How does this flying program work?
Nick Parnello is a licensed pilot, having soloed when he was only 16 years old. He currently holds a private pilot's license, a commercial pilot's license, and he's taught ground school. He has over 1,000 hours flying time and he's a Vietnam veteran who flew in helicopters mainly as a door gunner.
Nick also founded Rockford Aerobatic Club instructing individuals on advanced maneuvers.
The program uses a Cessna 172 Skyhawk which we will be flying in the program. He'd like to be able to provide the use of his plane at no cost to participants, but due to the high cost of fuel and other expenses, that's not a viable alternative.
Money given for this program will be used strictly for the expenses incurred by LZ Wings for Heroes. Primarily this money would be used for fuel, insurance, hanger space, and maintanence of the plane.
The Cessna Skyhawk is based at Cottonwood Airport on Auburn Street, across from Auburn High School. This is where Nick learned to fly, on land owned by George and Gracie Summers. Nick's flight instructor was the famous Vince Block, who owned Cottonwood Airport from the early 1960's until his untimely death in 1976. Vince was a World War II veteran and a great mentor to so many young pilots.