With special guests Patty Wagstaff, famed famed airshow pilot Alan Henley, and AOPA President Mark Baker there to do the honors, four new Able Flight pilots received their wings at a July 29th ceremony at EAA AirVenture. Curtis Stanley, Jason Gibson, Ellen Howards and Tim Klemm were on stage in Boeing Plaza before a crowd of more than 100 friends and sponsors of Able Flight on a beautiful Oshkosh morning.
Also attending were Purdue flight instructors Nick Losande, Thomas Keiffer, and Lucero Duran. In a surprise announcement, Duran and Paczolt were named Able Flight’s “Instructors of the Year” for 2014 with Duran’s award presented by Bernie Wulle and John Wensveen of Purdue University.
During the ceremony Ellen Howards was named the recipient of the AOPA/Able Flight Scholarship and her wings were pinned by AOPA President Mark Baker. Tim Klemm was selected to be the first recipient of the Shell Aviation/Able Flight Scholarship in honor of Alan Henely, and Henley was there to pin Tim’s wings. Selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bombardier/Able Flight Scholarship was Curtis Stanley, and there to pin his wings was Matt Brandon of Bombardier.
Each of the new pilots also received a free headset from Able Flight sponsor Sennheiser, and the headsets were presented by Chris Throndsen of Sennheiser.
Other special guests included Able Flight pilots Deirdre Dacey and Sean O’Donnell, and sponsors Tyson Weihs, Jason Miller and Angela Anderson of ForeFlight, Bob Stangerone of Embraer, and Jim Irwin and Desiree Czaplinski of Aircraft Spruce.