Blind pilot flying from Arizona to Washington this week

Twenty-one-year-old Kaiya Armstrong is on her way to Washington, D.C., but this is no ordinary trip. Armstrong lost her sight when she was 14 years old, and she spent months learning to fly a plane so she could make the cross-country trip.

“There’s so many people out there that don’t realize that they don’t have limitations,” she said. “I want this flight to prove to everyone, to the world, to stop limiting yourself.”

The Foundation for Blind Children is helping Armstrong realize her dream, pairing her up with a sighted co-pilot, Tyler Sinclair.

“The very first time we went up we spent a lot of time just listening to the engine itself, and learning what the different speeds sound like so I’d be able to find them on my own,” Armstrong said. “He’d have me put my hands on the controls and steer us into small turns and larger turns giving me a feel of both.”

She’d quickly take the controls, flying by feel under Sinclair’s watchful eyes.

“She’s flying the whole thing. I’m just there to kind of talk her through it. I barely touch the controls,” Sinclair said.

Armstrong and Sinclair will make several stops on their way to D.C. They are expected to arrive in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

By Cameron Polom,