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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

Mchael Swain, Dec. 2014 Hat in the Ring Member

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.


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

  • Don Abbott
  • Thomas Abood
  • Derek Adams
  • Bobby Adkins
  • Ruediger Adolf
  • Robert Agnew
  • Edward Akeyson
  • Ronald Alexander
  • Mark Aloe
  • Russ Alsobrook
  • Andrew Alson
  • Carol Andrews
  • Marvin Ange
  • Stephen Antle
  • H. Arts
  • Mikel Atkins
  • David Austin
  • 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
  • Brent Barbour
  • Robert Barnhill III
  • Lynn Barr Jr.
  • Paul Barringer
  • Jeffrey Barrow
  • Kennis Baskin
  • Alan Bass
  • James Baum
  • Sigrid Baumann
  • Jeffrey Berg
  • Christian Berge
  • Bruce Berkowitz
  • Fred Berry Jr.
  • James Bersig
  • Gary Bier
  • Dr. Peter Bing
  • William Blake
  • Earle Blomeyer
  • Stephanie Blomeyer
  • Brent Blue
  • Allen Boger Jr.
  • Bjarne Borg
  • Dwight Bowden
  • Donald Bowles
  • Elbert Boyd Jr.
  • Larry Bragg
  • Robert Brahm
  • Harriet Bregman
  • Robert Bretscher
  • Will Brewer III
  • Alan Brodkin
  • Jacob Brombach IV
  • Andrew Brooks
  • Pat Broussard
  • Alton Brown
  • Harold Brown
  • Phillip Bruns
  • Betty Bucci
  • John Bucher
  • James Buck
  • Joseph Budd
  • Howard Bujtor
  • William Burdette
  • Charles Bures
  • William Burnette
  • Curtis Burton
  • Steven Busuttil
  • Dr. Robert Byrd
  • Neil Cahoon
  • Zack Caldwell
  • Harry Calvino
  • Brian Cameron
  • Lucien Capone
  • Anne Carlino
  • Robert Carmean
  • Charles Carr
  • John Carr
  • Adam Carroll
  • Donna Carter
  • Joseph Carter Jr.
  • Allyn Caruso
  • James Cash
  • Louise Cather
  • Gary Cebrian
  • Charles Chase
  • Raymond Chester
  • Peter Chmelir
  • Dana Christian
  • Michael Christmann
  • Alan Clark
  • Julie Clark
  • Scott Coatsworth
  • Timothy Cobb
  • T. C. Colket Jr.
  • John Colman
  • Dr. Lawrence Colvin
  • Thomas Conheeney Jr.
  • Carl Conti
  • Dr. Kelvin Contreary
  • Lawrence Copp
  • Thomas Cordingley
  • Mario Corti
  • Dave Coulier
  • William Cowart
  • L Thomas Cox
  • Paul Cox
  • Kenneth Craib
  • James Crawford
  • Richard Crouse Jr.
  • John Crow
  • Scheline Crutchfield
  • Kyn Dellinger
  • John Cummings
  • Donald Dahlen
  • Stewart Dall Jr.
  • Murray Danforth
  • Gary Daniel
  • Mustafa Dar
  • Dwight Davis
  • Eric Davis
  • Joseph Davis
  • Lou Ann Davis
  • Edward De Castro
  • James Deer
  • Michael Deger
  • Laura Del Favero
  • Emidio Delconte
  • Timothy Derbique
  • Georgia Denio
  • Kenneth Denio
  • David Denton
  • William Denton
  • Sandi Terkelsen
  • Jeff Derossette
  • Doc D'Errico
  • Peter Desoto
  • Fred Dettwiller
  • Donald Deubler Sr.
  • Scott Dickson
  • Paul Diette
  • Cynthia Dillion
  • Patrick Dolan
  • Richard Doleshek
  • Matt Domenici
  • James Donley
  • Leonard Doton
  • Andrew Dougherty
  • William Dubois
  • Tony Dubose
  • Marc Dulude
  • Michael Dunleavy
  • Dr. Calvin Early
  • Dean Edmonds Jr.
