Lighthawk Seeks More Volunteer Pilots


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Lighthawk, a nonprofit group based in Wyoming that works to use volunteer airplanes and pilots to promote environmental conservation around the world, recently was awarded a grant from AOPA to help expand outreach efforts. The group was one of 10 recipients of $10,000 grants in AOPA’s first “Giving Back” awards, which were announced at AOPA Summit. “This program is our way of supporting those groups that are making a difference through charitable programs that rely on general aviation,” said Stephanie Kenyon, vice president of strategic philanthropy for the AOPA Foundation.

The grant will help Lighthawk recruit more volunteer pilots at events around the country. The group is especially looking for more pilots with larger aircraft, such as PC-12 turboprops, that have the range, speed, and capacity to help transport larger animals between zoos for captive breeding programs. Traveling by private aircraft is the best way to minimize the stress on the animals, chief program officer Ryan Boggs told AVweb recently, at the Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.