Kids with special needs to co-pilot aircraft at Centennial Airport
The Challenge Air for Kids and Friends “Denver Fly Day” offers more than 70 special needs children and youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight with free 30-minute airplane rides flown by 14 local volunteer pilots.
Flying in single-engine aircraft, the program focuses on the abilities of the special needs participants and the many possibilities available to them. Youth participating in the event will have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, under the direct supervision of a licensed pilot, to build confidence, self-esteem and look beyond perceived limitations.
This year the event will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the XJet hangar facility, Centennial Airport: 8201 South InterPort Blvd. in Englewood.
The Challenge Air program empowers participants and their families with a fun-filled day of activity designed to eliminate perceived limitations and open doors to an unforgettable growing experience—allowing participants to see if they can fly a plane, they can do anything. The program consists of an educational ground school where participants learn about the forces of flight and learn how pilots with physical challenges fly specially equipped airplanes. The day includes an inspirational flight in the co-pilot seat, flying over Denver-area points of interest.
South Metro Fire Rescue fire trucks and the Colorado State Patrol’s Dodge Magnum will be on display, as well as other educational activities will be part of this special day of inspiration and flight.
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