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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. The Academy teaches math and science through aviation, introduces students to aviation careers, and provides career flight training to high school students. The program also maintains a specific focus on increasing the participation of minorities and women in aviation.

 

Featured Posts

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 […]

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Alumni Profile: Jonathan Aguirre Finds Purpose as an Aviation Technician

Like many high school students, Jonathan Aguirre went into his senior year unsure of his life purpose or direction. The future was a big question mark, and he wasn’t making much progress in finding his way to an answer. But a school counselor’s suggestion that he try taking Aviation and Flight 101, a class offered […]

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First Female GKWFA Student Solos, Setting an Exciting Precedent

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 […]

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Events

2021 Flight Training Camps Are Coming!

Preparations are currently underway for the 2021 Glider and Powered Aircraft Training Camps. The programs have been offered annually by GKWFA during the summer months since 2014. This past summer, the 2020 camps were canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. “Although frustrating, it was definitely the wisest course of action to cancel the 2020 […]

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