This is the fourth year of the Able Flight/Purdue program to bring people with physical disabilities into aviation and, as with the first three years, the student pilots selected to train there share a common belief that hard work and determination will overcome any physical challenges they face.
Able Flight encourages people with a variety of disabilities to apply to become an Able Flight Scholar. Applicants must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, and be able to operate the controls of the training aircraft. Special controls will be available for Able Flight Scholars as needed.
Above all, potential scholarship candidates must be dedicated to the idea that they, too, can change their lives by learning to fly.
There are four types of scholarships, and instructions are on the forms:
Full Scholarships are designed for people who wish to earn a Sport Pilot license. Applicants must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate the controls of the training aircraft. Special controls will be available for Able Flight Scholars as needed.
Scholarship applications are accepted at any time and reviewed on a continuing basis. Most training now takes place during May and June of each year. Full Flight Training Scholarship Application.
Return To Flight Scholarships are for those who have become disabled after already having earned a pilot’s license, and now wish to return to flying under the Sport Pilot Rule. Return to Flight Scholarship Application
Flight Training Challenge Scholarships are for those who can benefit from dual instruction only, and have no current plans to seek a Sport Pilot License. Flight Training Challenge Scholarship Application
Career Training Scholarships are for those who wish to train to earn an FAA-issued Repairman Certificate (Light Sport Aircraft) with Maintenance Rating, or an FAA Dispatcher License, or at the discretion of the scholarship committee, the scholarship may be used for academic expenses while training for an aviation career. Career Training Scholarship Application