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AOPA Five Questions with Courtland Savage

Mar 31, 2020

Fly For The Culture Founder & CEO Courtland Savage was featured again in the Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association (AOPA) magazine. In this session, he discusses unexpectedly encountering a passion for flying during an introductory flight, and the joy he now gets out of taking kids up for their own first flights. Read more at AOPA.

Ebony 2020 Power 100 List

Feb 26, 2020

Fly For The Culture Founder & CEO Courtland Savage made the 2020 Ebony Power 100 List today, which features inspirational leaders of color in business, art, education, culture and a variety of other domains. It showcases leaders on the national stage as well as leaders working at the local level, and features Savage as a "Community Crusader" for his impact in fostering diversity and inclusion nationwide. Read more at Ebony.

Black Aviators Encourage Students to Reach for the Skies

Fly For The Culture founder Courtland Savage  speaking at the Lucasfilm event hosted by Bay Area non-profit Performing Stars.

Feb 21, 2020

Performing Stars is a non-profit which helps underserved kids achieve their potential. Fly For The Culture had the opportunity to serve alongside other passionate black aviators during a recent event at Lucasfilm, where aspiring pilots learned about the Tuskegee Airmen.

"We're promoting diversity and inclusion in the aviation community," says Fly For The Culture founder Courtland Savage. "I want every kid to get a chance to fly."

Read more at ABC News.

Cockpit Conversations with Darrell S. Freeman

Feb 19, 2020

In this episode of Cockpit Conversations, Fly For The Culture founder Courtland Savage joins entrepreneur Darrell S. Freeman Sr. to discuss diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry, and providing introductory flights and mentorship to those interested in pursuing aviation careers.

Facilities Tour with American Airlines

American Airlines and Fly For The Culture came together to educate high school students about the wide range of career opportunities in aviation.

Jan 29, 2020

American Airlines welcomed students of West Charlotte High School to their state of the art training facility. During the tour, which is a part of Fly For The Culture's mission to promote diversity and inclusion in aviation, aspiring aviation professionals learned about the various vital roles that Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, and Mathematics (STEAM) professionals play in the world of air transport.

Many thanks to the American Airlines team for this great opportunity!

Bringing Different Cultures Together Through the Love of Aviation

Fly For The Culture founder Courtland Savage
 

Jan 23, 2020

"Kids have to see it to believe it,” says Courtland Savage, the 28-year-old pilot who started Fly For The Culture in March 2018. “As we get older, we forget what it’s like to be a kid. We say, ‘You can do anything you want to do, all you’ve got to do is try.’ But they’re kids, their minds aren’t fully developed. They literally have to see it to believe it.”

"...So I created a platform where we showcase women and minorities flying aircraft and the kids are seeing it"

Read more about our General Aviation Magazine feature here

Featured in AOPA

Jan 14, 2020

"Courtland Savage did not grow up living and breathing aviation. He had a fear of heights. He saw airplanes at the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport, where he would occasionally go with his father. But he never saw anyone who looked like himself flying an airplane, so he didn’t think that was a possibility."

Read more about our AOPA feature here

2020 BEYA Stars & Stripes Aviation Flight Camp

Jan 11, 2020

Thank you BEYA Stars & Stripes Florida along with Zinger Technology for sponsoring this amazing event. Special thanks to Kalitta Air, LLC Captain David L. Bridges who not only sponsored the event but spent seven straight hours speaking to children about aviation. 

What It Takes (And Costs) To Own Your Own Airplane — Jalopnik

Dec 6, 2019

Check out our recent interview with Jalopnik in which Courtland Savage discusses the (relative) affordability of owning and flying small airplanes. Read more here.

Promoting Diversity in Aviation — Spectrum News

Nov 25, 2019

Spectrum news interviewed Fly For The Culture founder Courtland Savage about his efforts to promote diversity in aviation, including the importance of exposing kids to the airport and airplanes so they can see first hand that aviation careers are an achievable goal. Read more at the Spectrum News

Inspiring New Pilots at Gastonia Municipal Airport

Nov 21, 2019

During last weekend's Turkey Drop Fly For The Culture gave away 100 turkeys and offered free introductory flights to folks like 4-year old Christian Mathias. The day also featured tours of airport buildings and facilities. Read more at the Gaston Gazette.

Turkey Drop

Nov 17, 2019

Fly For The Culture Turkey Drop hosted by Academy of aviation conducted 15 flights with over 40 kids gaining their first experience of flying, we also gave away 100 Turkeys for the holidays. We would like to thank everyone that helped make this event a success, and all our donors for supporting the mission.

Interview with The Root

Nov 06, 2019

The Root published an article featuring Fly For The Culture's efforts and actions to promote diversity in the aviation industry. Read the full article here.

Turkey Drop

Oct 30, 2019

Come by the Gastonia Municipal Airport on November 17th for a Turkey Drop! We'll be giving away turkey and leading airport facility tours, as well as offering 5 free discovery flights through our partnership with the Academy of Aviation.

An Afternoon of Intro Flights

Sept 25, 2019

Fly For the Culture spent the afternoon at Gastonia Municipal Airport in Gastonia, NC. Through the afternoon, aspiring pilots were able to take a free introductory flight thanks for the generous contributions of Fly For The Culture donors!

Fly For The Culture on CNN

May 2, 2019

The idea for Fly For The Culture came from veteran US Navy aviator Courtland Savage, a regional airline pilot based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He said he started the nonprofit as a way to show the African-American community that there is a path to high-paying jobs in the aviation industry. Many of them are becoming available now due to increasing airline travel and a shortage of pilots.

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GoJet Airlines Blog

Feb 28, 2019

As Black History Month comes to a close, we’re proud to share details about Fly for the Culture, a nonprofit organization launched by GoJet First Officer Courtland Savage, which aims to inspire and expose minority students to pursue careers in aviation. Read more to learn about Fly for the Culture’s mission and how Courtland aims to impact the pilot shortage through diversity.

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Child Reacts to Amazing First Flight As “Co-Pilot”

"Fly for the Culture” gives FREE flights to kids and teens to promote diversity in aviation, inviting this four-year-old child to sit up front as they fly near New York City.

Posted by More In Common Show on Friday, March 8, 2019