TYLER (KYTX) - Fifty special needs kids and their families got to experience the wonder of flight thanks to a group of volunteer pilots with Challenge Air. The nonprofit charity provides children with disabilities an opportunity to build their self esteem and confidence through aviation.
Sasha is just one of the fifty lucky kids who got a chance to hop in the cockpit at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Saturday afternoon.
"He let me go high, he let me drop down but then he had to take it over to get back on schedule," Sasha said.
Greg Larson, one of the volunteer pilots with Challenge Air, said that the program plays an important role in the lives of special needs children.
"Challenge Air's whole goal is to inspire kids with special needs through the magic of flight and we do that by organizing a dozen events throughout the U.S. every year," Larson said.
The youngest volunteer, 13-year-old Dalton Bingham says that the experience is unlike any other and seeing the looks on his friends faces is priceless.
"I just like to come to see the smile on their face after they done something for once for their lives and I like how the Tyler community brought this together," Bingham said.
Proving that overcoming challenges is something that unites us all.