Dreamflight Charities helps students soar

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Dreamflight Charities helps students soar

Posted at 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

SPEAR GAITER

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The Rotary Club of Danville visited Stuart Powell Field on Friday to learn about Dreamflight Charities, a nonprofit organization that seeks to interest students in aviation and provide flight training scholarships.

“We use our passion for aviation to instill core values,” said Dreamflight Charities Executive Director Drew Underwood. “We want to teach them a valuable skill in the cockpit, but we want to do it in a way that it affects their lives outside of it as well. We want to make an impact that will last a lifetime. It’s amazing, you will have one of the most apathetic students who doesn’t care about anything. When you take them on a plane, give them time at the controls, seeing their faces when they land is one of the most exciting things for me.

Services offered by Dreamflight Charities are discovery flights, scholarships, aviation camps for young students, and partnerships with Kentucky schools to support aviation-based STEM programs.

Underwood pointed out that the many skills students can learn from aviation can be used in everyday life and in other career fields, such as mechanics and physics. He wants to create a stand-alone program and cited a similar program at Samuels Field Airport in Bardstown that got its own funding by auctioning off student-built kit planes as an example of what he hopes Dreamflight can achieve. .

Underwood said Kentucky is a top state for aerospace exports.

“We are leading the way in the industry and most people don’t even know it.” Underwood said, “We are the only state with three major air cargo carriers (UPS, DHL and Amazon). It’s amazing the number of opportunities available. Morehead State University has partnered with NASA to build a lunar module for Artemis 1. We are surrounded by spaceports in other states. They see Kentucky as a parts manufacturing and warehousing hub for them. There is endless potential, we point that out to students and push them into these industries. »

For more information about Dreamflight Charities, visit dreamflightcharities.org.

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