Unity through Community

2016 was an exhausting and polarizing year. Here at ATC, we truly believe in the healing power of giving back to the community. Thankfully, we are not alone in that belief. Below are 4 other organizations that share our devotion to community.

Joy in Childhood Foundation- Since 2006, JCF has been providing the simple joys of childhood to kids facing hunger and sickness in communities across the country. Their dedication to making the world a better place is just one of the many reasons why we are proud to be associated with the great work they are doing. For more information please visit www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

Cross Roads for Kids- Crossroads has one main goal: “to empower youth to unlock their potential and positively impact the world.” Crossroads ensures the success of their young people by providing students with summer and school-year programs that support them to become economically independent citizens, socially responsible leaders and emotionally connected adults. Their efforts have resulted in 95% of their C5 Leaders program graduates achieving college acceptance. For more information please visit www.crossroadsma.org

Rodman for Kids- RK hosts the number one single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk kids! Their mission is “to have every kid live as we would want our kids to live.” RK is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social-service organizations. RK and its affiliated charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride for Kids event every September. ATC is proud to be affiliated with RK and can’t wait to take part in the Ride for Kids event this September for the 5th straight year! For more information please visit www.rodmanforkids.org

Old Colony Y- Their main commitment is the development of strong spirit, mind, and body, guided by Judeo Christian principles, and to enrich the quality of life for everyone in their communities. Established in 1887, they served 140,525 people the last fiscal year through mental health counseling, supportive shelters and many other programs! They believe in the essential building blocks for youth’s successful growth and development and we believe in Old Colony Y. For more information please visit www.oldcolonyymca.org

These organizations are so important because during testing times we sometimes need to be reminded that there is still so much good in the world. Now get out there and help us make the world a better place! Wishing you and your communities a prosperous and unified new year. If you would like to volunteer at Above the Clouds please visit www.abovethecloudskids.org/volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight: Tara Keating

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1. Where are you from?

     North End, Boston

2. What is something most people don’t know about you?

     I used to be afraid of flying! Yikes!

3. What do you love about volunteering?

     Seeing the obvious joy that it brings to the Dream Flyers’ faces as they are greeted when they first arrive at the airport, when they wave goodbye as the plane is taxiing for takeoff and the contagious, genuine smile after they land. It’s just…awesome! Indescribable!

4. How did you hear about ATC?

     My fiance, Mike D’Alessandro, worked at Norwood Airport and became introduced to ATC through Gary.

5. What made you want to become a volunteer for ATC?

     When Mike came home from work one day and told me about it, I knew it was an organization I wanted to somehow be involved in. An organization based on the wonder of flight and changing the lives of children…what is better than that?

6. How long have you been involved with ATC?

     Nearly 4 years

7. Do you remember your first time volunteering for ATC? How was it?

     I knew it wasn’t going to be my last time volunteering! I couldn’t wait to sign up for another day!

8. What is the most memorable experience you have had with ATC?

     We had a young boy who was a dream flyer that had just beat cancer. Seeing his love for life and smile throughout the day was a memory I will never forget.

9. How do you think ATC is changing lives?

     It gives children who are facing hardship a new perspective (literally). It is bringing them joy, hope and the realization that they can do anything (including co-piloting an airplane)!

10. Talk me through a typical Dream Flight Day you have with these kids

     As a Flight Coordinator I am typically assigned to one Dream Flyer. When the Dream Flyer first arrives we greet him/her with cheers, signs, cowbells etc.! After the Dream Flyer plans their flight with their pilot, we head out to the airplane and the Dream Flyer assists the pilot in pre-flighting the aircraft. Post flight, we greet them when they land and head to our Pilot Lounge for a couple more surprises…their very own flight jacket and aviators!

11. Do you have any personal volunteering goals for 2017?

     I would like to volunteer at nearly all Dream Flight days in 2017!

12. Is there something I haven’t asked you that you would like to say about ATC?

     The spirit on dream flight day is contagious!

13. Describe ATC in one word

     Inspiring

Pilot Profile: Bill McGonagle

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1. Where are you from?

        Canton, MA

2. Where is your favorite place to fly?

        Nantucket

3. What is something most people don’t know about you?

       That I get as much out of this program as those kids do

4. How long have you been a pilot?

       18 years

5. How did you hear about ATC?

      Saw them around the airport as I flew recreationally

6. What made you want to become a pilot?

      It’s just something I always wanted to do. I love to challenge myself and share the adventures with family and friends

7. How long have you been involved with ATC?

      About 2 years

8. What is the most memorable experience you have had with ATC?

      Receiving an email from a mother of my Dream Flyer. His dad (who was a commercial pilot) had passed away. When we flew I said “I bet your dad is sitting out there on the wing”. Her email indicated that our flight was a “life changing experience” for her son. Hearing that made my day too!

9. What do you like most about volunteering for ATC?

      Sharing my passion and making kids happy

10. How do you think ATC is changing lives?

      It gives kids that have seen so much adversity hope and joy.

