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Legacy Flight Academy supports young African American pilots

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January 2024

NATION — Legacy Flight Academy (LFA), a beacon of inspiration and opportunity in the world of aviation, has been making significant strides in introducing and supporting young African-Americans in their journey towards becoming pilots. With a poignant mission to broaden their representation in the skies, LFA has been actively engaging with communities, igniting the dreams of many aspiring aviators.
At the heart of LFA’s mission is the acknowledgment of a stark reality: African-Americans constitute only about 2% of pilots in both military and commercial aviation​​. This disparity is not just a statistic; it reflects a broader issue of access and exposure to aviation careers among minority groups. To address this, LFA has developed a comprehensive, three-tiered program that emphasizes not only the technical aspects of flying but also focuses on character development and the rich history of African-American aviators, particularly the legendary Tuskegee Airmen​​.
The significance of early exposure to aviation cannot be understated in shaping professional success in aerospace careers. These initiatives are designed to inspire youth to aim high in their academic and career endeavors, especially in STEM fields​​.
One of LFA’s signature events is “Eyes Above the Horizon,” a one-day outreach program that captivates young minds by offering a first-hand experience in the world of aviation. This program is not just about flying; it’s an immersive journey that encompasses mentorship, academic instruction in aviation principles, and a deep dive into the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. The program’s format is as thrilling as it is educational: participants not only get an orientation flight in a single-engine airplane, but they also take the controls as a pilot. This hands-on experience is coupled with lessons in STEM disciplines, character-building exercises, and motivational talks from professionals in aerospace careers​​​​​​​​.
LFA’s efforts have seen tangible impacts. Take, for instance, the story shared by Dean Hall, the event manager for Eyes Above the Horizon, who recalled meeting a young participant years ago who is now set to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy to become a pilot. Such stories are a testament to the profound influence of LFA’s programs​​.
The Academy has also been keen on expanding its reach and impact. LFA conducts programs nationwide, showcasing STEM and aerospace career opportunities to youth from underserved and underrepresented communities. This expansion has been possible thanks to the support of donors, sponsors, and community members, ensuring that these valuable events continue to inspire and shape the future of aviation​​.
LFA’s partnerships play a crucial role in its success. Collaborations with entities like Golden Eagle Aviation, Middle Georgia State University, Auburn University, the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation, and Box Aviation have been instrumental in facilitating these transformative experiences for the students​​.
As LFA looks to the future, it remains dedicated to its mission of nurturing a new generation of pilots that reflects the diversity of our world. The Legacy Flight Academy, through its engaging programs and unwavering commitment to inclusivity, is not just shaping the future of aviation; it’s redefining it, one flight at a time.
With each flight and every young mind they inspire, LFA continues to soar, proving that the sky is not the limit, but just the beginning for these aspiring aviators. In the spirit of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Legacy Flight Academy carries forward a legacy of courage, determination, and excellence, paving a new horizon for the next generation of pilots.

Jeremy Webb

Based in Mohave Valley, Arizona, Jeremy Webb is a dedicated website designer and developer with a keen eye for detail. Transitioning from a background in retail sporting goods management, he now crafts digital spaces that resonate with audiences. Beyond the screen, Jeremy is a passionate writer, delving into topics ranging from business innovations and Arizona’s unique landscapes to the latest tech trends and compelling local narratives. Visit his website at JeremyWebb.Dev

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