Sully, EAA Help GMA’s Robin Roberts Live Her Dream
GMA’s “Living the Dream” segment aired on Tuesday morning featuring Roberts in the right seat of a Beechcraft King Air with Sully at the controls during a recent flight over San Francisco.
“I hope I get my license someday, I really do,” she told Sully near the flight’s conclusion, who responded, “As much as you enjoy it, you really should.”
Immediately after the taped segment aired, Roberts received a surprise phone call from Sully live on the air, who did some legwork to facilitate her dream of flight.
“Through my friends at EAA, which is one of the world’s biggest groups of aviators and aviation enthusiasts, we have arranged for your first flying lesson,” Sully said. She’ll start flight training at Performance Flight, located at the Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY. Performance Flight President and CEO Lewis Liebert, NAFI 26538/EAA 857534, says Roberts will learn to fly in a Cirrus SR20.
“We intend on providing her with a great initiation to flight training,” said Liebert, who got a call from EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny on Sunday (May 2) after Sully reached out for EAA’s help in arranging Roberts’ first flight lesson. Performance Flight, the first flight school to enroll in NAFI’s new group membership, was suggested by NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair.
Before signing off, Sully had words of encouragement for Roberts, “As much as you want to fly, you need to fly.”
She replied, “I do, I do. After being in the cockpit with you, that sealed the deal for me.
“I hope to go flying with you again once I have my license.”
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