The Flight Path Flyers flight simulator training program is at the heart of Flight Path’s educational mission. More than 300 youths and adults have benefited from the program. Participants include middle school, high school and college level students as well as a number of adults.
A primary aim of the Flight Path Flyers program is to encourage students to pursue further education and careers in aviation. Simulated aircraft piloting experience and related instruction are included. Although the program does not include flying lessons, a number of graduates have gone on to complete such instruction and make their solo flights.
Key to the success of the program has been the generous support of organizations and individuals in the airport community. These include the Los Angeles World Airports Community Relations Office, the Westchester Woman’s Club, American Legion Post 177 of Westchester-Venice, American Legion Post 283 of Pacific Palisades and a number of other generous groups and individuals.
An instructional team of aviation professionals includes Doug Happ, former chief pilot for The Flying Tiger Line and Federal Express, assisted by Gregg Low and Rory Pendley, with additional support from volunteer Ann Proctor. Jean-Christophe Dick oversees the program on behalf of the Flight Path Board of Directors.
Flight Path provided demonstrations of the flight simulator program for hundreds of delegates and visitors at the 2009 American Legion State Convention in Riverside, Calif., and at the 2013 American Legion State Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.