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Lightspeed Benefits

Since the launch of the Ray Aviation Scholarship in 2019, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has donated Zulu 3 headsets to EAA Ray Aviation scholars to help support their flight training and produce the next generation of pilots. Lightspeed is also offering EAA chapters with Ray Scholarships the opportunity to raise funds through the sales of Lightspeed headsets.


Scholar Headset Program

Ray Aviation Scholars have the opportunity to receive a FREE Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset to use during flight training and beyond!

To become eligible for a headset, a Ray Aviation scholar must complete one of the following requirements:

  • The scholar completes their first solo flight.
  • If the scholar soloed pre-scholarship, then they become eligible upon passing their Airman Knowledge Test (the written exam).
  • If the scholar soloed and passed the written exam pre-scholarship, then they become eligible upon being approved as a Ray scholar by EAA.

In addition, each eligible scholar is required to write a short essay, at least 250 words long, about how the Ray Aviation Scholarship has impacted them so far and how it is helping them achieve their aviation goals. Scholars are welcome to be creative with their essays. The completed essays must be emailed to rayscholars@eaa.org.

Once the essay is received, EAA will notify Lightspeed that the scholar is ready to receive a Zulu 3 headset. Lightspeed will mail the headset to the EAA chapter’s Scholarship Coordinator, who will then present it to the scholar. The coordinator will be informed when the headset is on the way.

If all of the free headsets allocated for EAA Ray scholars are claimed, then chapters have the option to purchase a discounted Zulu 3 headset for their Ray scholar. To purchase a discounted headset, visit go.lightspeedaviation.com/eaa-ray-scholar-program.


Chapter Benefits Program

Lightspeed is offering EAA chapters in the Ray Scholarship program the opportunity to earn money from the sales of Lightspeed headsets. Participating chapters will receive a custom web link and QR code that can be featured in your chapter’s newsletter, website, or social media. This link will bring users to Lightspeed’s online store. A chapter will earn 10% of the sales from each Lightspeed headset purchased through its custom weblink and QR code.

Funds raised through headset sales can be used for any chapter purposes, including scholarships, Young Eagles rallies, hangar, or facility upgrades, and more.

Lightspeed will work directly with each EAA chapter that participates in this program. Lightspeed will handle all shipping and delivery of headsets purchased through the custom links. Each month, participating chapters will receive a payout from headset sales tracked by their custom link. These funds can be used to pay for any of your chapter’s activities.

“The success of our Ray Aviation scholars has been assisted greatly through the active participation of Lightspeed, and this new initiative increases its positive participation with EAA chapters,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board. “Lightspeed understands the importance of EAA chapters in growing and maintaining grassroots aviation in hundreds of locations throughout the country, and we very much appreciate this new opportunity for our chapter network.”

“EAA has long shown its commitment to growing aviation through participation by young people in such programs as Young Eagles and the Ray Aviation Scholarship initiative,” said Allan Schrader, founder and president of Lightspeed Aviation. “Through this new EAA Chapter Benefits Program Initiative, Lightspeed hopes to empower these great EAA chapters to continue to expand their reach and chapter vitality while still promoting a vibrant pilot community.”

EAA Chapter Benefits Program

If you have any questions for Lightspeed about this program, please contact affiliate@lightspeedaviation.com.


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