BLOG: Adaptations for a Blind Pilot

A woman with dark hair wears the Patriot headset to read a book

Adaptations for a Blind Pilot   How can someone fly a plane without vision?   By Chloe Ranshaw   Is it possible for a person without vision to fly a plane? While most pilots rely on sight, it is possible for a blind pilot to rely on sound, touch and other adaptations instead. Adaptations allow the […]

Adaptations for a Blind Pilot

Adaptations for a Blind Pilot   How can someone fly a plane without vision?   By Chloe Ranshaw     Is it possible for a person without vision to fly a plane? While most pilots rely on sight, it is possible for a blind pilot to rely on sound, touch and other adaptations instead. Adaptations allow […]

Visually Impaired Teen Blossoms

Irene sits in the stands of a Diamondbacks game smiling holding a baseball and miniature bat

Visually Impaired Teen Blossoms   Irene completes Teen-to-work for the first time   By Chloe Ranshaw     “I didn’t think too much about it”, says 17-year-old Irene describing her visual impairment. She was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at six months old. The diagnosis would result in the removal of Irene’s left eye and replacement with […]

BLOG: Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss

Wide view of the sky and desert from the wing of a white plane flown by a person with vision loss

Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss   “It’s like you enter a whole different world.”   By Chloe Ranshaw   “I didn’t know what to imagine but my dad told me to imagine a rollercoaster”, says Kaiya Armstrong. She remembers the first time she ever stepped foot in a plane, a small Cessna aircraft, as […]

Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss

Wide view of the sky and desert from the wing of a white plane flown by a person with vision loss

Conquering the Skies With Vision Loss   “It’s like you enter a whole different world.”   By Chloe Ranshaw   “I didn’t know what to imagine but my dad told me to imagine a rollercoaster”, says Kaiya Armstrong. She remembers the first time she ever stepped foot in a plane, a small Cessna aircraft, as […]

BLOG: Flight Simulator Training at Aerial Engagement

Kaiya sits wearing a pink t-shirt and black glasses in a dark room looks at a flight simulator control panel and screens

Blind Pilot Trains on Flight Simulator   Kaiya continues Flight for Sight training at Aerial Engagement   By Chloe Ranshaw     Blind 21-year-old and soon-to-be pilot, Kaiya Armstrong, continues training on flight simulator at Aerial Engagement in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kaiya’s training as part of Foundation for Blind Children’s Flight for Sight is almost complete. […]

Blind Pilot Trains on Flight Simulator

Kaiya sits wearing a pink t-shirt and black glasses in a dark room looks at a flight simulator control panel and screens

Blind Pilot Trains on Flight Simulator   Kaiya continues Flight for Sight training at Aerial Engagement   By Chloe Ranshaw     Blind 21-year-old and soon-to-be pilot, Kaiya Armstrong, continues training on flight simulator at Aerial Engagement in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kaiya’s training as part of Foundation for Blind Children’s Flight for Sight is almost complete. […]

Teens with Visual Impairments Visit iFLY

A Teen to Work Student flying with instructor

Teens with Visual Impairments Visit iFLY   It was a once in a lifetime experience   By Irene Shott-Lopez                         Foundation for Blind Children took both Teen to Work and College Prep, programs for teens with visual impairments, to iFLY located in Scottsdale, Ariz. […]

PHOTOS: Deer Valley Airport Control Tower Tour

Kaiya stands with her white cane beside tour guide at the top of the tower

Deer Valley Airport Control Tower Tour Previous Next Kaiya toured Deer Valley Airport’s Air Control Tower. The opportunity gave Kaiya a chance to better understand the the process of air traffic. As well as, a visual of who’s on the other end of the radio during in flight training opportunities.

VIDEO: Kaiya Flies a Plane for the First Time

Wide view of mountains from the wing of a plane

Kaiya Flies a Plane for the First Time Kaiya piloted a small aircraft for the first time in her life. In the video above, Kaiya is in the pilot’s seat expertly flying the plane beside a certified flight instructor. Since this experience, Kaiya has had multiple in-air training sessions on top of her ground school […]