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Hat in the Ring Society Members

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

Mchael Swain, Dec. 2014 Hat in the Ring Member

Michael Swain and family

 

Michael Swain, a railroad operations expert with CSX, has been an AOPA member since 2001. He began flying in 1990 and earned his private pilots license on his 17th birthday in 1992. It took mowing a lot of neighborhood lawns to pay for lessons back then, but if you want it bad enough, you'll find a way. He added an instrument rating in 2004.

He flies a Piper Cherokee based at Herlong airport in Jacksonville, FL and is in the air every chance he gets. I share my passion at every opportunity, and it's also why I support and believe in the critical mission AOPA and the Foundation play in preserving our freedom to fly and advance safety and education.

When not in the air Michael is often in his garage working on his scratch built Bearhawk project. He just finished the left wing and hopes one day to use the Bearhawk's 1300 pound useful load to pack the plane full of family and camping gear and enjoy. 

His family loves to fly-in and camp with the plane, in fact his 4 year old daughter does not know you can camp without airplanes! Whether we visit Sun N Fun, Oshkosh, Triple Tree or the AOPA fly-ins....they always take off with more friends than when we arrived, and that's what it's all about.


Thank you to all of our 2014 Hat in the Ring Members!

  • Don Abbott
  • Thomas Abood
  • Bobby Adkins
  • Ruediger Adolf
  • Robert Agnew
  • Edward Akeyson
  • Mark Aloe
  • Andrew Alson
  • Carol Andrews
  • Stephen Antle
  • H. Arts
  • Mikel Atkins
  • Ronald Baade
  • Allan Badrow
  • Donald Baer
  • Bobby Bailey
  • Kyle Bailey
  • Samuel Bailey Jr.
  • David Baines
  • Thomas Baisden
  • Freddie Baker
  • Gary Baker
  • Paul Bancroft
  • Michael Baraz
  • Robert Barnhill III
  • Paul Barringer
  • Jeffrey Barrow
  • Kennis Baskin
  • Alan Bass
  • Sigrid Baumann
  • Jeffrey Berg
  • Bruce Berkowitz
  • James Bersig
  • Dr. Peter Bing
  • William Blake
  • Earle Blomeyer
  • Stephanie Blomeyer
  • Allen Boger Jr.
  • Bjarne Borg
  • Dwight Bowden
  • Robert Brahm
  • Robert Bretscher
  • Will Brewer III
  • Alan Brodkin
  • Jacob Brombach IV
  • Andrew Brooks
  • Pat Broussard
  • Alton Brown
  • Harold Brown
  • Phillip Bruns
  • Betty Bucci
  • John Bucher
  • James Buck
  • Joseph Budd
  • William Burdette
  • William Burnette
  • Curtis Burton
  • Steven Busuttil
  • Dr. Robert Byrd
  • Neil Cahoon
  • Zack Caldwell
  • Harry Calvino
  • Brian Cameron
  • Lucien Capone
  • Robert Carmean
  • Charles Carr
  • John Carr
  • Adam Carroll
  • James Cash
  • Louise Cather
  • Raymond Chester
  • Julie Clark
  • Scott Coatsworth
  • Timothy Cobb
  • John Colman
  • Dr. Lawrence Colvin
  • Carl Conti
  • Thomas Cordingley
  • Mario Corti
  • Dave Coulier
  • William Cowart
  • L Thomas Cox
  • John Crow
  • John Cummings
  • Stewart Dall Jr.
  • Mustafa Dar
  • Eric Davis
  • Joseph Davis
  • James Deer
  • Laura Del Favero
  • Emidio Delconte
  • Georgia Denio
  • Kenneth Denio
  • Felix Denmon
  • David Denton
  • Jeff Derossette
  • Doc D'Errico
  • Peter Desoto
  • Donald Deubler Sr.
  • Paul Diette
  • Cynthia Dillion
