Able Flight and Ohio State University will partner on a new flight training program for people with physical disabilities beginning in May, 2017. Able Flight’s Charles Stites said, “We are excited and honored to partner with a university aviation program with the history and stature of Ohio State. It is our hope that in addition to the high level flight training our students will receive, that they will also have the opportunity to explore the broad offering of aviation education opportunities at Ohio State.”
The program will begin with two Able Flight Scholarship recipients who will take part in an intensive six week program at the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, and who will be trained by Ohio State instructors. Ohio State University has one of the country’s premier flight training programs, and its graduates are represented throughout business, commercial and military aviation.
“The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated the determination required to learn to fly. Our staff is looking forward to working with these highly motivated scholarship recipients,” said Brandon Mann, Ohio State Flight Education Director.
Beginning with meetings at EAA AirVenture this past July, Able Flight quickly discovered that Ohio State shared a goal of providing aviation opportunities for people with disabilities, and with this new partnership, Able Flight will now be able to expand its flight training program to a second university. Since 2010, Able Flight has had a continuing partnership with Purdue University to train Able Flight scholarship recipients, and 2017 will mark the eighth consecutive year of training at Purdue.
To learn more about aviation at Ohio State University, visit https://aviation.osu.edu/.