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 […]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. 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.
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 […]Read More
By Tabby Yang. Melvin Mateo has wanted to become a pilot ever since he was a 9-year-old kid. He lived near LAX growing up, and remembers climbing onto his roof to watch planes taking off from the airport and sailing across blue skies. “The systems involved and everything associated with flying have given me the […]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
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 […]Read More