  • Richard Doleshek
  • Matt Domenici
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • William Dubois
  • Tony Dubose
  • Marc Dulude
  • Michael Dunleavy
  • Dr. Calvin Early
  • Dean Edmonds Jr.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Epstein
  • John Everson
  • Arthur Fairley
  • Robert Farris
  • Ray Fiechter
  • David Fields
  • C. Filer
  • Dennis Firestone
  • Dana Fisher Jr.
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Brendan Fitzpatrick
  • Ronald Fletcher
  • George Fonseca
  • Harrison Ford
  • Daniel Fordice III
  • Drake Fox
  • Howard Frank Jr.
  • William Frantz
  • John Frazer Jr.
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Walter Fricke
  • F. Fuhrman
  • June Fulton-Margiewicz
  • John Gabriele
  • Gerald Gaige
  • John Gaither Jr.
  • Charles Gallaway
  • Christopher Galloway
  • Chris Galusha
  • Van Gates
  • James Gibertoni
  • Frank Godchaux III
  • Stephen Goebel
  • Kirby Gonyer
  • Robert Gordon
  • James Gorman
  • Michael Goulian
  • Mike Gourley
  • George Gratton
  • Frederick Greene
  • Terry Griffin
  • Roger Griggs
  • Dustin Gross
  • Gary Gross
  • Eduard Guimaraes
  • P. Haggerty Jr.
  • Arthur Hale
  • George Hall
  • Robert Hamilton
  • Richard Hansen Jr.
  • James Harker
  • Meghan Harker
  • John Harman Jr.
  • Phillip Harper
  • James Harrill
  • James Hassenstab
  • Granger Haugh
  • David Haushalter
  • D. Hawkins
  • Derek Hawkins
  • Scott Heck
  • James Hefelfinger
  • Erik Heggland
  • Klaus Heidegger
  • Russell Hensley
  • Marshall Herington
  • Tina Herington
  • David Herrell II
  • John Hiatt
  • Richard Higgins
  • John Hodgkins III
  • Karl Hoffman
  • Robert Horner
  • Joseph Horton
  • Kenneth Horwitz
  • Robert Howe
  • Terrence Howe
  • Glenn Hudson
  • Richard Jacobs
  • David James
  • A. D. Johnson Jr.
  • Howard Johnson
  • John Jorgensen Sr.
  • Karen Kahn
  • Alan Kane
  • Steven Kaplan
  • Charles Karlin
  • Dr. Bruce Kaufman
  • Dr. Neil Kaye
  • Karen Kaylor
  • Dr. Kenneth Kaylor
  • Dr. Gary Kearney
  • Kevin Keefer
  • Aaron Kehoe
  • Denise Kenna
  • Stephanie Kenyon
  • Walter Kenyon
  • Todd Kimmes
  • Robert Klein
  • David Kleine
  • Florence Kleine
  • Frank Klimas
  • Stephen Kline
  • Jim Knowles
  • Charles Krasne
  • Morrie Krasner
  • Jeffrey Kratz
  • Arthur Kudner III
  • John Kuetemeyer
  • Chris Kuhlman
  • John LaBonte
  • James Lally
  • Patrick Larreategui
  • Robert Larson
  • James Lawrence Sr.
  • Angela Leedy
  • John Lehman
  • Mark Leise
  • Richard Lemon
  • Michael Lepore
  • Woody Lesikar
  • Joseph Leverone Jr.
  • Robert Lightstone
  • Paul Lilly
  • Richard Lindstrom
  • Dr. Herbert Louis
  • Katherine Macario
  • Walter MacKinlay
  • Jason Madewell
  • Michael Madigan
  • John Mahany
  • Roger Maki
  • Shanon Maki
  • Shawn Malone
  • Bob Mames
  • Roland Manarin
  • Neil Mancuso
  • Roland Mansfield
  • John Mantione
  • Louis Manzi
  • Carl Marbach
  • Vincent Margiewicz
  • James Martin
  • Micah Martin
  • Peter Mathisen
  • George Matthews
  • Sara Maurer
  • Gerald May
  • John Mayes
  • Noel Mc Donald
  • James Mc Grath
  • Steve McKibbon
  • Rory Mcminn
  • Jon McMurtrie
  • Kenneth Mead
  • Michael Megler
  • Chris Meloni
  • Curtis Mewbourne
  • David Miller
  • Marc Miller
  • Robert Miller
