Challenge Air holds Fly Day in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It was up, up, and away for a group of local kids and their families.
Challenge Air’s Fly Day was held in Chattanooga at the Wilson Air Center.
54 registered special needs kids ranging from seven to 21 years of age, got the opportunity to get behind the wheel in a plane for a flight around the city.
The event was free and also included games, workshops and other fun activities.
Organizations that helped out included Civil Air Patrol, and the City of Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Program.
Many pilots volunteered their time and plane just for the event.
For many of the kids, getting up in the sky was a new experience.
“These kids are given an opportunity that most kids don’t have. Most of us have never flown a small aircraft, even just adults and so it’s just an opportunity for us to let these kids do something unique and special that their siblings and their parents and their friends have never done,” said April Culver, Executive Director and CEO of Challenge Air.
Challenge Air is a nationwide non-profit from Dallas.
They conduct these events all over.
This was the first time they’ve held an event in Chattanooga.