Keeping Pilots Safe.
Safeguarding the future of GA.
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-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.
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.
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.
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