You have a question, we have the answer. Here’s a list of the most commonly asked questions with our answers. Contact us to learn more about Challenge Air.
1. What is the age range of the kids who can fly?
7 - 21 years of age.
2. Does a parent or guardian have to fly with them?
Yes. While our pilots and volunteers are trained for our Fly Days, no one knows your child like you do. We believe it's best to you have in the plane 1) in case any safety issues arise and 2) you can experience your child actually flying the airplane!
3. How can I get Challenge Air to come to my area?
First, please review our mission and program goals to find out if your city is a fit for our qualifications.
Second, if you believe your organization or program satisfies our goals, you should then submit a complete application
to be considered. Applications should detail out why you feel the Challenge Air program is a good fit for your city.
In order to be considered for a “Fly Day” program in your city, applications will be reviewed bi-annually on April 1st
(for events to be held during the 1st
quarters of the following year) and October 1st
(for events to be held during the 3rd
quarters of the following year). Each locales application will be submitted to the Challenge Air programs committee and reviewed.
Once you are chosen as a select city, the terms will be formalized in a letter of understanding. The letter of understanding will outline Challenge Air’s expectations for a “Fly Day” and details Challenge Air’s commitment to your programs success.
If you have questions concerning your particular qualifications and want to submit a letter of inquiry prior to preparing an application, you may do so. Any letter of inquiry should include a summary of your request and the impact it could have on the people served. After reviewing the letter, Challenge Air staff can assess whether or not your organization should continue the application process based on your qualifications. Preliminary meetings are discouraged.
Thank you in advance for your interest in our program!
4. Does it cost money to fly?
No, the event is free for all families.
5. How many people can fly on the plane?
Each co-pilot can bring a parent or guardian and one sibling or friend – a total of three plus the pilot.
6. Is there a weight limit?
Yes, each flyer must not exceed 250 pounds.
7. Does Challenge Air require medical proof of participants disability?
8. How can I volunteer?
We would love to have you volunteer to assist with hangar set-up, check-in, loading, ground operations, sponsor coordinators, marketing assistance. If you're interested in volunteering at a Fly Day, please register on the Events page at: https://www.challengeair.com/air-events1/. If you'd like to donate your services or skills to Challenge Air, please call our office at 214-351-3353.
9. What are the pilot requirements?
Each pilot must have a private pilot license, 500 total logged flying hours, current medical, and proof of insurance.
10. Where are you located?
The headquarters are located at:
8001 Lemmon Ave., Suite 280,
Dallas, TX 75209
11. Are experimental aircraft allowed?
No, experimental aircraft cannot be used to fly children at a Challenge Air Fly Day.