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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

 

Doc D’Errico is a VP at a leading computer technology company with a PhD in Computer Science. Having a father who was an engineering lead for a major aerospace firm, Doc was introduced to a number of classic aircraft either because his dad had a hand in designing components for it, or because of a shared passion for flying U-control and eventually RC airplanes, learning about them during the builds prior to flight.

Having the bug to fly, Doc began a ground school effort in college, but that was quickly abandoned due to a campus change and eventually having too long of a commute. But the spark ignited, Doc attempted to rekindle that effort a number of times, but time constrains kept getting in the way, just as flying multiple millions of miles, but all commercial as a passenger. Finally, a role change with his company offered Doc the opportunity to devote the time needed to “reboot” his effort from scratch, completing his PPL on AOPA’s Aviation Day, August 19th, 2015!

Not one to just dip his toe in the water, Doc is also a Certified Motorcycle Instructor who puts more miles on his Harley-Davidson than on his car, and a NRA Certified Instructor. “I’m a life-learner, so I like to continue to learn, sharpening my mental and physical skills – when the time is right, I also like to give back to the things I love.” As a Board Member of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and a NRA Benefactor and “Golden Eagle”, Doc understands the important commitment participants need to make to the future, especially the educational and safety programs, so joining the American Bonanza Society, and AOPA, as well as becoming a “Hat In The Ring” member seemed like a natural way to participate in an organization that’s already provided Doc with great learning opportunities.

PPL behind him, Doc is already the proud owner of a Beech Bonanza A36, will have completed the High Performance and Complex endorsements by the time this reaches press, and has already started IFR training. As he gains more experience, he’d love to fly some WWII generation aircraft at some point.


