CENTENNIAL, Colo. – More than 70 kids and young adults with disabilities co-piloted flights around Centennial Saturday morning.
In the 8th annual Challenge Air event, those ages, 7 to 21-years-old, were given a “special sense of independence.”
Parents in attendance said their children would not have had the opportunity to help pilot a single-engine plane otherwise.
Denver7 reporter Amanda del Castillo met a teen who survived brain cancer twice. Saturday was the first time Izaac Kinnison, 15, was on a plane after being airlifted to a hospital for brain cancer in 2012.
“Getting to see him experience this now is unreal. We just didn't know back then,” Wade Kinnison said.
Wade told Denver7 his son was first diagnosed in 2010, then relapsed the following year.
“A much better experience to say the least,” Kinnison said when asked about Saturday’s flight.
Challenge Air relies on pilots who volunteer their time and aircraft, and others who spend the day making sure it runs smoothly.
“It's my favorite weekend of the year,” pilot Mark Van Tine said. He’s volunteered at the event since it started at Centennial Airport. “To watch somebody experience it for the first time is spectacular,” he said.