11. Talk us through a typical fly day you have with these kids

      I like to engage and teach my Discovery flyer. I let him do a pre-flight with me and try to explain some “basics” to him. My last Discovery Flight took us to Martha’s Vineyard, where I treated him to hot chocolate in the airport restaurant. He face-timed with his mom as we landed so she could enjoy the experience from home. We saw the Cape Cod Canal, tons of cranberry bogs and even a prison. When we got back, he helped me cover the airplane and keep it nice for the next flight.

12. What do you love about flying?

      A sense of freedom

13. What is your flight background? 

      I have a commercial certificate and an instrument rating

14. Where do you want to fly that you haven’t?

      Oshkosh…someday when I own my own airplane!

15. Is there something I haven’t asked you that you want to say about ATC?

      Many people commend the pilots for their efforts but honestly, we have the easiest job….all we have to do is fly airplanes. The real stars are the amazing ground crew that coordinates what I call “organized chaos” on a typical Dream Flight day. There is SO much that needs to be perfect and they are the ones that really get their hands dirty to make it happen!

16. Do you do dream flights? Cadet flights? Discovery Flights?

      Dream flights and Discovery flights. I’m on my 3rd Discovery Flyer

17. Describe ATC in one word:

      Giving

The Power of Awe

      “A dramatic feeling with the power to inspire, heal, change our thinking and bring people together.” This is how “awe” was described in a recent article I read titled “Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness.” The article discusses how recent studies are showing that “awe” is now thought to be a “basic part of being human that we all need.” It states that there are many ways in which awe affects us, including binding us together, helping us see things in new ways, making us nicer and happier, and altering our bodies.

      This article reminded me of the important impact Above the Clouds is having in the world by changing the lives of children facing all kinds of serious adversity, including for example, those who are ill, underprivileged, at-risk or abused. Most of the kids we get to know have never even been in an airplane let alone been given the opportunity to fly one. This seems like it might be something so insignificant but flying in the co-pilot seat with Above the Clouds makes them realize that we are all a part of something larger. Many of us get caught up in our busy lives and forget to see the forest and not just the trees. When these kids soar high up in the sky they get a new lease on life and a refreshed outlook on their world.

      Awe is “a positive emotion that has been proven to reduce levels of stress, and is a necessary part of being a healthy human being.” Above the Clouds makes awe accessible to kids who feel like they have been forgotten or need to be reminded that they are special. The power of awe doesn’t necessarily have to be something like seeing The Grand Canyon for the first time or meeting Nelson Mandela. Awe can be experienced when you witness a random act of kindness or by giving kids a chance to fly in an airplane. That is the true power of awe.

 

For the full article click here:

http://parade.com/513786/paulaspencer/feeling-awe-may-be-the-secret-to-health-and-happiness/

 

 

Jet Blue Tour

Amazing time at JetBlue last weekend. Nine of our Discovery and Cadet Flyers joined us to get a behind the scenes tour of the airline. We sat in the cockpit, viewed the tower ops and talked to pilots, mechanics and airplane operations personnel. An amazing time was had by all. Thanks JetBlue!
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Discovery Pilot Michael Kolowich Teaches about Drones

A Drone. An Experienced Pilot. Cameras. Students learning. Amazing aerial footage.
Simply Awesome!

TV Production teacher Mr. McDonough and the CHS student team coordinating the upcoming CHS LipDub worked side-by-side with Pilot Michael Kolowich and his son Robert — and their drone — to capture aerial footage of the CHS campus during the December vacation.

Mr. Kolowich donated his time to teach the Canton HS students how to navigate the drone and record a variety of shots. The results (which will be featured in the CHS LipDub) are breathtaking and the learning experience was priceless.

A big thank you to Mr. Kolowich and his son Robert! A big shout out to Nick Buser for setting this up! Kudos to Mike Noone, Mia Tess, Jason Kaplan, Nick Buser, Steve Gorham and Mr. McDonough for working so hard to make the CHS LipDub 2.0 great. The LipDub is scheduled to be filmed in early February.

Photo Album of Drone Adventure

Amazing Presentation!

What an amazing visit we had from Glenn Gonzales of Honda Aviation. Glenn spoke to our Cadet and Discovery Flyers about his career path (which includes a stint in the air force where he flew F-!5’s!). All in attendance were inspired by his experiences and moved by his words of wisdom. Remember the 5 D’s in the Success Spiral: Dream, Data, Decision Making, Discipline, and Determination as well as the 5 C’s in the Success Spiral: Character, Courage, Capacity, Communication,P1020520 and Competency. Words to live by. Looking forward to Glenn landing his AWESOME Honda Jet at Norwood in the near future!

Another Discovery Flyer Adventure!

Last weekend Derek & Estuardo visited Hanscom Field in Bedford Massachusetts. The visit included a complete guided tour of the airport grounds and a local flight school. To conclude their visit Estuardo got to fly the Redbird FMX full motion flight simulator at Executive Flyers Aviation. Derek set up the simulator for a short flight around the traffic pattern of La Aurora (MGGT) in Guatemala where Estuardo flew with his dad in a Beechcraft Bonanza. A good time was had by all and Estuardo is looking forward to flying again with Derek soon!

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