Two Pilots Teaching Black Youth To Fly With Free Aviation Program
November 24, 2019
Two North Carolina commercial pilots are offering free aviation lessons through their “Fly For the Culture” non-profit program. Aviators Courtland Savage and Jerome Stanislaus teamed up to expose and orient Black children to career opportunities for qualified pilots. Savage, recalling how strange his desire to become a pilot sometimes felt because, “I never saw a pilot that looked like myself,” wanted to expose Black children to aviation early in their lives. He knew that seeing examples of Black pilots was critical to children forming self-perceptions that accommodated aspirations to fly.
Savage and Stanislaus started the program using their own money. After a local TV news program featured them taking to the skies with delighted children on board, the non-profit began receiving more donations. Now lots of young people are interested and the partners are teaching adults as well. Find out more by clicking below.