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Sennheiser Awards Graduates of Able Flight Program with Aviation Headsets at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, WI, JULY 29, 2011--Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser was on hand in Oshkosh this past Tuesday as Able Flight recognized its most recent graduating class of new pilots. This year, three students were awarded their wings by Able Flight: Eric Ingram, Kevin Crombie and Spc. Jermaine Strachan. Each of these individuals earned their pilot certifications through a joint training program run by Able Flight and Purdue University, and Sennheiser recognized their achievements by providing each of them with a TSO-certified HME 110 aviation headset.

Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance. The organization was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and designed the Able Flight Scholarships to enable people with disabilities to pursue that experience.

Sennheiser made the donation as part of its “Live Your Dream” campaign, which is designed to motivate and assist people with a passion for flying to overcome the barriers and begin flight training as a first step towards becoming a pilot and living their dream. Sennheiser has been donating headsets to the Able Flight program for three years.

“Able flight’s mission embodies the very essence of our Live Your Dream campaign,” commented Dave Dunlap, director, Sennheiser Aviation. “Our goal is to remove barriers and encourage people to realize their dream of learning to fly. When we met Charles and heard his message, we realized this was something we needed to support – we are pleased to provide these pilots with a brand new, commercially certified headset that will last them a long time.”

Sennheiser, which has continually supported the aviation community by providing educational and motivational lectures to the general public on issues such as hearing safety and other items, launched its "Live Your Dream" initiative to encourage motivation and training of aspiring pilots. Over the course of the next several months, Sennheiser will be awarding scholarships to flight school valued at a minimum of $1,000 each.

“I met David Dunlap of Sennheiser a few years ago, and I told him one of the things we could really use were great headsets for training purposes,” commented Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight. “He told me they could provide these for the flight schools that we work with. It was a natural extension to give Able Flight graduating students headsets when they got their wings, and Sennheiser said they'd be willing to help us with this. Sennheiser has been supporting us in this regard for several years now and it has been great.”

Kevin Crombie, one of the new pilots who received his wings from Able Flight on Tuesday, commented: “I had a dream when I was little. My dad was a pilot and I really wanted to become a pilot too. We found out about Able Flight, signed up, and the experience was great -- it increased the probability that I would become a pilot. I’m looking forward to trying on my new Sennheiser headset!”

Sennheiser's Live Your Dream is an example of how Sennheiser is providing a measurable contribution towards fostering interest and growth within the aviation community. More information about the Live Your Dream initiative is available at,

Dave Dunlap, Director of Sennheiser Aviation, congratulates the graduating class of Able Flight. Pictured at the podium is Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight.