For those of you that have been following our project for some time, you know that we have always talked about a flight training operation that would eventually lease the Alpha Electros from the City of Mendota and City of Reedley so they could be used to train youth, veterans, and residents of Fresno County. Well, over the past 6 months, as we have been doing validation testing of the Alpha Electros, a group of us here in Fresno have formed a 501c3 non-profit corporation, New Vision Aviation, to operate, maintain, and provide flight training services using the Alphas in addition to other gas-powered aircraft. We are working on getting the website up, but have all of our paperwork filed and accepted with both the State of California and the IRS. Our logo was developed by some very creative high school students in Fresno and we have done one ground school with plans to offer a second one starting the first week of January that will include three high school students from the community around Chandler. Our ground school is free to the students except the cost of the book because our instructors are donating their time to the project for the twelve-week course.
New Vision Aviation will be offering sport pilot training for the students and now that the FAA has allowed Sport Pilot dual instruction to count toward higher ratings such as private and commercial as per the regulatory relief ruling on July 27, 2018, this training will be more valuable as an entry level step for new people coming into aviation. Below is a photo of a young man from the neighborhood around Fresno Chandler Executive Airport that we have seen aviation make a huge difference in his life. He started flight training when he was in high school and now is in his second year at Fresno State University majoring in Engineering! He has a job and is helping his single mother with expenses as he is able while still attending college full time. He will tell you that his flight training experience has helped him focus and have goals for achievement well beyond those of his peers.
New Vision Aviation’s goal is to duplicate this success at raising the expectations of youth from disadvantaged communities many times over by providing a more affordable path to an aviation career!
Many of us have donated significant resources to help get New Vision Aviation going. In fact, the Luscombe 8A that you see in the photo above is part of my personal investment in the program with plans to offer tailwheel training in it for interested youth and residents. As a long-time taildragger pilot, I know how valuable tailwheel training is in making a good pilot, so New Vision is planning to offer that training early in the curriculum to get students using the rudder and landing with the proper nose-up attitude.
Now, I would like to ask your help as we work on getting New Vision Aviation successfully providing flight training services. We have about $62,000 in near term expenses that we need help covering which include insurance for the Alpha Electros and gas Alpha Trainer at $30,000 for an annual policy covering all five aircraft for a year, hangar expenses of about $14,000 for the large hangar that we hope to continue to use for the program, office equipment and rental of about $3,000, and student training assistance scholarships of about $15,000. If you are able to help in any way toward this goal, please reach out and let us know, or you can just send a tax-deductible donation to:
New Vision Aviation
510 W. Kearney Blvd., Suite 104
Fresno, CA 93706
Your help will be greatly appreciated and you will be opening opportunities for young people that otherwise could not see themselves in an aviation career! Thank you in advance!
Joseph Oldham, President/CEO
New Vision Aviation