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AOPA Foundation Hat in the Ring Society

 

Harrison Ford, Co-Chairman

Harrison Ford, Co-Chair

With instrument and fixed-wing single- and multiengine ratings and a helicopter certificate, Harrison Ford is an experienced pilot who values the utility and joys of aviation. Channeling his passion for the industry, Ford touts its benefits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Morgan Freeman, Co-Chairman

Morgan Freeman, Co-Chair

Morgan Freeman joined AOPA soon after passing his check ride, and is proud to call himself a Hat in the Ring Society member. Morgan began flying only 10 years ago and like many pilots he wishes he’d started sooner. The more he flies the more he realizes that America’s general aviation system is truly a national treasure, and that as pilots we have a significant duty to protect that treasure.

Hat in the Ring Society

Hear Hat in the Ring Society Member Paul Diette talk about the program. Find out why you should join this group of leaders who take enormous pride in shaping and strengthening our freedom to fly.


Hat in the Ring Member of the Month

hat in the ring After about a year of working and attending Georgia State University, Jim "Frog" Jones decided to join the United States Air Force. Jim knew he wanted to serve in the military, as it was a family tradition. With three uncles in the USAF which influenced his decision for the USAF rather than the USMC. He served in the Minuteman Missile Program at Vandenberg AFB, CA and attended Alan Hancock College.

“If you think you can, or think you can’t … you’re right,” advises Jim Jones, VP of the Tucker-based Dixie Industrial Finishing Co., as he does his part to inspire and encourage the group of Kindergarteners sitting in a semi-circle around him. Also a pilot, Jones has been a familiar face at the Madison Muni Airport for the past 24 years. An active volunteer, Jones has a passion for aviation and enjoys introducing youngsters to the sport. Jones houses his Swift and Cessna airplanes at the Madison Airport and, while the Cessna is a “company plane,” the Swift is the plane that holds his heartstrings.

On one of his first flight lessons with an instructor, Jones spied a plane on the runway that reminded him of the ones he drew as a child. “What is that?” he inquired. “That,” the instructor answered, “Is probably the most beautiful airplane that has ever been built. That is a Swift.” Shortly after that conversation, the opportunity to purchase a Swift airplane presented itself, and Jones earned his wings from its cockpit. That same aircraft is the one he proudly stands in front of at this show, and which still holds his interest and fascination. Jim has been a proud member of AOPA for over 30 years!


Thank you to all of our 2015 Hat in the Ring Members!

