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.
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.
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