February 3, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The Lindbergh Foundation is leading the Aviation Green Alliance, a new program that brings stakeholders together to address aviation’s environmental challenges. John and Martha King of King Schools in San Diego will direct it.
“The Aviation Green Alliance has been formed to support aviation-related companies and individuals committed to proactively addressing matters regarding aviation and the environment,” said Lindbergh Foundation Chairman Larry Williams. The Aviation Green Alliance will create multiple platforms for members to share strategies, findings, progress, and ideas related to addressing aviation’s environmental challenges. “It’s important for the world to know that manufacturers, operators, service companies, and individuals in aviation are quite actively involved in making measurable, scalable, and valuable environmental progress,” Williams said.
In a statement, foundation directors John and Martha King said, “There’s no question as to the value that aviation brings to our quality of life. In recent years, we have been very pleased to see so many aviation companies working diligently albeit quietly to address aviation’s impact on the environment. In creating the Aviation Green Alliance, the Lindbergh Foundation offers this coalition of concerned companies and individuals a central and public place for exchanging information and discoveries that benefit all aviation-environmental work.”
The alliance will offer aviation-related environmental news, grant funding for discovery and development of new technologies, recommended practices for aviation conservation and sustainability initiatives, educational programs, and recognition of members’ successes.
Reeve Lindbergh, honorary chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation, stated that the Aviation Green Alliance is a step in the right direction for the foundation that was formed and named in her parents’ honor.
“My mother wrote that ‘power over life must be balanced by reverence for life.’ My father once said that if he had to choose, he would rather have birds than airplanes. I think that both my father and my mother would be pleased with this innovative technology and all that it promises for birds and airplanes alike—and for all of us.”
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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