  • Carl Edwards
  • Robert Edwards
  • Nadav Eiron
  • Donald Elliott
  • John Engelbrecht
  • Dr. Jeffrey Epstein
  • John Everson
  • Arthur Fairley
  • Amanda Farnsworth
  • Robert Farris
  • Ray Fiechter
  • David Fields
  • C. Filer
  • Dennis Firestone
  • Dana Fisher Jr.
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Brendan Fitzpatrick
  • Ronald Fletcher
  • George Fonseca
  • Harrison Ford
  • Daniel Fordice III
  • Donald Forslund
  • Drake Fox
  • James Fox
  • Howard Frank Jr.
  • William Frantz
  • John Frazer Jr.
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Walter Fricke
  • F. Fuhrman
  • June Fulton-Margiewicz
  • John Gabriele
  • Gerald Gaige
  • John Gaither Jr.
  • Charles Gallaway
  • Christopher Galloway
  • Chris Galusha
  • Van Gates
  • Robert Geyer
  • James Gibertoni
  • Stuart Gibson
  • Robert Gillette
  • Robert Gingell Jr.
  • Frank Godchaux III
  • Stephen Goebel
  • Kirby Gonyer
  • Robert Gordon
  • James Gorman
  • Michael Goulian
  • Mike Gourley
  • George Gratton
  • William Gray
  • Frederick Greene
  • Terry Griffin
  • Roger Griggs
  • Jason Griswold
  • Dustin Gross
  • Gary Gross
  • Garrett Gruener
  • Riccardo Guglielmetti
  • Eduard Guimaraes
  • Kenneth Guthrie
  • Michael Gwinn
  • Thomas Haas
  • James Hagedorn
  • P. Haggerty Jr.
  • Thomas Haines
  • Rod Halcomb
  • Arthur Hale
  • George Hall
  • Robert Hamilton
  • Cdr. Vernon Hanna
  • Richard Hansen Jr.
  • Rodney Harbin
  • James Harker
  • Meghan Harker
  • John Harman Jr.
  • Phillip Harper
  • Scott Harries
  • James Harrill
  • Pat Hartness
  • Sean Hartness
  • James Hartung
  • James Hassenstab
  • Granger Haugh
  • David Haushalter
  • James Hauslein
  • D. Hawkins
  • Derek Hawkins
  • Luke Hayden
  • Scott Heck
  • James Heekin Jr.
  • James Hefelfinger
  • Erik Heggland
  • Dr. Michael Heid
  • Klaus Heidegger
  • Paul Heintz
  • Russell Hensley
  • Peter  Herington
  • Tina Herington
  • David Herrell II
  • Greg Herrick
  • Mike Herzog
  • John Hiatt
  • Richard Higgins
  • Neel Hipp
  • Scott Hipp
  • John Hodgkins III
  • Elaine Hodgson
  • Karl Hoffman
  • Robert Horner
  • Joseph Horton
  • Kenneth Horwitz
  • Nathan Houser
  • Robert Howe
  • Terrence Howe
  • Richard Howell
  • Glenn Hudson
  • James Hunt
  • Marion Hunt
  • Calvin Hunziker
  • Samuel Ice
  • Richard B. and Ilene Jacobs
  • David James
  • Thomas Jarecki
  • A. D. Johnson Jr.
  • Franklin Johnson Jr.
  • Howard Johnson
  • Dean Jones
  • Timothy Jones
  • 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 Keating
  • Kevin Keefer
  • Aaron Kehoe
  • Gary Kelson
  • Denise Kenna
  • Stephanie Kenyon
  • Walter Kenyon
  • David Kerley
  • Todd Kimmes
  • Scott King
  • Stephen Kinnaird
  • Robert Klein
  • David Kleine
  • Florence Kleine
  • Frank Klimas
  • Stephen Kline
  • Jim Knowles
  • John Kolosky
  • Charles Krasne
  • Morrie Krasner
  • Jeffrey Kratz
  • Peter Kriegler
  • John Krystyniak
  • Arthur Kudner III
  • Chris Kuebler
  • John Kuetemeyer
  • Chris Kuhlman
  • Steven Kuhlman
  • John LaBonte
  • Lawrence Labriola
  • James Lally
  • Bruce Landsberg
  • Donald Lange
  • Patrick Larreategui
  • Robert Larson
  • Gabriel Lau
  • James Lawrence Sr.
