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WRIGHT FLIGHT INC

Be a part of a student’s Fly Day graduation from Wright Flight programs by volunteering to help at a Fly Day! On Fly Days, volunteers help in a wide variety of roles as part of a team. The "ground" team is responsible for welcoming and checking in students, taking photos, printing photos/certificates, acting as safety "escorts" and handing out T-shirts and snacks. Specialized training is available to act as a safety briefer, dispatch students to their planes, and/or direct plane traffic on the ground by acting as a marshal. All ground volunteers work under the direction of the Fly Day Coordinator.

Be a part of a student’s Fly Day graduation from Wright Flight programs by volunteering to fly! Wright Flight has three Cessna-172’s that are used on Fly Day, and always welcome pilots with their own small planes. Pilots play a very special role on Fly Days as they interact with students one-on-one and pose for "hero shot" photos. Pilots are also needed on non-fly days to fly maintenance flights or to help move the fleet from one airport to another. Wright Flight planes are available to our volunteer pilots to maintain currency levels. All pilots fly under the direction of the Fly Day Supervisor (on Fly Days) and/or our Pilot Coordinator. Please contact us for currencies and flight hours requirements.

Wright Flight also needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at other times. This behind the scenes work helps keep the office running on a budget and prepares for Fly Days to run smoothly. Projects vary greatly. They might be done in the office, at the airport/hangar, or from home, and are usually performed individually or with a small group. Projects might include anything from basic office tasks such as filing or assembling student curriculum binders to organizing merchandise, preparing materials for Fly Day, or even washing the aircraft. Grant writers are also needed to research and submit proposals to funding organizations or sponsors. Do you have a special skill or talent you’d like to share? Let us know! Office volunteers work under the direction of the Office Administrator. Grant writers work under the direction of Robin Stoddard, Executive Director.

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About WRIGHT FLIGHT INC

Location:

7075 S PLUMER AVE 14, TUCSON, AZ 85756, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Wright Flight is to use the inherent motivational power of aviation as a stimulus for students to set and achieve higher goals in their educational and personal development. We teach students that through commitment and hard work, they can achieve their goals, earn the reward of exciting aviation-related experiences and develop a more positive self-concept. Wright Flight reflects real life. It’s not your "normal" non-profit organization. Nor is it like a team where everybody gets a trophy. Kids learn you have to earn the right to graduate. If you don’t work hard, you won’t get off the ground. More than anything else, Wright Flight shows that raising standards and expectations is the best way to raise self-esteem. Our kids set a goal, meet a challenge, and change their life.

Description

Wright Flight, Inc., named after the Wright Brothers, is a unique program that began in Tucson in 1986. Wright Flight was founded by Lt. Col. Robin Stoddard, USAF (ret.) who, at the time, was an Air Force Fighter pilot.

Each year, over 1000 local students learn about the achievements of historical figures in aviation, complete a formal contract with their own goal, and work hard to achieve it with the guidance of their teacher/club leader. Successful graduates earn the chance to fly a small plane alongside an experienced volunteer pilot at a "Fly Day".

We introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers to students as young as ten years old. The outcomes for program graduates include better grades, better attitudes at school and home, increased self-confidence and a success mentality. Wright Flight is proud to be welcoming our second generation of students. Many of our students' parents and teachers come to us after having a Wright Flight experience of their own.

Wright Flight programs would not be possible without the partnership of local teachers, schools, donors, pilots, and ground volunteers. Together we can help kids reach new heights!

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

11700 West Avra Valley RoadMarana, AZ 85653

(32.40622,-111.21474)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Aviation

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One Fly Day/Month through the school year (Sep-May). Fly Days are generally scheduled on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons. Saturday Fly Days may last up to 6 hours (roughly 7am-1pm). Weekdays are shorter, lasting 2-3 hours (usually 2-5pm)
  • Must be comfortable around grade-school children. Knowledge of planes / aviation / education is a plus but not required.

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