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MISSION: Through the joy of flight we build confidence in children facing medical challenges or who have lost a family member to illness.
WHO WE ARE:
Flight1 is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization and 501(c)(3) public charity created in 2011. We work to build confidence in children ages 5 to 18 who face medical challenges or have lost a family member to illness. Our "Courageous Fliers" build their confidence by flying an airplane under the guidance of a Certified Flight Instructor, being recognized as members of the aviation community, and particpating in ongoing flight-related activities.
HOW IT'S DONE:
Flight1 is built from passion and a lot of hard work. We have partnerships with Indianapolis Regional Airport, Vincennes University's Aviation Tech Center, and children's advocacy organizations. These affiliations, combined with donation of time, funds, and service from the community, allow the Courageous Flier program to provide flights and flight simulator sessions for our participants. To provide ongoing support, the children are invited to stay in the program for a three-year period.
WHY WE DO IT:
Simply put: because we want to and because we can. The organizers of Flight1 have a passion for both aviation and children. With the same passion shared by supporting individuals, organizations, and communities, the mission of Flight1 is achieved.