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 […]
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 […]
On May 11, 2015, the late 1960’s Mooney 20E arrived at Hawthorne High School, its interim home for the near future. As part of the new Aviation Maintenance Technician program being launched in the Engineering Academy in 2015 – 2016, students will be performing restoration work the aircraft under the guidance of an Airframe and Powerplant instructor.
Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy students Derek Ortiz and Vivian Mason joined founder and executive director Dan Mikkelsen and guest Mayra Harris for the first annual Endeavor Awards dinner underneath the Endeavour Space Shuttle. The Endeavor Awards celebrated the efforts of volunteer pilots who made a major difference in the lives of individuals in need. […]
Over the next two years, GKWFA will be completing the establishment of a four-year flight academy at Hawthorne High School. At full operational capacity, hundreds of students will receive daily ground, PC-simulated, and actual flight instruction. Flight students progress from gliders to powered aircraft, earning their Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor licenses and ratings in the […]