase the safety of the flights, including sterilizing the cockpit before every flight, requiring mask usage for all cabin occupants, and requiring all occupants to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to the flight” said Dan Mikkelsen, GKWFA Executive Director who was also the flight instructor for the flight. “We’ll be taking small, incremental steps to restart our flight operations. The safety of our students and their families is our highest priority” Mikkelsen added.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a free, introductory flight lesson, please contact us at: givingkidswings@gmail.com or call us at (424)571-3533.