Textron Aviation Launches Special Olympics Airlift

Event supports the 2022 USA games.

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate in the 2022 games.Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation this week launched its signature industry event—the Special Olympics Airlift (SOA)—that includes a call to Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, Beechcraft Premier, Beechjet and Hawker owners and operators to help transport more than 4,000 athletes and coaches expected to participate in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida.

In a news release, Textron Aviation said it hopes to recruit 228 aircraft owners by February 28, 2022, to help transport participants from all over the US, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to Orlando on June 4, 2022, and return them to their home bases on June 12, 2022. Since the first Special Olympics Airlift in 1987, nearly 10,000 athletes and coaches from across the United States have been flown to the Special Olympics World Games and USA Games. Flying has covered the airlift over the course of its history.

“Textron Aviation, along with our many generous customers and supporters, is extremely excited to kick off the eighth Special Olympics Airlift in support of providing athletes and coaches transportation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “This signature event is a unique opportunity that enables everyone, from our employees to our customers, to ignite our shared passion for lifting others up and supporting our communities by giving the athletes the joy of a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit the Textron SOA site.