  • Don Abbott
  • Thomas Abood
  • Robert Agnew
  • Edward Akeyson
  • Larry Allen
  • Myra Allen
  • Joel Altman
  • Stephen Antle
  • H. Arts
  • Mikel Atkins
  • Ronald Baade
  • Allan Badrow
  • Samuel Bailey Jr.
  • Kyle Bailey
  • David Baines
  • Gary Baker
  • Jeffrey Baker
  • Freddie Baker
  • Robert Barnhill III
  • James Barrett
  • James Baum
  • Stephen Bell
  • Chris Bennett
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Jeffrey Berg
  • Bruce Berkowitz
  • Steven Bernstein
  • James Bersig
  • Jim Black
  • William Blake
  • Earle Blomeyer
  • Stephanie Blomeyer
  • Clifford Boese
  • Deanna Boese
  • Allen Boger Jr.
  • William Borchert
  • G. Borsari
  • Joe Bouley
  • Dwight Bowden
  • Penelope Bowman
  • Raymond Bowman
  • Robert Brahm
  • J. Brausch
  • Jacob Brombach IV
  • Harold Brown
  • Tony Brown
  • Bruce Buhr
  • William Burdette
  • Curtis Burton
  • Neil Cahoon
  • Brian Cameron
  • Anne Carlino
  • J. Cashen
  • Bruce Cavarno
  • Ray Chester
  • Peter Chmelir
  • Peter Chmelir
  • Douglas Christenson
  • Robert Clippard
  • Scott Coatsworth
  • Adam Coffey
  • John Colman
  • Lawrence Colvin
  • David Congdon
  • Stephen Coonts
  • Thomas Cordingley
  • Mario Corti
  • Dave Coulier
  • James Crawford
  • J. D. Crow
  • Anastaisia Crowther
  • John Cummings
  • Thomas Curtis Jr.
  • Paul Damiano
  • Murray Danforth
  • Joseph Davis
  • Laura Del Favero
  • Doc D'Errico
  • Paul S. Diette
  • Gabrielle Disanza
  • Matt Domenici
  • Michael Draelos
  • Debi Dreyfuss
  • William Dubois
  • Tony DuBose
  • Robert Duncan
  • Michael Dunleavy
  • B. J. Dunn
  • Cal Early
  • Ray Ebner III
  • William Eischens
  • John Everson
  • William Fields
  • Gary Fielland
  • Bart Fisher
  • Harrison Ford
  • Daniel Fordice III
  • Tim Fortune
  • Drake Fox
  • James Fox
  • William Frantz
  • Morgan Freeman
  • John Gabriele
  • Gerald Gaige
  • John Gaither Jr.
  • Thomas Garrot
  • James Gibertoni
  • Stuart Gibson
  • Peter Gockerman
  • Frank Godchaux III
  • Kirby Gonyer
  • Robert Gordon
  • James Gorman
  • Michael Gottdenker
  • Michael Goulian
  • Mike Gourley
  • Steve Graham
  • Frederick Greene
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Terry Griffin
  • David Guerrieri
  • Kenneth Guthrie
  • Robert Hamilton
  • George Hamlin IV
  • Rodney Harbin
  • William Harris
  • David Haushalter
  • David Hawkins
  • Kevin Hawkins
  • James Hefelfinger
  • Tina Herington
  • Marshall Herington
  • Michael Herman
  • David C. Herrell
  • Richard Higgins
  • John Hill Jr.
  • James Hislop
  • John Hodgkins III
  • Elaine Hodgson
  • Robert Holtaway
  • James Horan
  • Calvin Hunziker Jr.
  • John Huss
  • Rich Iott
  • David Irwin
  • David L. James
  • Rodney Jarrell
  • Franklin Johnson Jr.
  • Scott Johnson
  • Spring Johnson
  • Samantha Johnson
  • Jim “Frog” Jones
  • Kenneth Jones
  • Bob Jones
  • Alan Kane
  • Steven Kaplan
  • Charles Karlin
  • Bruce Kaufman
  • Neil Kaye
  • Kevin Keefer
  • Denise Kenna
  • Todd Kimmes
  • Scott Kirkpatrick
  • Scott Kirkpatrick
  • Richard Kissinger
  • Frank Klimas
  • Lee Kranefuss
  • Morrie Krasner
  • Jeffrey Kratz
  • Steven Krause
  • Keith Kretschmer
  • Jan Krouwer
  • John Krystyniak
  • Arthur Kudner III
  • Patrick Larreategui
  • Peter Larson
  • Skip Lehman
  • John Lehman
  • Mark Leise
  • Michael Lepore
  • Woody Lesikar
  • Joseph Leverone Jr.
  • John Lewis
  • Jeffery P. Liljenquist
  • Mary Ann Liljenquist
  • David Long
  • Herbert Louis
  • Ken Lux
  • Charles Lyford IV
  • Laurie Lyford
  • Roland Mansfield
  • Jesus Manteca
  • Guadalupe Manteca
  • Carl Marbach
  • Robert Marmon
  • James Martin
  • Victoria Mason
  • Peter Mathisen
  • John McCann
  • John McGowan
  • George McMillin
  • Rory McMinn
  • Kenneth Mead
  • Chris Meloni
  • Robert Miller
  • Michael Miller
  • Joseph Monaghan
  • Michael Montgomery
  • Joseph Moran
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Robert Muggia
  • John Mullins
  • Verne Murray III
  • Jon Neary
  • Peter Norton
  • William O Neil
  • William Oliver
  • James Olson
  • Steven Olson
  • Louis Ortiz
  • Michael Overholzer
  • Tom Owens
  • Jonathan Palmer
  • Vincent A. Panvini Jr.
  • John Parish
  • Preston Parish
  • Charles Parish
  • Significance Foundation - John C. Parker, MD
  • Susan Parson
  • Lee Partyka
  • John Paul
  • Sue Paul
  • Charleen Pelizzari-Murray
  • Antonio Pelletier
  • Jeff Perich
  • Jay Petkov
  • Jeffrey Poplin
  • Robert Poston
  • George Powell
  • Christopher Quincannon
  • Craig Raabe
  • Matthew C. Reedy Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Thomas Rege
  • R. Reynolds
  • John Richardson
  • Rolf Ringgold
  • John Rogers
  • Richard Rogers
  • Timothy Rogers
  • Warren Rose
  • Ron Rose
  • Herbert Rosenthal
  • David Roth
  • Chris Sammons
  • Jose Sanchez
  • Donald Scattergood
  • Gary Schaffer
  • Jason Schappert
  • Ashley Schappert
  • John Schrock
  • Jack Schulte
  • John Seeler
  • Mickey Seeman
  • Robert Shackelford Jr.
  • Neil Sherman
  • Kenneth Shores
  • Ronald Short
  • Jeffrey Siegal
  • Old Bob Siegfried
  • Thelma Jean Siegfried
  • Alicia Sikes
  • Thomas Simms
  • Paul Simpson
  • Kirby Smith III
  • Alfred Spain
  • William Spencer
  • Billie Sposeto
  • Wendell Sproul
  • Thomas Stadler
  • M. Stanton-Hicks
  • Mark Stapleton
  • Mary Stead
  • Conrad Stegner
  • William G. Stiles
  • Shepard Stone
  • Jeffrey Storey
  • James Styring
  • Karl Summers
  • Michael Swain
  • Robyne Teslich
  • Trevor Thies
  • Robert Thompson
  • Darron Thompson
  • Landon Thorne
  • William Tillman Sr.
  • Eric Torgerson
  • William Totty
  • Pat Tracy
  • Dr. John E. Trusheim
  • Ivan Truyaert Jr.
  • Pete Turecek
  • Kenneth Uhlmann
  • J. Uhrig
  • Joseph Usibelli
  • James Van Hook
  • Craig Van Matre
  • Louis Vandermolen
  • Antenor Velazco
  • Kathy Velazco
  • Karl Voigt
  • Aulden von Baden
  • Gregory Walker
  • Matthew Wallace
  • James Ward
  • Laura Watson Krieble
  • Larry Webb
  • Fredrick Wegis
  • Claus Weisemann
  • Jeffrey Werner
  • Thomas Wheeler
  • Stephen Wilcoxson
  • Ben Wilke
  • David Williams
  • Jeff Williams
  • James Williams
  • David Williams
  • Dan Wilson
  • Michael Winer
  • James Winner
  • Lloyd Wofford
  • Adrian Wood
  • Stuart Woods
  • Brad Zaro

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AOPA President Mark Baker presents to Hat in the Ring Society members at the Chino Fly-In.

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AOPA President Mark Baker speaks to Hat in the Ring Society members at the Chino Fly-In.

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