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Patty Wagstaff congratulates Jessica Cox for being awarded an Able
July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Able Flight Inc., an organization that provides flight-training
scholarships for people with physical disabilities, presented three of its
recipients with wings to recognize them for attaining their sport pilot
They included Jessica Cox, who was born
without arms; Mal Zackery, paralyzed after being shot in a robbery; and
Jeremy Maddox, paralyzed after a motocross accident.
“The pilots who graduated from this program
have a great camaraderie,” said Cox, who started flight training in
2005. “Flying was my fear, so for me to even be in an airplane was an
Sean O’Donnell, who was there in support,
was the second scholarship recipient to earn his sport pilot certificate.
He has since earned his private ticket and opened a flight school
specializing in working with the disabled. O’Donnell said his school is
willing to go the extra mile for those with disabilities. “More
importantly, we’re thinking about aviation differently,” he said.
Patty Wagstaff, former CNN journalist Miles O’Brien,
and Red Bull air racer Michael Goulian presented wings to the new sport
pilots. Also present was Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites.