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.
Cort de Peyster's first flight was at age 10 with his stepfather who was an RAF Double Ace flying Spitfires out of the U.K. He let him take the controls of a rented 1946 Taylorcraft and was hooked for life. He soloed at age 16.
Cort flew as a flight instructor during college and then flew 135 in charter out of southern Florida and throughout the Caribbean prior to his being hired by United Airlines.
He began his aviation career on the recip powered DC-6 and retired as the number one seniority Captian on the B-747-400 after a 39 year career flying various Boeing and Douglas models.
Always passionate about general aviation, he owned and flew the following aircraft from first to last: 1940 J-5 Cruiser, 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B, 1960 Stits Playboy, 1943 AT-6, 1944 P-51D, 1950 and 1953 C-195s, 1972 Siai Marchetti SF-260M and 2009 Ramos GX, LSA.
Cort currently flies a Citation X in 135 on demand charter for XOJET as a day job and a 1941 Navy N3N biplane with the Reno Chapter of the CAF as well as his Marchetti and Ramos GX.
He has been a member and supporter of AOPA for over 50 years and loves general aviation. He flies 15 days a month for work and almost daily in the summer on days off. Winter is mostly spent skiing.
Cort has approximately 32,000 flight hours.
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Meet and mingle with fellow society members at these upcoming events:
May 21 at Michael J. Smith Field (MRH) in Beaufort, North Carolina;
Aug. 20 at Bremerton National Airport (PWT) in Bremerton, Washington;
Sept. 17 at WK Kellogg Airport (BTL) in Battle Creek, Michigan;
Oct. 1 at Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) in Prescott, Arizona.
AOPA also will participate in other aviation events, including EAA AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun.
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