Two new pilots will receive pilot wings at a special AirVenture ceremony after completing a joint training program with Purdue University and Able Flight. Chris Spaur and Heather Schultz overcame their physical disabilities and learned to fly with the help of scholarships from Able Flight, a national nonprofit organization that provides sport pilot and career training for people with physical disabilities.
Heather sustained a C5 spinal cord injury in a diving accident in 2006. Since then, she has faced more than three years of intensive physical therapy and has defied the predictions of doctors who had told her she would never walk again. Heather's training was made possible through her selection as the 2010 recipient of the "Jet Aviation Scholarship."
Chris, 20, has muscular dystrophy and comes from a family with a tradition of flying; both his mother and his uncle are pilots. Chris was selected by Able Flight as the recipient of the 2010 Able Flight's "Bombardier Scholarship."
The presentation ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at AeroShell Square and will include a number of special guests including Jessica Cox, who earned her sport pilot certificate despite being born without arms. For more information on Able Flight, visit www.ableflight.org.