Able Flight, Inc.

Chapel Hill, NC   |  www.ableflight.org

Mission

Able Flight's mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Charles Stites

Main address

91 Oak Leaf Ln

Chapel Hill, NC 27516 USA

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EIN

20-5001037

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Traditionally, people with significant physical disabilities have found few or very difficult pathways to entering aviation in the areas of flight training and aviation career training. It has been both a matter of outdated and restrictive physical qualification criteria, and perception of a person's potential.

By restricting entry into aviation for people with physical disabilities, governmental and industry entities have missed the opportunity to tap a larger group of individuals who are qualified, and only need an opportunity to prove themselves.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Flight and Aviation Career Training Scholarships For People With Disabilities

Able Flight awards types of aviation scholarships for people with disabilities:
 
The "Able Flight Scholarship" covers all flight and ground training, testing fees, books and manuals, and travel and lodging as required for training for the FAA Sport Pilot certificate.
 
The Aviation Career Training Scholarship provides support for technical,  aviation management and other aviation career training  (including air traffic control, flight dispatcher, etc.).
 
The "Return To Flight Scholarship" provides the opportunity  to become a pilot again for those who already licensed and have left aviation due to injury and illness.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Flight and Aviation Career Training Scholarships For People With Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Able Flight scholarship recipients who successfully complete training. Our training program was impacted by the pandemic in 2020, so we increased the amount of online training.

Number of people with physical disabilities receving flight training scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Flight and Aviation Career Training Scholarships For People With Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of scholarships awarded by year.

Number of people with physical disabilities receiving aviation training scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Flight and Aviation Career Training Scholarships For People With Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of aviation career training scholarships by year.

Number of people with phsyical disabilities taking advantage of additional educational opportunities through university programs after Able Flight training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Flight and Aviation Career Training Scholarships For People With Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Graduates of Able Flight training who then enrolled in university-based training programs, specializing in aviation studies.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Able Flight's purpose is to use the power of accomplishment and success to create a profound change in the way that a person with a disability perceives their abilities, and in how others see them. It also seeks to provide aviation career training that will enable graduates to be self-reliant.

Able Flight provides flight training and aviation career training scholarships, and mentoring by industry professionals. Able Flight has established training partnerships with aviation training programs at Purdue University and others to provide flight training, and works with other accredited schools and facilities in support of aviation career training.

Able Flight is the only organization of its kind in the United States, and is uniquely positioned to bring together the necessary resources (training, mentoring, organizational) to fulfill its mission.

In 2021 Able Flight marked its fifteenth anniversary since it was founded in 2006.

Since it was founded in 2006, and since training began in 2007, Able Flight has awarded over 110 scholarships (as of January 2021). Seventy six individuals have completed intensive flight training programs and have earned FAA issued pilot certificates. Several have earned more than one certificate or rating, bringing the total of certificates and ratings to more than 80.

In addition, Able Flight has awarded 17 Aviation Career Training Scholarships (as of January 2021) for training in a variety of aviation professions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with a variety of physical disabilities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Able Flight, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julia Spicer

Executive Director, MAVA

Julia Spicer

MAVA

Sean O'Donnell

Al Mooney

MD

Bob Seidel

JFI Jets

Bob Stangarone

Embraer Aircraft

Charles Stites

Able Flight

Matt Brandon

Jetcraft

Chris Throndsen

Ryan Kelly

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/14/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/14/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.