By Oliver Davis
Social Media Coordinator
On Nov. 4, the third annual Sky Kids event was held at the Scottsdale airport. Sky Kids is a charity that gives children with disabilities and illnesses an opportunity to go up in a plane with their family and a pilot who helps the kids enjoy their time in the sky. The event is completely free to families and is a wonderful way to get children excited about flight.
Many students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sign up to volunteer at the event and help out in any way that they can. There were students helping sign families into the event and others coloring with the kids.
It was great to see everyone interacting with the children to help them feel welcome and excited about going on a plane, many of them for the first time.
When families first arrived at the old hangar where the event took place they had to attend “flight school.” It was simply a five minute briefing that basically told them not to step on wing flaps and to avoid running amuck on the tarmac.
After that they were free to explore everything that was available for them to do until their name was called to go up into a small plane and fly for 20-30 minutes. There were several activities that the kids could enjoy, as well as free food (although it was suggested they don’t eat much before their flight).
When it came to the most anticipated time of the day, the kids were walked out to a plane and got to experience something that they will remember for a long time.
It was visible just how much kids and their families appreciated what Sky Kids does and how they aim to impact the lives of children who would otherwise not get to experience something like a private flight.
Upon coming back to the hangar, kids were greeted by a group of volunteers at the “red carpet” where they were cheered for and got to feel famous for just a little bit of time. Sky Kids is a great foundation that really cares about impacting lives.