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Phone: 919-942-4699

Chapel Hill
North Carolina
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Target demographics: Able Flight serves a diverse population of people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, those with spinal cord injuries, wounded and disabled veterans, and those with Cerebral Palsy, MS, and loss of limb(s).

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Flight Training Scholarships
Aviation Career Training Scholarships
Scholarships for wounded veterans

Able Flight's mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.
Able Flight was founded in June of 2006, and awarded its first flight training scholarships in December of 2006. Since then it has awarded over 50 scholarships, and forty one recipients are now licensed pilots.

Beginning in 2010, Able Flight partnered with Purdue University on a annual joint flight training program. To date, 23 students have attended with all seventeen earning their pilot licenses, a 100% success rate!

In 2011 Able Flight began awarding Aviation Career Training Scholarships, and as of August 2014 has awarded nine career training scholarships..

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Being awarded the Able flight scholarship was likely the best gift of my life. I spent the summer at Purdue with a group of student pilots from different parts of the country, and with different disabilities. We were united by our love for flying, and encouraged one another and celebrated our ... more »
My name is Robin Rhodes, I’m an Aviation Resource Manager in the USAF, but more importantly I'm Tyrell Rhodes mom. Tyrell was a 2012 Able Flight student. His interest in aviation began at a very young age. Ty has lived on or near Air Force base his entire life. Almost daily he would go outside ... more »
Able flight has made a monumental impact in my families lives with their program. My husband, a disabled veteran, participated in the program this year (2014) and the experience completely changed the trajectory of our lives for the better. Kurt (my hubby) had dreamed of flying his whole life, yet ... more »
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