1st Flight is a program designed to normalize aviation and promote public awareness of career opportunities within the vastly growing aerospace industry.
1st Flight provides underprivileged individuals with the opportunity to experience their first flight in a small aircraft, exposing them to the world of aviation. The 1st Flight experience inspires and motivates these young individuals to pursue careers in the aerospace industry by normalizing aviation through an inaugural flying experience where participants learn more of the aerospace industry.
1st Flight aims to break down barriers and create equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their background and limited access to aviation education. Through this program, the BlueJireh Foundation inspires the next generation of aerospace professionals, contributing to a more diverse and inclusive industry.
1st Flight offers educational workshops and mentorship programs to support interest in aviation. Workshops cover various topics such as aircraft mechanics, air traffic control and aerospace engineering.
Our current focus is to provide a first flight experience as part of a high school student's college campus visit. As that student is in the process of exploring a new world in education, we offer them insight into opportunities in aviation and the potential for what that could offer them in a career.
Through partnerships with local flight schools and aviation professionals, 1st Flight organizes flight events where participants are given the chance to experience a short flight in a small aircraft.
1ST FLIGHT PILOT
Sam Greer began flying with his grandfather when he was just seven years old. A corporate pilot for Buffalo Rock in Birmingham, his grandfather was also a flight instructor in Cleveland. Now Sam is following in those footsteps as he logs flight time as an instructor for Over the Mountain Aviation in pursuit of his dream to become an airline pilot. “I moved to Birmingham from my hometown of Chattanooga because I wanted to fly where my grandpa flew,” Sam says. “I’ve wanted to be an aviator since I was a little kid.”
Sam is a graduate of ATP Flight School in Smyrna, Tenn. “I love meeting people, and as an instructor I get to meet someone new every day,” he says. “A plane can also cause anxiety for some people, so you have to be prepared for any situation.”
As the pilot for the First Flight program, Sam will have the opportunity to give children and adults their first plane ride. “I’m honored to be the pilot for the program,” he says. “I’m excited to help them understand how amazing it is to fly a plane and to feel the freedom of soaring through the air.”