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The Chattanooga Choo Choo Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held the Second Annual Challenge Air Fly Day at Wilson Air Center on April 28th.
Challenge Air, a nationwide non-profit organization, plans and facilitates Fly Day Events to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift of flight.
The founder of Challenge Air, Rick Amber, once said the only person that is limited is one with a limited mind. Once that barrier is broken, ones true potential can be reached.
Organizers say this years event was much larger than last year's, as 51 children and their family members flew with a local pilot who had volunteered their plane, and time. Before a flight, the child and their family attend Ground School, where they learn about basic aviation safety rules and general familiarization. Afterwards, they meet with their pilot and load team members, who help them down a red carpet, while being cheered on from everyone. After the flight, they receive their wings and a Pilot certificate.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol also conducted aviation education workshops. CAP volunteer 2nd Lt. Frank Fry provided hands-on projects ...