Wright Flight Programs
Wright Flight currently offers three different programs, all of which culminate with special recognition for each successful student. Students must register through their schools, and teachers from schools interested in participating in Wright Flight programs should contact us to assist with proposal development to their administration to offer our programs. Students in all programs must complete:
complete a pledge to remain substance (drug, tobacco and alcohol) free for the entirety of the program
complete a business contract that specifies academic and/or behavioral improvement goals and steps to achieve them
participate in the video lessons for each course and complete chapter readings and additional activities
pass the final exam for each course with the minimum acceptable score
Wright Flight reflects real life.
It’s not your “normal” non-profit organization. Nor is it like a team where everybody gets a trophy. Kids learn you have to earn the right to graduate. If you don’t work hard, you won’t get off the ground.
(Recommended for 4th – 6th Grades)
Six lesson program that covers topics such as the origin of the Air National Guard, how the Wright Brothers used hard work and experimentation to successfully achieve manned flight, and women in aviation.
Students who successfully complete the program are provided with a ground-based aviation activity such as a special guided tour of the Pima Air and Space Museum, a tour of a local military facility, or other similar aviation themed event.
Each student receives a certificate and Minuteman T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.
HISTORY OF AVIATION
(Recommended for 5th – 12th Grades)
Prerequisite for the Voyager program. Nine lesson / twelve-week program that provides an overview of major milestones and inspirational characters from the history of aviation. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the privilege of flying a light aircraft with a volunteer pilot. Upon landing, each student receives a certificate and a special Wright Flight History T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.
(Recommended for 6th – 12th Grades)
History of Aviation program is a prerequisite to the Voyager program. Eight lesson / ten-week program that focuses on aviation pioneers such as the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindberg, and Amelia Earhart and concludes with “last first in aviation” – the non-stop, around the world flight of the Voyager.
Students then learn how to plot and plan their own flight on an aeronautical chart which the student will use to navigate during their Fly Day. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the privilege of flying in a light aircraft with a volunteer pilot.
Upon landing, each student receives a certificate and a Voyager T-shirt that is available only to Wright Flight graduates.
Safety has always been the number one priority for the program. Since being founded in 1986, there has never been an injury at a Wright Flight Graduation Fly Day. Not a single aircraft has been involved in an accident. Not one student, teacher, parent, volunteer or pilot has been injured.
While all the pilots are volunteers, they are all personally screened by either Robin Stoddard or one of the Wright Flight pilot leaders. The standards held for a Wright Flight volunteer pilot exceed those required by the FAA for a private pilot certificate. Thus, we help ensure that all pilots flying are more than competent in the aircraft that they fly. Most of the pilots are either current or retired commercial or military pilots.
Lastly, another reason Wright Flight maintains a perfect safety record because we do not fly in poor weather. Dozens of Fly Days have been postponed over the years due to weather. As disappointing as it may seem at the time, the experience of flying is ultimately more enjoyable for everyone in good weather.