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

  • Don Abbott
  • Thomas Abood
  • R. Adams
  • Robert Agnew
  • Edward Akeyson
  • Larry Allen
  • Myra Allen
  • Joel Altman
  • Stephen Antle
  • H. Arts
  • Mikel Atkins
  • W. Austin
  • Ronald Baade
  • Allan Badrow
  • Donald Baer
  • Samuel Bailey Jr.
  • Kyle Bailey
  • David Baines
  • Keith Baird
  • Gary Baker
  • Jeffrey Baker
  • Freddie Baker
  • Robert Barnhill III
  • Lynn Barr Jr.
  • James Barrett
  • Peter Bartlett
  • James Baum
  • Stephen Bell
  • Chris Bennett
  • Barry Bentley
  • 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
  • Mark Bretz
  • Jacob Brombach IV
  • Harold Brown
  • Tony Brown
  • Patrick Brown
  • Bruce Buhr
  • William Burdette
  • David Burry
  • Curtis Burton
  • Michelee Cabot
  • Neil Cahoon
  • Leland Calhoun
  • Brian Cameron
  • Anne Carlino
  • J. Cashen
  • Bruce Cavarno
  • Raymond Chester
  • Peter Chmelir
  • Douglas Christenson
  • David Christian
  • Kenneth Clausen
  • Paul Click
  • Robert Clippard
  • Scott Coatsworth
  • Adam Coffey
  • John Colman
  • Lawrence Colvin
  • David Congdon
  • Carl Conti
  • Stephen Coonts
  • Thomas Cordingley
  • Mario Corti
  • Dave Coulier
  • James Crawford
  • Kevand Cross
  • John Crow
  • Anastaisia Crowther
  • John Cummings
  • Arthur Curle
  • Thomas Curtis Jr.
  • Stewart Dall Jr.
  • Paul Damiano
  • Murray Danforth
  • John Davis
  • Joseph Davis
  • Laura Del Favero
  • Timothy Delaney
  • David Denton
  • Doc D'Errico
  • Donald Deubler Sr.
  • Paul Diette
  • Gabrielle Disanza
  • Matt Domenici
  • Michael Draelos
  • Debi Dreyfuss
  • William Dubois
  • Tony DuBose
  • Robert Duncan
  • Michael Dunleavy
  • B. J. Dunn
  • Calvin Early
  • Ray Ebner III
  • Nadav Eiron
  • William Eischens
  • John Everson
  • Hershal Ferguson
  • William Fields
  • Gary Fielland
  • Dana Fisher Jr.
  • Harrison Ford
  • Daniel Fordice III
  • Tim Fortune
  • Drake Fox
  • James Fox
  • William Frantz
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Christopher Fuldner
  • John Gabriele
  • Gerald Gaige
  • John Gaither Jr.
  • Chris Galusha
  • Thomas Garrot
  • James Gibertoni
  • Stuart Gibson
  • Peter Gockerman
  • Frank Godchaux III
  • Stephen Goebel
  • Kirby Gonyer
  • Robert Gordon
  • James Gorman
  • Michael Gottdenker
  • Michael Goulian
  • Mike Gourley
  • Steve Graham
  • Frederick Greene
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Terry Griffin
  • Mark Guenin
  • David Guerrieri
  • Kenneth Guthrie
  • Robert Hamilton
  • George Hamlin IV
  • Rodney Harbin
  • John Harman Jr.
  • William Harris
  • Granger Haugh
  • David Haushalter
  • David Hawkins
  • Kevin Hawkins
  • James Hefelfinger
  • Tina Herington
  • Peter Herington
  • Michael Herman
  • David Herrell
  • Richard Higgins
  • John Hill Jr.
  • James Hislop
  • John Hodgkins III
  • Elaine Hodgson
  • Robert Holtaway
  • Karen Hooks
  • James Horan
  • Nathan Houser
  • Calvin Hunziker Jr.
  • Stephen Huse
  • John Huss
  • Rich Iott
  • David Irwin
  • David James
  • Rodney Jarrell
  • Franklin Johnson Jr.
  • Scott Johnson
  • Spring Johnson
  • Samantha Johnson
  • Jim Jones
  • Kenneth Jones
  • Bob Jones
  • Karen Kahn
  • Alan Kane
  • Steven Kaplan
  • Charles Karlin
  • Bruce Kaufman
  • Neil Kaye
  • Kevin Keefer
  • Denise Kenna
  • David Kilcup
  • Todd Kimmes
  • Scott Kirkpatrick
  • Richard Kissinger
  • Frank Klimas
  • Lee Kranefuss
  • Morrie Krasner
  • Jeffrey Kratz
  • Steven Krause
  • Keith Kretschmer
  • Jan Krouwer
  • John Krystyniak
  • Arthur Kudner III
  • James Lally
  • Patrick Larreategui
  • Peter Larson
  • Mark Ledoux
  • Skip Lehman
  • John Lehman
  • Mark Leise
  • Michael Lepore
