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.
After about a year of working and attending Georgia State University, Jim "Frog" Jones decided to join the United States Air Force. Jim knew he wanted to serve in the military, as it was a family tradition. With three uncles in the USAF which influenced his decision for the USAF rather than the USMC. He served in the Minuteman Missile Program at Vandenberg AFB, CA and attended Alan Hancock College.
“If you think you can, or think you can’t … you’re right,” advises Jim Jones, VP of the Tucker-based Dixie Industrial Finishing Co., as he does his part to inspire and encourage the group of Kindergarteners sitting in a semi-circle around him. Also a pilot, Jones has been a familiar face at the Madison Muni Airport for the past 24 years. An active volunteer, Jones has a passion for aviation and enjoys introducing youngsters to the sport. Jones houses his Swift and Cessna airplanes at the Madison Airport and, while the Cessna is a “company plane,” the Swift is the plane that holds his heartstrings.
On one of his first flight lessons with an instructor, Jones spied a plane on the runway that reminded him of the ones he drew as a child. “What is that?” he inquired. “That,” the instructor answered, “Is probably the most beautiful airplane that has ever been built. That is a Swift.” Shortly after that conversation, the opportunity to purchase a Swift airplane presented itself, and Jones earned his wings from its cockpit. That same aircraft is the one he proudly stands in front of at this show, and which still holds his interest and fascination. Jim has been a proud member of AOPA for over 30 years!
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