Down Syndrome Indiana Welcomes Flight1 to Annual Fly-in

By September 19, 2013Stories from the Blog

Flight1 volunteers recently attended Down Syndrome Indiana’s 7th annual  Fly-In and Open House. Montgomery Aviation hosted the event at Indianapolis  Executive Airport. Almost a thousand guests enjoyed helicopter rides, bouncy  houses, skydivers and even a candy drop from a plane. Music, displays of aircraft and classic cars, and booths featuring service providers rounded out the festivities.

“We love working with organizations like Down Syndrome Indiana,” said Flight1 founder Marcus Strawhorn. “We had an information table at the fly-in and signed up several potential Courageous Fliers. We also gave out lots of foam plate gliders with Flight1 stickers on them. The kids loved flying them!” (Have some fun learning how to make your own FPG-9 glider here.)


Executive Director Lisa Wells of Down Syndrome Indiana added, “The Fly-In is a great community day that increases awareness about Down syndrome and resources available to families that have a loved one with Down syndrome. I am thrilled that Flight1 was able to be a part of it. It was such a great fit and what Flight1 does for the families we serve is awesome!”

Montgomery Aviation makes a point of giving back to the community through its sponsorship of events like the fly-in. “All the proceeds go to Down Syndrome Indiana,” said owner Andi Montgomery, “and we’re proud of our work with local organizations.”

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Click any pic to enlarge it and see the entire fly-in picture gallery here.

It’s incredibly rewarding to team up with like-minded people, especially when your efforts help put smiles on kids’ faces. Learn more about Flight1’s volunteer opportunities here, find out how to sponsor a Courageous Flier here, and subscribe to our newsletter here.

– Russell Goutierez

Photos Courtesy of Montgomery Aviation

Down Syndrome Indiana is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, non-member organization serving the needs of individuals with Down syndrome along with their families, caregivers, teachers and employers. The organization offers a wide variety of resources for families and medical professionals.

Montgomery Aviation, Inc. is the fixed based operator (FBO) at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, as well as Frankfort Clinton County Airport in Frankfort, IN and the Grissom Aeroplex in Peru, IN.  Montgomery Aviation also operates a flight school, Eagle Flyers; a charter operation, SolutionsAir; and an FAA registered maintenance shop and repair station.