Podcast: Business Aviation Provides Wings for Special Olympics Athletes

Jan. 24, 2022

As athletes prepare for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, Textron Aviation aims to recruit more than 200 volunteer pilots and business aircraft to fly the athletes to and from the games, free of charge. “If you’re an owner-pilot and you have the opportunity to do this, you should jump on it because you’ll never regret it,” said airlift volunteer pilot Michael Budagher. “The heartfelt satisfaction that you get from donating your time, your aircraft — I don’t think there’s another comparison out there.”

In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:

  • Michael Budagher, president, West Texas PCS
  • Maddie Gaines, Special Olympics athlete
  • David Miller, director of safety education, Citation Jet Pilots Association
  • Steve Sperley, vice president, sales, Textron Aviation and recruitment chair for the Special Olympics Airlift

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