Giving Back

May 15, 2013 by Bruce Landsberg

able flight“To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

So said President John F. Kennedy. As pilots we have been given much—the ability to move more freely than most in a country that still allows it (mostly). We get to see and do things that most of our citizens can only dream of. And if we are to continue, the story must be told more widely to bring new people into this wonderful world of GA and to appreciate it even if they don’t fly. This isn’t easy, and there are barriers—some of the largest being the economic ones. But opportunity resides in crisis, and we’re pleased to be taking steps to help those truly deserving.

If you are a GA charitable organization, a student pilot in need of a scholarship, a teen interested in aviation, or a military member interested in joining AOPA, read on for some big news.

The AOPA Foundation is giving money away! 

Perhaps it’s better put that we’re investing in the future. (I sometimes get carried away!) Thanks to the generosity of pilots like you, the AOPA Foundation is able to provide some much needed financial support in two key areas: growing the pilot population, and improving the image of general aviation. There are many groups doing great work such as disaster relief, transportation by volunteer pilots, medical flights, and so much more. This week the Foundation launched the Giving Back program to provide just a little extra lift to those who will help carry the message of the benefits of flight. We’re giving back to those who give back to the GA community. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” So said Anne Frank.

Here’s an overview:

Nonprofit organizations doing charitable work through GA can apply for grants to support their mission. Grant applications are being accepted now through July 1. Ten grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, in October.

Ten flight training scholarships will be awarded to deserving student pilots. Not only will that add pilots to our ranks, but scholarship winners are natural ambassadors for GA, helping to improve our image as perceived by the general public. Do you remember when you first became a pilot? It was ALL you talked about—at least I did.

Lastly, we will provide 2,500 free AOPA memberships to teens through the AOPA AV8RS program and to active military members in order to introduce these segments of the population to the world of general aviation.

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” So said President Abraham Lincoln. In the pilot community these days there’s no shortage of critical opinion. Some pilots even have more than one! Add some weight to it by making a contribution; click here to make a donation directly to the Foundation’s Giving Back project. It will be invested wisely, and it’s tax deductible!

And I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Safe Flights.

Bruce Landsberg
Senior Safety Advisor, Air Safety Institute

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