Michael’s Wright Flight

Since October, Michael has been staying after school every week to study different aspects of aviation.

In order to get into Wright Flight, he had to set some academic goals… and achieve them.

His reward? He was able to fly across Tucson in a small airplane with this amazing volunteer pilot and after reaching flying altitude, take the controls for about 30 minutes.

Michael said it was “awesome” and that he now wants to take flying lessons…

The coolest thing about the flight was seeing his classmates in other planes while he was flying. He was able to wave to them, just like if he was in a car. Oh, and he saw someone in their swimming pool. He said that was cool.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

The pre-flight briefing

The pre-flight check

Getting in the plane

Getting ready to leave

Taxiing

After the flight

Michael is still beaming.

This program? Made possible by volunteers. The pilots, the coordinators, the planes, the fuel. All of it.

Jack is counting down until 5th grade, so he can do it :)

This post is linked with the Wordless and Wordful Wednesday carnival over at Parenting by Dummies, Seven Clown Circus, and Live and Love… Out Loud You should go check them out because they’re three of my favorite people :)

Comments

  1. I have got my private pilots licence. One of the greatest achievements of my life. Hope Michael goes on to get his.

  2. My favorite picture is Jack reaching up his arms as if to say ‘Thank God, you made it back’. So excited for him because I can see the gleem in his eyes. Watch out American Airlines…….

  3. My favorite picture is Jack reaching up his arms as if to say ‘Thank God, you made it back’. So excited for him because I can see the gleem in his eyes. Watch out American Airlines…….Love you Michael Man. Way to go……

  4. I love it! And agree with Grandma Teetsie. Love the picture of Jack reaching up. What a wonderful achievement for Michael! :)

  5. He looks sooooooo grown up that I teared up a bit. Felt a bit of panic at him sitting in the plane.
    Then I realized Andrew is the same age.
    GASP!
    So proud of him, love the grin on Steve’s face!

  6. My son did this and LOVED it. He is now in college and has other passions but his flying experience, his juggling responsibilities were invaluable. Enjoy!

  7. That program is so awesome & motivating! Hooray for the Vail School District, right? :)

    Congrats to Michael – your star student and aspiring pilot. He’s soaring, that’s for certain.

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