Mauiva Provides Unforgettable Thrills to Children With Life-Threatening Illnesses

Group of Culturally Diverse Children Gets Rare Opportunity to Feel What It's Like to Be a Pilot

Aug 23, 2010, 14:00 ET from Mauiva

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses, even the small joys in life can be memorable events. When they experience something truly unique, it can be the thrill of a lifetime.

That's why Mauiva, an unique Orlando-based attraction that allows people to 'tour' the city from the clouds, took a group of 28 culturally diverse Israeli children, 14 Arab and 14 Jewish, for a series of special flights through the skies of Orlando earlier this week. For these children, ages 7 to 17 and each facing life-threatening cancer, it was a rare opportunity to forget their troubles and feel what it's like to be a pilot flying over Orlando.

Mauiva also hosted a reception for the children in a hangar at the Kissimmee Airport and gave each of them a pilot certificate. Many of the children, who have seen many of Orlando's top tourist attractions while visiting, said the Mauiva experience was their favorite part of the trip. The company provided the entire experience free of charge and has donated more than $200,000 to date in 2010 in conjunction with Give Kids the Sky, a program that arranges this air experience for children of Give Kids the World.

About Mauiva

Launched in 2009, Mauiva provides you the best view of Orlando with exhilarating flights above the area's finest attractions. For those who want a truly unique experience, Mauiva offers special packages that allow passengers to let their inner pilots come out and actually fly the plane themselves. Mauiva has already flown more than 2,000 passengers and has quickly become one of the most unique attractions in Orlando. For more information, visit

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