Wings of Flight Foundation is committed to its vision, mission and goals. This includes ensuring that the Wings of Flight Foundation continues throughout the year to educate the youth, maximize our charitable output and to expand our community of support. The long term goal is to further mature Wings of Flight Foundation into a well-run charitable foundation as measured by Guide Star and other organizations.
In 2019, Wings of Flight Foundation continued the 30 year tradition of flying over Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Mesa Cemetery, where 23 British RAF pilot cadets are laid to rest. We worked hand in hand with the Mesa Historical Museum to create their “Women in Aviation” exhibit. This exhibit ties in nicely with our bi-annual “Ladies Night” mentoring symposium for females in the aviation industry.
One of Wings of Flight Foundation goals is the education of our youth. We are proud to be the home of Aviation Explorers Troop 352 in our new location. These teens & young adults earn their pilot wings, learn to maintain aircraft, and to explore aviation opportunities. We helped AE raise over $30,000 last year.
Several of our pilots also mentor American Airlines cadets from the CAE Oxford Academy at Falcon Field. Our favorite charity event is our annual toy drive and Christmas party for nearby Sunshine Acres Home for Children. It is the highlight of our year and we have raised over $100,000 since this event began.
As we turn our focus to 2021, Wings of Flight Foundation is proud to sponsor the 80th Anniversary of the No.4 British Flying Training School that was the inspiration for the start of Falcon Field in 1941. We are excited about the community of support we are generating internationally as well as at home.
Dale Churchill - President, Founder and Director
Born and raised in Arizona. He's been hanging around Falcon Field since 1973 beginning at his dad's hangar. Dale graduated from ASU and is married with 3 sons. He has 13 type ratings and likes flying formation the most. His favorite plane to fly is the one he is in. Dale is a captain for American Airlines (former America West) on the B777.
Brian Churchill - Treasurer, Historian and Director
Born and raised in Arizona, Brian went to Arcadia High School and on to graduate from ASU. He started hanging around Falcon Field with his dad and brother when he was just a kid and has been there ever since. He enjoys sharing the rich history of Falcon Field and meeting the WWII pilots that learned to fly here. Brian started with America West Airlines and is currently a first officer on the B777 for American Airlines. He is married with 2 kids and his son, Will, is in the Coast Guard.
Mike Doyle - VP & Director
Mike was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Mesa. He went to Mt. View High School and to U of A. He was hired by America West Airlines as a flight attendant but went on to get his pilot ratings. He is a captain on the A320 for American Airlines. His favorite airplane is the B25, flying with the CAF. Mike loves the chance to introduce people to flying. He has a lovely wife and daughter.
Secretary & IT
Dennis has been a commercial pilot for 40+ years and is currently a captain on the B787 at American Airlines. Job descriptions have included working with the company and the union on scheduling and professional standards committees as well as check airman. Dennis currently volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force in addition to his time spent with Wings of Flight Foundation.
Board of Directors - General Counsel
Began flying in high school with the Civil Air Patrol. She followed her dream of becoming an airline pilot through the U of North Dakota. She is currently a first officer on the B787 for American Airlines and a licensed attorney in Arizona. She is newly married with 3 daughters and they love to travel to far away places. Tania mentors female pilots as well as serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.
Board of Directors - Fundraising
Graduate of Oklahoma State University. Paul served in the US Air Force for 28 years and is a retired Lt Col. He flew as a C-17 Medevac Pilot with over 150 combat missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, Paul is a B777 pilot flying worldwide for United Airlines. Paul and his wife Tami have 3 sons: Garret is serving in the Air Force in Europe, Austin is an Air Force pilot flying C-17s, and Jacob is attending college in Arizona.
Board of Advisors - Operations Assistant
Was born in Jamaica and moved to California at the age of 6. He attended Pacific Union College in the Bay Area before being accepted to the American Airlines cadet program at CAE Oxford Academy at Falcon Field. Ahkeel‘s favorite plane to fly is the Stearman. He likes just hanging around Falcon and watching planes go by.
Board of Advisors - Website Administrator
Born and raised in North Carolina and moved to Arizona in 2013 to flight instruct foreign airline students at Falcon Field. She is a former airline captain and now enjoys her days as a stay at home mom. She and her husband and son spend most of their time at Falcon Field at their hangars on the north side of the airport. Her favorite plane to fly is a super cub.
Board of Advisors - Media Coordinator
Patti is an Arizona native who started her romance with aviation in 1986 when she began her flight attendant career at America West Airlines (now American). Patti is also celebrating her 27th year actively selling real estate in Phoenix and surrounding areas. Married to husband Dennis, they have four children and two grandchildren. Sharing their joint love of aviation with others through Wings of Flight Foundation has been very rewarding.