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Lightspeed Foundation Announce 2012 Pilot's Choice Awards Finalists


March 29, 2012 - The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the 20 nominated charities for its third annual Pilot's Choice Awards at a special presentation held at the Nikon Media Center at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The top five vote-getters will receive $10,000 grant awards for their efforts. The program, with the help of the pilot community, identifies worthy causes to support and make a lasting difference in aviation. Lightspeed said that since 2010, nearly $250,000 has been awarded reaching well more than 100,000 lives with services, training, and inspiration.

EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower and AOPA President/CEO Craig Fuller appeared with Lightspeed officials at Sun 'n Fun when the nominations were announced. Hightower applauded the Lightspeed Foundation's efforts that parallel EAA's mission to grow participation in aviation. Lightspeed supports the expansion of aviation by rewarding worthy organizations that use aviation to both support community and global needs and to inspire tomorrow's aviators.

Aviation enthusiasts will be invited to vote in the Pilot's Choice Awards online at the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation website, while Lightspeed Aviation customers will also have a special opportunity to participate when they register their Lightspeed headsets and vote. The top five customer choice vote recipients will each receive award gifts of $5,000, and every finalist will receive a grant of no less than $1,000.

Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation president, said, "We're more excited than ever about the impact we can make together to grow the aviation community. Organizations like AOPA and EAA have allowed us to join with them in reaching out to bless other organizations that are doing good in the aviation community. It's certainly our sincere hope that pilots, aviation enthusiasts, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations will join in the efforts to grow aviation and make a positive impact on our world."

Charities selected include:

  • Air Charity Network
  • Angel Flight East
  • Angel Flight Soars
  • AOPA Foundation
  • Aviation Career Enrichment
  • Bahamas Habitat
  • Build A Plane
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • EAA Chapter 44
  • EAA Chapter 106
  • Hope Air
  • Liga International-The Flying Doctors of Mercy
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • The Ninety-Nines
  • Planes of Fame Air Museum
  • Recreational Aviation Foundation
  • Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum
  • Wings of Hope
  • Youth Aviation Adventure


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