  • Robert Mittelstaedt
  • Tom Moore
  • Dr. John Moorehouse
  • James Morgan
  • David Morphy
  • Joseph Morris
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Richard Morrison
  • Danny Morrow
  • Matthew Mozur
  • Robert Muggia
  • John Mullins
  • Nicholas Musashe
  • Doug Muse
  • Patrick Newton
  • James Noble Jr.
  • Douglas Olson
  • James Olson
  • Dr. Steven Olson
  • David Oreck
  • Christine Ossowski
  • Gerald Ossowski
  • Michael Overholzer
  • Jonathan Palmer
  • Vincent Panvini Jr.
  • Preston Parish
  • Susan Parson
  • Lee Partyka
  • Mark Patterson
  • Stephen Pearl
  • Antonio Pelletier
  • Harlan Pelz
  • Jeff Perich
  • Jay Petkov
  • Michael Pfleger
  • Wayne Phillips
  • David Porter
  • George Powell
  • James Pratt
  • Dr. Fred Prentice
  • Mary Price
  • K. Proctor
  • Len Quiat
  • Craig Raabe
  • Michael Raney
  • Beth Raphael
  • Bruce Ray
  • Matthew Reedy
  • Klaus Rexroth
  • Robert Reyling
  • Bruce Roberts
  • Donald Robinson
  • Gordon Rock
  • John Rogers
  • Richard Rogers
  • Timothy Rogers
  • William Rogers
  • Ron Rose
  • Warren Rose
  • Dr. Joel Rosenlicht
  • Herbert Rosenthal
  • Albert Rosenthaler
  • Steven Rowe
  • William Runze IV
  • Geoff Rusack
  • Mark Ruston
  • Robert Ryker
  • Timothy Saltonstall
  • Donald Scattergood
  • John Schevers
  • Charles Schnatter
  • Michael Schrage
  • Clint Schuler
  • Jack Schulte
  • Charles Schultz
  • Hans Schwarz
  • Ben Sclair
  • John Seeler
  • Louis Seno Jr.
  • Victor Serodino
  • Jose Serra
  • Robert Shackelford Jr.
  • Kenneth Shores
  • Ronald Short
  • Robert Showalter
  • Robert Siedle
  • Jeffrey Siegal
  • Old Bob Siegfried
  • Thelma Jean Siegfried
  • Alicia Sikes
  • Thomas Simms
  • Paul Simpson
  • Paul Skoglund
  • Fred Slater
  • Richard Sloan
  • David Smarro
  • Kim Smith
  • Richard Smith
  • Alfred Spain
  • Jochen Spengler
  • Billie Sposeto
  • Dr. M. Stanton-Hicks
  • Mark Stapleton
  • Roland Stewart III
  • Bill Stiles
  • Shepard Stone
  • Dr. Jeffrey Storey
  • Eric Stroud
  • William Stuehr
  • James Styring
  • Michael Swain
  • Tom Teetor
  • Terry Theken
  • Joseph Thibodeau
  • Steven Thompson
  • Brian Thomson
  • Jack Threadgill
  • Col. William Tillman Sr.
  • Jeanne Timmons
  • Eleanor Todd
  • William Totty
  • Charles Towles
  • Patrick Tracy
  • A. Travnicek
  • J Treland
  • John Trusheim
  • Ivan Truyaert Jr.
  • John Tye
  • Kenneth Uhlmann
  • Dr. James Van Hook
  • Brian Vatthauer
  • Paul Vesely
  • Frederic Vicik
  • Greg Viola
  • Dr. Victor Vogel
  • Jami Heidegger
  • Chris VonGoetz
  • Eric Walden
  • Gregory Walker
  • Jamie Wallace
  • Matthew Wallace
  • Charles Wallasch
  • Debra Warren
  • Robert Warren
  • Louis Waters Jr.
  • Claus Weisemann
  • John Weiser
  • James Welch Jr.
  • Roger Werner
  • Edward Wiese
  • Stephen Wilcoxson
  • Alexander Williams
  • David Williams
  • Gregg Williams
  • James Winner
  • Todd Winter
  • John Wisdom
  • John Witschey
  • Marvin Woidyla
  • Adrian Wood
  • Alvin Wood
  • Dorothy Wood
  • Stuart Woods
  • Jim Wooldridge
  • Glenn Woolsey
  • Ange Workman
  • Stephen Zimmer
  • Guillermo Zuloga

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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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