Saturday, July 20, 2013

Flying event builds confidence in kids

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Dozens of kids were on hand Saturday for the first annual Flight 1 Community Day Celebration at Vincennes University's Aviation Technical Center.

That center is located out near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Participants don't just ride in a Cessna 172 or advanced flight simulator, they fly them.

The event is designed to build confidence in children affected by serious illnesses.

For one kid 24-Hour News 8 spoke with, it means so much.

“I feel a lot better about myself,” participant Shawn Moore said. “I feel like I can maybe make a difference in the world.”

“It's very rewarding to see the kids and to see them grow, even in a short period of time,” Flight 1 President Marcus Strawhorn said. “To see how they've changed from when they've first started the program until now.”

Strawhorn is the founder of Flight 1. He says the kids start out in a flight simulator then move to a full size aircraft where they are able to fly that and take control.

Strawhorn says they manage the whole thing including taking off.

He says the best part is when the kids pick out their house from the air. 

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