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The Class of 2015: Able Flight Students Earn Their Wings at AirVenture
July 21, 2015 - Able Flight's newest six pilots received their wings during a ceremony Tuesday on Boeing Plaza at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, with Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Patty Wagstaff, Able Flight grad Jessica Cox and AOPA President Mark Baker presenting the wings.
Able Flight's Class of 2015 includes one pilot born without hands or feet, two quadriplegics, one paraplegic, one who is deaf and another who is a wounded veteran.
The 2015 Able Flight grads include: Scot Abrams of New York; Stephen Carrier of Louisiana; Randy Green of Idaho; Sgt. Adam Kisielewski of Maryland; John Robinson of North Carolina; and Raymart Tinio of California.
Abrams, Carrier, Robinson, and Tinio trained at Able Flight's joint training program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, flying two specially-adapted Sky Arrow 600 LSAs and an adapted Flight Design CTLS. Green, born without hands or feet, earned his air transport pilot certificate (ATP). Kisielewski earned his private pilot certificate, in training at other sites.
The six also received scholarships from AOPA, Bombardier, ForeFlight, Jet Aviation, Shell Aviation, and Tempest.
In eight years Able Flight has graduated 45 pilots, including several who earned multiple pilot certificates.