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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

John Gabriele, Nov. 2014 Hat in the Ring Society member

John Gabriele

 

John Gabriele, a Naval Flight Officer and retired Naval Aviator who began military flying in 1974, has been an AOPA member since 1987 and a strong supporter of the Air Safety Institute.

Having instructed military and civilian pilots, he is a lifetime Daedalian, member of COPA and EAA, a CFI/II/MEI and a Cirrus owner based at Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, NJ.

When not serving as a FedEx MD-11 Captain and ALPA Accident Investigator with NTSB team experience, John enjoys flying his SR22 to US Domestic, Canadian and Caribbean destinations.

John mentors family and friends in Private and Instrument Training, professional development and aircraft ownership and also encourages pilots to participate in Aviation Safety seminars and continue their Proficiency Training.


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

  • Don Abbott
  • Thomas Abood
  • Ruediger Adolf
  • Robert Agnew
  • Edward Akeyson
  • 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
  • Kennis Baskin
  • Alan Bass
  • Sigrid Baumann
  • Jeffrey Berg
  • Bruce Berkowitz
  • James Bersig
  • William Blake
  • Allen Boger Jr.
  • Dwight Bowden
  • Robert Brahm
  • Robert Bretscher
  • Will Brewer III
  • Alan Brodkin
  • Jacob Brombach IV
  • Andrew Brooks
  • Pat Broussard
  • Alton Brown
  • Harold Brown
  • Betty Bucci
  • James Buck
  • William Burdette
  • William Burnette
  • Curtis Burton
  • Steven Busuttil
  • Dr. Robert Byrd
  • Neil Cahoon
  • Zack Caldwell
  • 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
  • L Thomas Cox
  • John Cummings
  • Stewart Dall Jr.
  • Eric Davis
  • Joseph Davis
  • Laura Del Favero
  • Emidio Delconte
  • Georgia Denio
  • Kenneth Denio
  • Felix Denmon
  • David Denton
  • Doc D'Errico
  • 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
  • Dennis Firestone
  • Dana Fisher Jr.
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Brendan Fitzpatrick
  • Ronald Fletcher
  • George Fonseca
  • Harrison Ford
  • Daniel Fordice III
  • Howard Frank Jr.
  • William Frantz
  • John Frazer Jr.
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Walter Fricke
  • F. Fuhrman
  • John Gabriele
  • Gerald Gaige
  • John Gaither Jr.
  • Christopher Galloway
  • Chris Galusha
  • Van Gates
  • James Gibertoni
  • Stephen Goebel
  • Kirby Gonyer
  • Robert Gordon
  • James Gorman
  • Michael Goulian
  • Mike Gourley
  • George Gratton
  • Frederick Greene
  • Dustin Gross
  • Gary Gross
  • P. Haggerty Jr.
  • George Hall
  • Robert Hamilton
  • Richard Hansen Jr.
  • James Harker
  • Meghan Harker
  • John Harman Jr.
  • Phillip Harper
  • James Harrill
  • Granger Haugh
  • David Haushalter
  • D. Hawkins
  • Derek Hawkins
  • James Hefelfinger
  • Erik Heggland
  • Russell Hensley
  • Marshall Herington
  • Tina Herington
  • David Herrell II
  • Richard Higgins
  • John Hodgkins III
  • Karl Hoffman
  • Robert Horner
  • Joseph Horton
  • Robert 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
  • Todd Kimmes
  • Robert Klein
  • David Kleine
  • Florence Kleine
  • Frank Klimas
  • Stephen Kline
  • 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.
  • Paul Lilly
  • Richard Lindstrom
  • Dr. Herbert Louis
  • Katherine Macario
  • Walter MacKinlay
  • Jason Madewell
  • Michael Madigan
  • Roger Maki
  • Shanon Maki
  • Shawn Malone
  • Bob Mames
  • Roland Mansfield
  • John Mantione
  • Louis Manzi
  • Carl Marbach
  • James Martin
  • Peter Mathisen
  • Sara Maurer
  • Gerald May
  • John Mayes
  • Noel Mc Donald
  • James Mc Grath
  • Steve McKibbon
  • Rory Mcminn
  • Jon McMurtrie
  • Kenneth Mead
  • Chris Meloni
  • Curtis Mewbourne
  • Marc Miller
  • Robert Miller
  • Robert Mittelstaedt
  • Dr. John Moorehouse
  • James Morgan
  • David Morphy
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Richard Morrison
  • Danny Morrow
  • Matthew Mozur
  • John Mullins
  • Doug Muse
  • Patrick Newton
  • James Noble Jr.
  • Douglas 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
  • Jeff Perich
  • Jay Petkov
  • Michael Pfleger
  • Wayne Phillips
  • David Porter
  • George Powell
  • James Pratt
  • Mary Price
  • K. Proctor
  • Len Quiat
  • Craig Raabe
  • Michael Raney
  • Beth Raphael
  • Matthew Reedy
  • Klaus Rexroth
  • Robert Reyling
  • Bruce Roberts
  • Donald Robinson
  • Gordon Rock
  • John Rogers
  • Richard Rogers
  • Timothy Rogers
  • Ron Rose
  • Warren Rose
  • Dr. Joel Rosenlicht
  • Herbert Rosenthal
  • Steven Rowe
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steven Thompson
  • Brian Thomson
  • Jack Threadgill
  • Col. William Tillman Sr.
  • Jeanne Timmons
  • Eleanor Todd
  • William Totty
  • Charles Towles
  • Patrick Tracy
  • A. Travnicek
  • J Treland
  • Ivan Truyaert Jr.
  • John Tye
  • Kenneth Uhlmann
  • Dr. James Van Hook
  • Brian Vatthauer
  • Paul Vesely
  • Frederic Vicik
  • Greg Viola
  • Dr. Victor Vogel
  • Chris VonGoetz
  • Eric Walden
  • Gregory Walker
  • Jamie Wallace
  • Matthew Wallace
  • Charles Wallasch
  • Debra Warren
  • Robert Warren
  • Louis Waters Jr.
  • Claus Weisemann
  • John Weiser
  • Edward Wiese
  • Stephen Wilcoxson
  • Alexander Williams
  • James Winner
  • Todd Winter
  • John Witschey
  • Marvin Woidyla
  • Adrian Wood
  • Alvin Wood
  • Dorothy Wood
  • Stuart Woods
  • Jim Wooldridge
  • Glenn Woolsey
  • 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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