  • Angela Leedy
  • John Lehman
  • Mark Leise
  • Richard Lemon
  • Michael Lepore
  • Woody Lesikar
  • Joseph Leverone Jr.
  • Lincoln Lewis Jr.
  • Garrison Lickle
  • Robert Lightstone
  • Paul Lilly
  • Richard Lindstrom
  • Joshua Lisle
  • Julie Livers
  • Robert Livers
  • Dr. Herbert Louis
  • Katherine Macario
  • Walter MacKinlay
  • William Crutchfield Jr.
  • Jason Madewell
  • Michael Madigan
  • John Mahany
  • Roger Maki
  • Shanon Maki
  • Shawn Malone
  • Bob Mames
  • Roland Manarin
  • Neil Mancuso
  • Roland Mansfield
  • John Mantione
  • Louis Manzi
  • Carl Marbach
  • Vincent Margiewicz
  • Dr. David Marks
  • Adrienne Mars
  • James Martin
  • Micah Martin
  • Peter Mathisen
  • George Matthews
  • Sara Maurer
  • Gerald May
  • John Mayes
  • Noel Mc Donald
  • James Mc Grath
  • Kelly McBride
  • Timothy McBride
  • Gary McCoy
  • James McCoy
  • Ellsworth McKee Sr.
  • Steve McKibbon
  • Rory Mcminn
  • Jon McMurtrie
  • Irving McNair Jr.
  • Kenneth Mead
  • Robert Meadows
  • David Meehan Jr.
  • Michael Megler
  • Chris Meloni
  • John Mergen
  • Curtis Mewbourne
  • Jerold Meyer
  • David Miller
  • Marc Miller
  • Robert Miller
  • James Minow
  • Robert Mittelstaedt
  • Steven Molder
  • Michael Molloy
  • Michael Montgomery
  • Tom Moore
  • Dr. John Moorehouse
  • James Morgan
  • David Morphy
  • Joseph Morris
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Richard Morrison
  • Danny Morrow
  • James Moyer
  • Matthew Mozur
  • Robert Muggia
  • John Mullins
  • James Mulva
  • Dickron Murray
  • Nicholas Musashe
  • Doug Muse
  • Jonathan Nawab
  • Patrick Newton
  • James Noble Jr.
  • Edmund Noel
  • Thomas Ocheltree Jr.
  • Douglas Olson
  • James Olson
  • Dr. Steven Olson
  • David Oreck
  • Christine Ossowski
  • Gerald Ossowski
  • Michael Overholzer
  • Jonathan Palmer
  • Vincent Panvini Jr.
  • Stephen Pargeter
  • Preston Parish
  • Susan Parson
  • Lee Partyka
  • Mark Patterson
  • Stephen Pearl
  • Antonio Pelletier
  • Harlan Pelz
  • Jeff Perich
  • George Perry
  • Jay Petkov
  • R. Pew
  • Michael Pfleger
  • Fred Phillips
  • Wayne Phillips
  • Duane Pickel
  • Stephen Polk
  • Robert Pollmann
  • Gene and Donna Pope
  • David Porter
  • George Powell
  • Thomas Powers
  • James Pratt
  • Dr. Fred Prentice
  • Katie Pribyl
  • Mary Price
  • David Pride
  • K. Proctor
  • Len Quiat
  • Craig Raabe
  • Daniel Ramos
  • Michael Raney
  • Peter Ranney
  • Beth Raphael
  • Dr. Larry Rapp
  • Bruce Ray
  • Dr. Morris Ray
  • Matthew Reedy
  • Mark Reineck
  • Paul Resch
  • Klaus Rexroth
  • Robert Reyling
  • R. Reynolds
  • Jay Riendl
  • David Riley
  • Bruce Roberts
  • Donald Robinson
  • Gordon Rock
  • David Rogers
  • John Rogers
  • Dr. Michael Rogers
  • Richard Rogers
  • Terrence Rogers
  • Timothy Rogers
  • William Rogers
  • Ron Rose
  • Warren Rose
  • Dr. Joel Rosenlicht
  • Herbert Rosenthal
  • Albert Rosenthaler
  • Marc Rossi
  • Steven Rowe
  • Shannon Rubicam
  • William Runze IV
  • Geoff Rusack
  • Mark Ruston
  • Joe Ryan
  • Scott Ryan
  • Robert Ryker
  • Timothy Saltonstall
  • Adam Sayers
  • Jamie Sayers
  • Donald Scattergood
  • Ashley Schappert
  • Jason Schappert
  • John Schevers
  • Charles Schnatter
  • Michael Schrage
  • Clint Schuler
  • Jack Schulte
  • Charles Schultz
  • Lawrence Schumacher
  • Hans Schwarz
  • Ben Sclair
  • John Seeler
  • Louis Seno Jr.
