" We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity. "

- Orville Wright

Lifting Children Up For More Than 30 Years

Wright Flight, Inc., named after the Wright Brothers, is a unique program that began in Tucson in 1986. Wright Flight was founded by Lt. Col. Robin Stoddard, USAF (ret.) who, at the time, was an Air Force Fighter pilot.

Who is it for?

The foundations for a successful life begin in childhood. Unfortunately, many Arizona students do not have the benefit of positive mentors and experiences to guide them through life’s inevitable challenges. Wright Flight looks to help students who have problems of low achievement scores, school discipline, school drop-outs and substance abuse by leveraging the compelling, motivational and inspirational aspects of the history of aviation and aerospace.

How We Help

Wright Flight helps children gain essential life skills for overcoming adversity and achieving goals by partnering with teachers and schools (public, private, charter, and home) to give children the opportunity to set and achieve goals to earn the right to fly an airplane.

What Students Gain

We introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers to students as young as eleven years old. The outcomes for program graduates include better grades, better attitudes at school and home, increased self-confidence and a success mentality. 

our Administrative Team

Wright Flight’s leadership group is responsible for the day to day running of the organization, including fundraising our annual operating funds and staffing the office.

Lt. Col. Robin Stoddard, USAF (ret.)

Founder
Executive Director

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Beth Spikes

Office Administrator
School Coordinator

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Ground Operations

The ground operations team works with pilots, staff, students, and families to ensure a safe, successful and rewarding fly day.

Debbie Kellermeyer

Volunteer Coordinator

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Lora Wineinger

Fly Day Coordinator

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Flight Operations

The Flight Ops group has both Fly Day and non-Fly Day responsibilities. They coordinate both the pilots and the aircraft for Fly Days. Flight Ops staff also maintain the Wright Flight fleet of light aircraft and keep the hangar running smoothly.

Jack King

Pilot / Marana Site Lead

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On-Boarding Pilot

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Remco Perton

Co-Pilot Coordinator

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Stephen Rayleigh

Co-Pilot Coordinator

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Matt McLynn

Pilot / Maintenance Team

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Jim Pyland

Pilot / Maintenance Team

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Steve Kellermeyer

Dispatcher

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Mark Kirsch

Lead Mechanic

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We've Been In Your Community Since 1986

Wright Flight began in 1986 with just one Tucson school and a handful of volunteers.  Since then it has grown to include schools from all over the Greater Tucson area, including Marana, Vail, Altar Valley, Sunnyside and Flowing Wells district schools along with a number of private and charter schools. Many teachers and parents from our schools graduated from our programs when they were students! Wright Flight has reached well over 30,000 local students, and is proud to be working on the second generation!

There are currently three out-of-state chapters, which reach additional students in Kansas and North Carolina.

Schools We Serve

Wright Flight Inc is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization helping kids reach new heights!

Change a Child's Future Today

Contact Us

Located At:
7075 S Plumer Ave # 14, Tucson, AZ 85756

Phone:
(520) 294-0404

Email:
admin@wrightflight.org