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Pilots Needed to Fly Special Olympics Athletes, Coaches

How do you get 4,000 athletes and coaches to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida?  You issue a call to General Aviation pilots as Textron Aviation did this week.

Textron is reaching out to Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, Beechcraft Premier, Beechjet and Hawker owners and operators hoping to recruit at least 228 by February 28, 2022 to transport the athletes and their coaches from across the USA, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  The pilots will fly their passengers to Orlando on June 4, 2022 then return them to their home bases June 12, 2022 as part of Textron’s Special Olympics Airlift (SOA).

“Textron Aviation, along with our many generous customers and supporters, is extremely excited to kick off the eighth Special Olympics Airlift in support of providing athletes and coaches transportation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “This signature event is a unique opportunity that enables everyone, from our employees to our customers, to ignite our shared passion for lifting others up and supporting our communities by giving the athletes the joy of a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.”

Since the first SOA in 1987, nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches from across the United States have been flown to the Special Olympics World Games and USA Games. 

For more information or to register for the event, visit the Textron SOA site.