  • Victor Serodino
  • Jose Serra
  • Robert Shackelford Jr.
  • Kenneth Shores
  • Ronald Short
  • Mary Shortridge
  • Robert Showalter
  • Sandy 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
  • Robert Smith
  • Alfred Spain
  • Gregory Spatz
  • Jochen Spengler
  • Billie Sposeto
  • Lawrence Stalla
  • Dr. M. Stanton-Hicks
  • Mark Stapleton
  • William Stefan Jr.
  • Conrad Stegner
  • Roland Stewart III
  • Bill Stiles
  • Henry Stoebenau
  • Charles Stoker
  • Shepard Stone
  • Bradley Storch
  • Dr. Jeffrey Storey
  • Ryan Stovall
  • Cecelia Stratford
  • Jim Stroh
  • Eric Stroud
  • William Stuehr
  • James Styring
  • Michael Swain
  • Richard Tasker
  • Tom Teetor
  • Robert Tefft
  • Elizabeth Tennyson
  • Scheline Crutchfield
  • Terry Theken
  • Jeff Theodosakis
  • Joseph Thibodeau
  • Arthur Thompson
  • Steven Thompson
  • Bart Thomsen
  • Brian Thomson
  • Jack Threadgill
  • Col. William Tillman Sr.
  • Jeanne Timmons
  • Eleanor Todd
  • R. Tonkinson
  • William Totty
  • Charles Towles
  • Patrick Tracy
  • Thomas Tracy
  • A. Travnicek
  • J Treland
  • William Trimble
  • John Trusheim
  • Ivan Truyaert Jr.
  • Dr. Brian  Turrisi
  • John Tye
  • Kenneth Uhlmann
  • Dr. James Van Hook
  • C. Vandiver
  • Brian Vatthauer
  • Paul Vesely
  • Frederic Vicik
  • Greg Viola
  • Dr. Victor Vogel
  • Jami Heidegger
  • Chris VonGoetz
  • Brian Wahlbrink
  • Eric Walden
  • Gregory Walker
  • Jamie Wallace
  • Matthew Wallace
  • Charles Wallasch
  • Debra Warren
  • Robert Warren
  • Louis Waters Jr.
  • David Weaver
  • Patricia Weaver
  • David Wehrly
  • Claus Weisemann
  • John Weiser
  • Paul Weismann
  • James Welch Jr.
  • Peter S. Welles and The Beaufort Foundation, Inc.         
  • Roger Werner
  • Edward Wesp
  • Thomas Wheeler
  • Richard Whitney
  • Edward Wiese
  • Stephen Wilcoxson
  • Alexander Williams
  • David Williams
  • Gregg Williams
  • Timothy Williams
  • Darrell Wilson
  • James Winner
  • Todd Winter
  • John Wisdom
  • John Witschey
  • Marvin Woidyla
  • Adrian Wood
  • Alvin Wood
  • Dorothy Wood
  • Michael Woodley
  • Stuart Woods
  • Jim Wooldridge
  • Glenn Woolsey
  • Ange Workman
  • Dr. Bruce Worster
  • Anne Wright
  • Mark Young
  • Dmitry Zaslavsky
  • Paul Zavracky
  • Peter Zeliff
  • Stephen Zimmer
  • J. Zimmerman
  • Guillermo Zuloga

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