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. 1

    That is so cool!!! How many kiddos can say they’ve actually flown a plane? What a cool thing to add to his list of accomplishments. Wow!

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    Trevor Spedding says:

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

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    gramma teetsie says:

    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…….

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    gramma teetsie says:

    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……

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    Grandma dawn says:

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

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    Sara says:

    That is so awesome! Way to go, Michael man!!

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    Kellyn says:

    That is FREAKING cool!! I love it! How awesome for him!

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    Michelle says:

    Wow! What a great program! And how fun for Michael. Will you be my mom?

  9. 9

    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!

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    angie says:

    What an amazing opportunity, Kudos to him for sticking the program out to reap the rewards of his hard work at the end!

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    Eileen says:

    AMAZING pictures of Michael!!!!!!!

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    Molly says:

    Wow! Love how big Michael’s grin is–as if his face might break if it were any bigger! <3

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    debi9kids says:

    What an awesome, AWESOME experience!
    Great photos and that smile is priceless.

  14. 14

    I saw the photo you tweeted when he did this, but reading this post made me so teary-eyed. Michael isn’t even my child, but I’m so very proud of him and excited that he had such an amazing opportunity!

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    Chelsea says:

    HE is so cool! And YOU and Steve are so cool to let him experience this!

  16. 16

    Oh wow. That is amazing!

  17. 17

    That is so COOL! I bet he’s been walking on Cloud 9 ever since! :)

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    darcie-such the spot says:

    Yay Michael! Love that program. {Looks like Michael did, too!}.

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    Christi says:

    Amazing! Way to go, Michael!! I LOVE that last photo. :-)

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    Meryl says:

    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!

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    Christina says:

    What a fantastic program!!! That smile on his face in the last picture says everything!!

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    dayna says:

    Good for Michael! What an accomplishment!

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    Stephanie says:

    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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