Family Research Council

In Pilot Program, No Plane--No Gain


By Tony Perkins
January 09, 2014

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At a few lucky schools in America, pilot Bob Kelly is taking students under his wing. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Getting a plane off the ground can be hard, but getting a high school program off the ground is just as tough. Fortunately, Christian Bob Kelly sees the value in both. The 70-year-old is giving new meaning to the phrase "pilot program" with his school project on aviation. With the help of volunteers, Kelly's Eagle's Nest Project is giving students a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a plane--and their faith. An outspoken Christian, Kelly is using the program to mentor kids with questions about God. After all, he says, "flying is a faith-based operation." On top of free flight lessons, kids can earn a sport pilot license. Veronica Hardy didn't think she had what it took. "My first thought when I saw Elder One go up... was 'Wow. I helped build that!'" Thank goodness for people like Bob Kelly, who remind kids the sky is the limit for their dreams.

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