AF-Pilots-Group-2-2013-600-x-400-300x200Getting a pilot’s license is usually reserved for those with plenty of extra cash, not for wheelers trying to break even each month. That is why Able Flight out of Chapel Hill, N.C., is an organization after my own heart. This group passes out aviation scholarships to a handful of lucky wheelers each year.

Recipients come to Purdue University for six weeks between May and June to learn how to fly, which usually costs $9,000 or more. But Able Flight pays for it all, from ground lessons to flight lessons.

A scholarship to help wheelers earn their pilot’s license is such a great thing. To get one’s license is a lot of work. The five Able Flight graduates in 2013, for example, logged 260 flight hours with an instructor, 20 hours of ground training, attended a formal ground school class and flew two hours every day while there.

Most scholarship recipients have some upper-body movement, but full upper-body movement isn’t a requirement — m