Our Wings of Pride Program uses passenger-carrying aircraft for STEM programs and in support of other charitable missions. Our aircraft fly to locations, pick up students or other passengers, and take them on program-related flights.
Right now, we have one aircraft for our Wings of Pride mission: BAC 1-11/N999BW.
This aircraft is available for the following charitable flights:
- STEM programs
- War Veteran Honor Flights
- Domestic Air Museums & Air Shows
Here is an example STEM-related program:
- Welcome students at airport. Provide orientation and watch the aircraft fly in, land, taxi and park
- Tour outside and inside of the standing aircraft
- Discuss aviation and principals of flight (e.g. lift/wings, thrust/engines, navigation, control, etc.)
- Introduce Pilot and crew
- Discuss their careers, training, mapping back to the STEM disciplines
- Conduct a round-trip flight with maneuvers and touch and goes
- Land and conduct a Q&A in cabin, discussing the flight
- Exit plane and visit nearby flight simulator. Discuss pilot training, simulator design, manufacture and operations (thus appealing even more to the video game generation)
- Connect everything back to careers, school and STEM topics