Purdue University is celebrating 10 years of collaboration with Able Flight, a nonprofit that gives people living with disabilities the opportunity to learn to fly. Students in the program are slated to start flying today at the Purdue University Airport.
The students will master piloting a plane in order to earn a light sport pilot license. As part of their training, students will fly at least twice each day now through June, as well as learning in the classroom.
Bernie Wulle, associate professor of aviation, has facilitated Purdue’s partnership the Able Flight program. He said the program brings in a variety of people each year, but that they are all goal-oriented.
“They don’t let their disability slow them down,” he said in a news release. “They’re here for a purpose and are really motivated to learn and succeed.”