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Able Flight

Rating: 5 stars   64 reviews 5,306


91 Oak Leaf Lane Chapel Hill NC 27514 USA


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 60 scholarships, and forty seven recipients are now licensed pilots. Beginning in 2010, Able Flight partnered with Purdue University on a annual joint flight training program. To date, 27 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 2015 has awarded eleven career training scholarships..

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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).

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Flight Training Scholarships Aviation Career Training Scholarships Scholarships for wounded veterans

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Able Flight has been the best program I have ever had the opportunity to attend. As a 43 year old T-6 paraplegic there are many activities that are limited by my physical abilities. Able Flight’s program is designed to eliminate that physical limitation to become a pilot. Never would I have thought this would be possible and now it has changed my life. When I tell people that I’m a sport pilot they usually flip out and find it hard to believe I can fly a plane. And I always tell them it would not have been possible for me without Able Flight’s program donations and instructors. I can’t think the dedicated sponsors and flight instructors enough for what they do in enriching my life and other Able Flight’s successful sport pilots. The flight instructors are extremely professional and were able to demonstrate a lot of patience for me to be successful. Able Flight’s program is well designed in every detail including housing and meals. I have been very fortunate to be a part of this amazing program and hope that it will continue for years to come. Thank you Able Flight sponsors, Director and flight instructors! ~ Johnny R.

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As an instructor for Able Flight this past summer, I could not have had more of a rewarding experience. Not only was the flying a challenge and fun, but getting to know the students, other instructors, and other members of the Able Flight team is a memory I'll never forget.

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Changing lives one flight at a time. Anyone with any disability who wants to challenge themselves to a greater height ... needs to visit ableflight

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I'm a rec therapist and understand the value of findings ways to make all recreational activities accessible. This is a great organization to do just that!

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Without Able Flight and their sponsors, I wouldn't be a pilot today. About 10 years ago, I broke my neck and became paralyzed. I thought my dream of learning to fly would be nearly impossible to achieve, but Able Flight and the great flight instructors at Purdue University made it a reality. I'm now one of only a handful of quadriplegic pilots in the world, and I love being able to fly around with my friends. My life has been changed for the better now that I realize there are no limits to what we can do. Some of the best days of my life happened during my time with Able Flight, and I hope to see the organization continue its growth to be able to reach even more people in the future.

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Charles and everyone at Able Flight is an amazing and generous group of people. They were able to make my dream of becoming a pilot and flying again a reality. They made sure that my room I was staying while I was going through flight training was wheelchair accessible and that I was taken care of daily with meals. The instructors at the Able Flight program are amazing, caring and really want to see that you succeed. Charles does this out of the kindness of his heart and I could tell when meeting him that he takes pride in the Able Flight program and will do everything he can to ensure we have everything we need to accomplish our goal of becoming Light Sports Licensed Pilot. On top of that, the pinning ceremony at AirVenture was out of this world and made me feel proud to become one of the 1% of the population that are licensed pilots. I can't thank Charles and the sponsors of Able Flight enough for my dream come true. This is a worthy cause to donate to and if you are thinking about donating, you absolutely should because there are other persons with disabilities who have the same dream that I have and need your support.

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In the worls of aviation, especially of flight instructing, every where we go to teach has its ups and downs as well as their "rewards" for each studdnet you work with and watch them grow and develop into the pilot you have trained them to be! At Able Flight, the reward of working with all kinds of people with different stories and backgrounds is unlike any other teaching experience. To see a group of ladies/gentlemen so eager to learn how to fly--despite their physical challenges, as well as such a dedicated staff in Mr. Stites and Purdue's liason Mr. Wesley Major made every second with Able flight fun and enjoyable!

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Working as a flight instructor for Able Flight was an incredible opportunity. The students and other instructors were fantastic to work with. I would also like to thank Mr. Stites for being so devoted to the program ensuring that it was running smoothly every day. Working with the able flight pilots was amazing. The students showed up every day ready to work. They would fly multiple times each day and every flight you could see much improvement. It was really fun watching the students progress every day. As a flight instructor it was a very rewarding experience. Thank you so much to everyone involved with Able Flight for giving me the opportunity to work with you. I think what you guys do is amazing and really shows how capable people with disabilities are.

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I can easily say that my two years spent instructing for the Able Flight program have been my most rewarding experience in aviation. The work Able Flight does for people with disabilities, including Veterans, is awe -inspiring. I have never worked with people who were so determined to achieve their goals, both in regards to the students and staff. The dedication from Mr. Stites, the students, and the rest of the Able Flight staff is what really sets this program apart from the rest.

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As an instructor for Able Flight, I have been given an incredible opportunity. Getting to meet the students that go through this program truly is a great experience. Despite the challenges presented to them, the students have more motivation than any I have worked with before. It made instructing them easy. The support given by the organization was extremely helpful as well.

Able Flight has been doing great things for many years now, and I look forward to being a part of this organization again in the future.

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