"You have brains
in your head.
You have feet
in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose."

  • Dr. Suess

I've always loved that quote by Dr. Suess -especially this time of year. It's a new school year filled with new beginnings, new adventures and new challenges.

Good luck with whatever you are embarking on right now. Remember, Challenge Air's mission is to build confidence and self-esteem in children and youth with special needs through the gift of flight! Check out the calendar and come fly with us! Because, if YOU can a fly an airplane, YOU can do anything!

Take care and happy flying!

April Culver, CEO/Executive Director
Kansas City....Here we come!

The next Fly Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City, MO- Sept 10
Denver, CO- Oct 1
Atlanta, GA- Oct 15
Tulsa, OK- Oct 22
*Conroe, TX- Nov 12 (*at capacity for kids) volunteers/pilots welcome to register

Families, pilots and volunteers can register for an event below.
WIN Forever Boy at the Kansas City Fly Day

We are so excited to announce that one lucky family from the Kansas City Fly Day will get to take home the book Forever Boy.

From the creator of the popular blog, Finding Coopers Voice, Kate Swenson writes an honest and inspiring memoir of autism, motherhood, and love.
"It's amazing to see that this is really possible..."
(Copilot Daniel's mom)
click the link below to watch this shareable moment
“Once you're in the air, you feel that sense of freedom... of no limits.”
– Jessica Cox
Meet Carl Corns
"We treat the [Co-pilots] like VIP's.. I just love that". Volunteer Pilot and Board of Trustees member, Carl Corns, speaks about why he first got involved in Challenge Air for Kids and Friends. Watch below:
Midwest Ability Summit

Only a couple of days away! This is a FREE event in the greater Kansas City area.

The Midwest Ability Summit is a “one-stop” opportunity for persons with disabilities, their caregivers/families and/or professionals who serve persons with disabilities to gain information about valuable resources and products.

Will we see you there? Learn more here.
Early Giving Starts 9.1.22

This year, on Thursday, September 22, 2022, Challenge Air is participating in Communities Foundation of Texas’ NTX Giving Day, a one-day online giving extravaganza for our whole region.

We invite you to join the movement and help us reach our goal of $15,000!

✔️You can start with early giving on September, 1st.

✔️Help spread the word. Grab the details here. Don’t forget to tag @challengeair and #NTxGivingDay if you’re posting online! Encourage your friends and family to get up and give as well! 

✔️Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on NTX Giving Day!

AOPA Aviator Showcase

AOPA’s Aviator Showcase is back with a NEW date, November 17th, 2022.

Connecting pilots and aircraft owners with an in-person buying experience.

Join hundreds of pilots and aircraft owners for an exclusive gathering with the industry’s leading experts in avionics and cockpit technology, flight planning and weather resources, and aircraft manufacturing and sales.

Purchase tickets in advanced here. Be sure to stop by the Challenge Air booth to learn more about how you can get involved.
Aerospace Coloring

Drive away boredom with these free, aerospace-themed coloring pages while learning some history! Special thanks to Frontiers of Flight Museum volunteer, Craig Marckwardt for creating these.

The Jenny was first produced in 1915 and trained nearly every American pilot who flew in WWI. Nearly 7,000 Jennys were produced.

Click here to print, learn and color!
Spotlight on Mitch

Meet Mitch West from Colorado!

Mitch has been flying for over 40 years and has flown with Challenge Air for the last 6.

"I have long enjoyed working with and supporting youth, especially in regard to flying. I am a member of Civil Air Patrol and have been responsible for our Wing’s Cadet Orientation Flight program for the last 5 years. I have been privileged to have flown over 250 cadets during that time, helping to establish interest in flying and in many cases supporting their goals to become pilots and in many cases future military officers.

I learned of Challenge Air several years ago and have enjoyed the opportunity to support a new community of “copilots”, especially when I have been able to fly the children of several of my friends and acquaintances, all of whom have been thrilled to get in the air!"

You will find Mitch flying a Cessna Turbo Centurion T210.

Mitch's favorite place to fly? "Flagstaff, AZ…flying from Denver takes us over amazing Canyon Country into the red rock territory of Sedona/Flagstaff/Grand Canyon".

Thank you Mitch for your service to the Challenge Air Community all these years.
"Such a great event and cause! Thanks for making a difference in my family's life!"
-Janell L
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