Ten Aviation Nonprofits Win Funding

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Ten grants to aviation charities, totaling $60,000, have been awarded by the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. The recipients were chosen through an open online voting process at the Foundation's website. "With twice as many votes as last year, the awards are having a meaningful impact on expanding awareness and appreciation for aviation," said Allan Schrader, president of Lightspeed. Any registered nonprofit group that is committed to growing the pilot community and using their grant to provide service to others is eligible to apply for the program, the Foundation said. Anyone can nominate a group at the Foundation website. The nominated groups are announced in the spring at Sun 'n Fun, and then the online voting begins.

"Since its inception [in 2010], the Pilot's 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," Schrader said. This year's grant recipients are: Pilots & Paws, New Tribes Mission, Civil Air Patrol, the Ninety-Nines, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Angel Flight West, Missionary Flights International, JAARS, and Air Race Classic.