In 1993, the Founder of Challenge Air, Rick Amber, decided to buy an airplane and use it as a motivational tool to increase confidence and self-esteem in kids with special needs by giving them an opportunity to fly.
Rick’s dream was to give 1 million children with special needs the opportunity to learn more about flying and to dream that one-day they too could become a pilot. In the past 29+ years, Challenge Air has flown over 36,000 co-pilots and their families.
Please join us this Giving Tuesday (November 29th) to continue to pursue Rick’s goal of flying 1 million co-pilots. Each fly day event is offered at no-cost to our co-pilots and their families. It costs approximately $250 to fly one child with special needs. Please join us today, or on Giving Tuesday to help build confidence in children with special needs.
👉DONATE EARLY: https://bit.ly/Iwanttogivekidswings
Help us to land 2022 well, and to take off in 2023! Thank you for your support.
Pilots, families and volunteers REGISTER HERE for this event.
Denver Area Fly Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, 2023.
Coming to your first Fly Day as a participant, volunteer or pilot? Click here for a preview of the fun day ahead!
Challenge Air takes the health and safety of our pilots, co-pilots, family members and volunteers very seriously. Challenge Air follows local and national guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at all events.
All event participants will meet outside when appropriate, and maintain a social distance to mitigate the spread of COVID. We also ask all pilots to sanitize cockpits before and after each mission. The hangar will be cleaned periodically throughout the day in high-traffic areas. Access to hand sanitizer and restrooms for hand-washing will be available. If a community is experiencing a COVID breakout, the event would be postponed to a safer date.
Tyler, TX Fly Day scheduled for May 14th, 2022
✨WATCH A PREVIEW OF THE FLIGHT HERE
A few more details below:
Using 360-degree cameras mounted to the inside and outside of an aircraft, Pilot Glenn will take each co-pilot through the Palo Dura Canyons in West Texas just as if they were seated next to the pilot. With the use of a Virtual Reality headset, the co-pilot will have the ability to place a smartphone in the headset and look through it to experience the flight. The video is recorded to react to the viewer’s movement. If the child looks up, the video looks up. If the child looks out the window, the video looks out the window.
This event is offered at absolutely no cost to our co-pilots through the generosity of our donors. We are always in need of financial donations to get events like this off the ground. Big or small- every little bit helps. Consider making a voluntary $20 donation so we can continue to do great things in the lives of these children.