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Foundation donors gather for updates

Article | 2016, 04 07

AOPA Foundation donors received a private briefing on AOPA and Air Safety Institute initiatives at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 7.

AOPA Foundation funds NYC aviation camp

Article | 2016, 03 02

A mid-winter recess from classes gave 32 New York City sixth through eighth graders time for a hands-on aviation experience.

12 hours, two tickets

Article | 2016, 02 01

Here’s a fun way to spend your next birthday: Get up early, drive three hours, and spend the rest of the day taking tests.

2015 a record-breaker for Hat in the Ring Society

Article | 2016, 01 12

The “amazing generosity” of new and renewing members of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society powered it to a record-breaking 2015.

Goal in sight for Hat in the Ring Society's $200,000 match

Article | 2015, 12 21

The AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society is in the home stretch of the $200,000 match challenge.

Air racing excitement added to AOPA Foundation auction

Article | 2015, 12 09

Imagine witnessing the incomparable thrill of air racing as a VIP spectator after flying a Breitling Extra 300 race plane with its celebrity pilot.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with AOPA Foundation

Article | 2015, 11 30

AOPA members can support the AOPA Foundation during #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting nonprofit organizations during the holiday season.

'Get your bid on'

Article | 2015, 11 23

Watches for every kind of aviator and two pieces of unique aviation jewelry are available to the highest bidder in the AOPA Foundation’s online auction.

Find your tropical getaway in the AOPA Foundation online auction

Article | 2015, 11 19

Three tropical getaways are among the thrilling packages on offer in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Donation funds flight scholarships

Article | 2015, 11 18

A legacy of aviation excellence fostered by the husband and wife team of Frederick and Diane Fitts will continue through a new scholarship program funded by a memorial gift to the AOPA Foundation.

Popular AOPA Foundation online auction opens

Article | 2015, 11 11

Let the bidding begin: The AOPA Foundation’s annual online general aviation auction is open until Dec. 20 and boasts 21 once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, nine flight experiences, seven packages for pilots who enjoy sports, 12 getaway packages, and more.

Hat in the Ring Society membership has its benefits

Article | 2015, 11 04

When pilots join the Hat in the Ring Society they do so to help the future of general aviation, but they also enjoy the privilege of membership and the opportunity to share in great aviation events and meet new people.

Foundation Focus

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 11 03

Keeping the passion for flight alive

Challenge: Double year-end donations to AOPA Foundation

Article | 2015, 10 14

Learning to fly presented you with new challenges, just as there are challenges with every new skill you master. The AOPA Foundation has another challenge for you.

AOPA convenes first High School Aviation Symposium

Article | 2015, 10 06

AOPA is inviting school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance.

2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarship winners announced

Article | 2015, 10 01

Twenty-four individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000.

Pilot Briefing: Giving Back

Pilot Magazine | 2015, 09 29

Civil Air Patrol pilots add compassion flights

$200,000 challenge offered to Hat in the Ring Society

Article | 2015, 09 25

Pilots who join the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society, renew their participation, or upgrade their giving before Dec. 31 will have their efforts matched.

AOPA Foundation announces 2015 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | 2015, 09 22

The AOPA Foundation has awarded $10,000 grants to Build A Plane, Hope Flight Foundation, and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth to promote the groups’ charitable work being done through general aviation.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | 2015, 08 20

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

How to share aviation

Article | 2015, 08 05

Ceci Stratford, a pilot from Simi Valley, California, gives back to aviation by sponsoring Flight Training scholarships.

Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship celebrates flight

Article | 2015, 07 29

Sarah Wilson, the former corporate pilot turned open-cockpit barnstormer, initiated the $5,000 Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship to encourage future pilots who also are looking for something different from their flying. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Aug. 9.

Tied to aviation history, building the future

Article | 2015, 07 09

From World War II pilots to astronauts and commercial airlines, Breitling has served the aviation community with reliable, efficient timepieces since the early days of flying. Now, the Swiss manufacturer is investing in the next generation of pilots with the Breitling Aviation Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship winner earns her certificate

Article | 2015, 07 08

AOPA’s 2014 Noe-Singer Flight Training Scholarship winner earned her private certificate just two days before her eighteenth birthday and then shipped off to the Air Force Academy for basic training.

AOPA Foundation to fund nonprofit flight training scholarships

Article | 2015, 06 23

Nonprofit organizations seeking to offer flight training scholarships to aspiring aviators can receive help funding the scholarships through the AOPA Foundation's new grant program.

Inspiration nation

Article | 2015, 06 16

The airplane remains a potent tool for sparking inspiration, and AOPA is offering new support to the growing movement to bring aeronautics into high school classrooms.

Baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. named Hat in the Ring co-chair

News release | 2015, 06 11

Ken Griffey Jr., the 13-time Major League Baseball All-Star and accomplished private pilot, has been named an honorary co-chair of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society.

BASEBALL ALL-STAR AND PILOT KEN GRIFFEY JR. JOINS AOPA HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR

News release | 2015, 06 10

BASEBALL ALL-STAR AND PILOT KEN GRIFFEY JR. JOINS AOPA HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY AS HONORARY CO-CHAIR

T-6 flight, sim time part of ‘AOPA Experience’

Article | 2015, 05 28

Rick Schwartz, winning bidder for the AOPA Experience package in the AOPA Foundation auction, got a ride in a North American T-6/SNJ during a visit to the association’s Frederick, Maryland, headquarters May 27.

Country star named Hat in The Ring Society co-chair

Article | 2015, 05 26

Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has been named an honorary co-chairman of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in The Ring Society.

AOPA FOUNDATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FLIGHT TRAINING STUDENTS AND YOUNG AVIATORS

News release | 2015, 05 22

AOPA FOUNDATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FLIGHT TRAINING STUDENTS AND YOUNG AVIATORS

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO CHAIR

News release | 2015, 05 22

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO-CHAIR

Grant funds expert instruction

Article | 2015, 05 20

One of the 2014 recipients of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back grant put the dollars to use hiring an expert to teach life-saving skills.

AOPA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2015 'GIVING BACK' GRANT PROGRAM

News release | 2015, 05 07

AOPA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2015 ‘GIVING BACK’ GRANT PROGRAM

2015 Giving Back grant applications open

Article | 2015, 05 07

The AOPA Foundation has announced that it will once again award 10 Giving Back grants to charities that are doing good work through general aviation.

Grant put to good work

Article | 2015, 04 29

A California pilot group demonstrated the power of general aviation to respond in times of need, putting an AOPA Foundation grant to good use.

AOPA Foundation thanks pilots for giving back

Article | 2015, 04 24

Dozens of AOPA Foundation supporters gathered April 24 at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. They were joined by foundation staff who had a simple message: Thank you.

AOPA connects with members at Northwest Aviation Conference

Article | 2015, 02 23

AOPA connected with hundreds of pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts during the thirty-second Northwest Aviation Conference held in Puyallup, Washington, Feb. 21 and 22.

Be prepared

Article | 2015, 01 08

As one family’s tragedy in the Kentucky woods on Jan. 2 captured worldwide attention, air safety experts renewed a call for pilots to be prepared.