90 Student First Flights and Counting

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 Torrance High School. Glenn’s father is a Private Pilot, so he has had quite a bit of exposure to aviation. Alan had not flown in an aircraft of any kind since he was three years old. Both were very excited to have the opportunity.

The first flight lesson allows students to see first hand what is involved with piloting a real aircraft. It helps them better decide if flying is a career they would like to explore. If they desire to pursue flight further, glider/soaring training is the next step for students age 14 – 16. Students age 17 or older can begin directly on powered aircraft if they desire to do so. “Our mission is to apply math and science, introduce students to aviation careers, and to train students for professional aviation careers” Mikkelsen said. “We desire to build a career pathway from the high school environment directly to the regional carriers and charter flight operators.”

Currently, there are seven students waiting to experience their first flight in a small aircraft. If you would like to help more students experience flight for the first time, please donate today. Your tax-deductible gift will allow us to fulfill our mission.