Palm Springs, CA – October 16, 2015 — The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has announced the five aviation charities as chosen through online voting to receive grants of $2,000—$10,000. The live announcement was made today at the FLYING Aviation Expo sponsored by Scheyden, in Palm Springs, California.

The top 5 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilots Choice Award recipients in descending number of votes received for 2015 are:

#1 - Pilots N Paws – Awarded a cash grant of $10,000 and Number 1 vote recipient

Pilots N Paws brings pilots and plane owners together to share the gift of flight to assist with the transportation of rescue, shelter or foster animals. The Pilots Choice grant will be used to host flyway events and fund booth space at various pilot functions to increase awareness of Pilots N Paws.

#2 - The Ninety-Nines – Awarded a cash grant of $8000

The Ninety-Nines advances women in aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support; while sharing an international passion for flight. The Pilots Choice grant will be used to continue to expand our outreach activities at aviation events and market an award of the 4th Annual Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship in 2016.

#3 – Civil Air Patrol – Awarded a cash grant of $6000

Civil Air Patrol is volunteer citizens serving communities through emergency services, aerospace education and an on-going cadet program. The Pilots Choice grant will help enable an extra 3,000 youth the opportunity to participate in the national program.

#4 - New Tribes Mission Aviation – Awarded a cash grant of $4000

New Tribes Mission is pilots and technicians providing direct, efficient and safe missionary aviation support in remote areas around the world. The Pilots Choice grant will be applied toward the purchase of a Robinson R-66 turbine helicopter that would dramatically improve NTM Aviation’s ability to respond to natural disaster and provide essential emergency medical services in remote areas.

#5 – JAARS – Awarded a cash grant of $2000

JAARS provides aviation support, transportation and information services to speed the task of Bible translation around the world including new programs added in 2014 in Australia and Tanzania. The Pilots Choice grant will be used toward aviation pre-field flight training for new pilots.

Seven honorees each received an award commemorating their recognition as a Lightspeed Aviation Foundation finalist and will receive a Lightspeed headset. They are in alphabetical order:

  • Angel Flight West
  • Experience Aviation
  • Miracle Flights for Kids
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • Missionary Flights International
  • Patient AirLift Services
  • Pilots Jet Team Foundation

“Awarding these aviation charities provides the opportunity to advance their individual cause and together expand awareness and appreciation for aviation," says Allan Schrader, President of Lightspeed Aviation. “Since its inception, the Pilots Choice voting and awards have introduced us all to dozens of worthy charities and amazing people that are making a significant impact around the world."

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was established in 2010 out of the commitment and passion of the Lightspeed Aviation Corporation to serve the aviation community. Since introducing its first product at EAA AirVenture in 1996, Lightspeed Aviation has established a reputation for leading product innovation in aviation headsets with a number of "first to market" advances in comfort, quiet, clarity, and pilot-centric functionality. This has earned Lightspeed a loyal customer following among professional, commercial, and private pilots.


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