  • Woody Lesikar
  • Joseph Leverone Jr.
  • John Lewis
  • Jeffery Liljenquist
  • Mary Ann Liljenquist
  • Mark Lisa
  • David Long
  • Stanton Longenecker
  • Herbert Louis
  • Ken Lux
  • Charles Lyford IV
  • Laurie Lyford
  • Katherine Macario
  • Aristides Maldonado Jr.
  • Shawn Malone
  • Thomas Mangione
  • Roland Mansfield
  • Jesus Manteca
  • Guadalupe Manteca
  • Carl Marbach
  • Robert Marmon
  • Adrienne Mars
  • James Martin
  • Victoria Mason
  • Peter Mathisen
  • Gerald May
  • John McCann
  • Patrick McClure
  • Bruce McGlamery
  • Susan McGlamery
  • John McGowan
  • George McMillin
  • Rory McMinn
  • Kenneth Mead
  • Chris Meloni
  • Robert Miller
  • Michael Miller
  • Shane Mitchell
  • Joseph Monaghan
  • Michael Montgomery
  • Wayne Moon
  • Joseph Moran
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Robert Muggia
  • John Mullins
  • Verne Murray III
  • Peter Norton
  • Richard Okita
  • William Oliver
  • James Olson
  • Steven Olson
  • William O'Neil
  • Louis Ortiz
  • Michael Overholzer
  • Tom Owens
  • Jonathan Palmer
  • Vincent Panvini Jr.
  • John Parish
  • Preston Parish
  • Charles Parish
  • John Parker
  • Susan Parson
  • Lee Partyka
  • John Paul
  • Sue Paul
  • Charleen Pelizzari-Murray
  • Antonio Pelletier
  • Jeff Perich
  • Keith Peterson
  • Jay Petkov
  • Jeffrey Poplin
  • Robert Poston
  • George Powell
  • Christopher Quincannon
  • Gregory Quisenberry
  • Craig Raabe
  • Joe Rainey
  • Joseph Ramrath
  • Peter Ranney
  • Beth Raphael
  • Matthew Reedy
  • Thomas Rege
  • Barry Reinherz
  • R. Reynolds
  • John Richardson
  • Andrew Richardson
  • Rolf Ringgold
  • Juan Rodriguez
  • Frank Rodriguez
  • John Rogers
  • Richard Rogers
  • Timothy Rogers
  • Warren Rose
  • Ron Rose
  • Herbert Rosenthal
  • David Roth
  • Shannon Rubicam
  • Mark Ruston
  • Robert Ryker
  • Chris Sammons
  • Jose Sanchez
  • Donald Scattergood
  • Charles Schabacker
  • Gary Schaffer
  • Jason Schappert
  • Ashley Schappert
  • John Schrock
  • Jack Schulte
  • John Seeler
  • Mickey Seeman
  • Louis Seno Jr.
  • Frank Seymour
  • Robert Shackelford Jr.
  • Neil Sherman
  • Kenneth Shores
  • Ronald Short
  • Jeffrey Siegal
  • Old Bob Siegfried
  • Thelma Jean Siegfried
  • Alicia Sikes
  • Thomas Simms
  • Paul Simpson
  • Richard Sloan
  • Stephen Smestad
  • Kirby Smith III
  • Alfred Spain
  • William Spencer
  • Jochen Spengler
  • Billie Sposeto
  • Wendell Sproul
  • Thomas Stadler
  • M. Stanton-Hicks
  • Mark Stapleton
  • Mary Stead
  • Conrad Stegner
  • William Stiles
  • Shepard Stone
  • Jeffrey Storey
  • Jim Stroh
  • James Styring
  • Karl Summers
  • Michael Swain
  • Robyne Teslich
  • Trevor Thies
  • Robert Thompson
  • Darron Thompson
  • Landon Thorne
  • William Tillman Sr.
  • Mike Tompos
  • Eric Torgerson
  • William Totty
  • Patrick Tracy
  • John Trusheim
  • Ivan Truyaert Jr.
  • Pete Turecek
  • John Tye
  • Kenneth Uhlmann
  • J. Uhrig
  • Joseph Usibelli
  • James Van Hook
  • Craig Van Matre
  • Louis Vandermolen
  • Antenor Velazco
  • Kathy Velazco
  • Darcy Vernier
  • Karl Voigt
  • Aulden von Baden
  • Gregory Walker
  • Matthew Wallace
  • James Ward
  • Laura Watson Krieble
  • Larry Webb
  • Fredrick Wegis
  • Claus Weisemann
  • Jeffrey Werner
  • Edward Wesp
  • Thomas Wheeler
  • Colie Whitaker III
  • Stephen Wilcoxson
  • Ben Wilke
  • David Williams
  • Jeff Williams
  • James Williams
  • David Williams
  • Dan Wilson
  • Michael Winer
  • James Winner
  • Todd Winter
  • Lloyd Wofford
  • Adrian Wood
  • Scott Woodland
  • Stuart Woods
  • Wes Wright
  • 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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