Author: Jessica Cobb
Amelia Cobb was described by her brother, Gabe, as someone who knew her talents and used them to help people. At Amelia’s memorial service, Gabe challenged listeners to utilize their own strengths and skills for the service of others as well. The July 4th fundraising event was a vivid display of this call to action. Cobb family members and friends alike employed their own unique gifts to raise money for the annual memorial scholarship. Woodworking, furniture flipping, baking, writing, and firearm safety are just a few examples of the diverse ways people used their talents to raise funds.
Gabe also engaged in this fundraising event by using his expertise to offer flight excursions in a Piper Cherokee. On Saturday, July 16th, 2022, participants were able to enjoy memorable trips above Huntington, WV. The day began with Gabe providing a brief overview of aviation. Aerodynamics and aircraft systems were two of the topics briefly described.
One person in each flight group was able to assist Gabe in the cockpit. Once airborne, this participant got to manipulate the controls under supervision. The other passengers were able to view the cockpit and listen to air traffic communication.
The final experience came when Gabe simulated zero gravity. With this maneuver, participants and all belongings suddenly floated in the aircraft. Screams of excitement and surprise at the sensation swarmed the cabin. The maneuver was so well received that everyone requested to enjoy the experience again.
The day proved to be a success for everyone. Participants relished in a personalized flight experience, and the foundation received generous donations for the scholarship fund.