AOPA Foundations Hat in the Ring Society to honor GA

Morgan Freeman

To honor achievements in enhancing aviation safety, preserving airports, growing the pilot population, and improving the image of general aviation, the AOPA Foundation is expanding its Hat in the Ring Society to bestow four awards on those in the industry who have made significant strides in each of the categories.

“Through this newly revitalized program, the AOPA Foundation is hoping to build a nationwide network to showcase the contributions of general aviation’s leaders, pioneers, and practitioners,” said AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg. The AOPA Foundation will select the winners and confer the awards on Oct. 11 during the Night for Flight gala at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

“Just as important,” Landsberg continued, “the Hat in the Ring Society will be building a network of advocates with the means and enthusiasm to expand the foundation’s mission.”

The Hat in the Ring Society, chaired by actor and GA advocate Morgan Freeman and co-chaired by author Stuart Woods, air race pilot Mike Goulian, actor Dave Coulier, and celebrity chef Alton Brown, is open to anyone donating $1,000 per year to the AOPA Foundation. All proceeds support the foundation’s mission to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit.

In addition to supporting the future of GA, Hat in the Ring Society members also receive invitations to AOPA Aviation Roundtables and other donor events to meet with AOPA leadership and discuss issues facing the GA industry.

For more information about the awards or the Hat in the Ring Society, contact the AOPA Foundation.