Top 10 finalists in Pilot’s Choice Awards revealed

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has revealed the top 10 charity finalists that may receive grants to be awarded this year.

The foundation is launching its third year of partnering with the pilot community to identify worthy causes and to give pilots a voice in who they support to make a lasting difference. Lightspeed Aviation and the foundation have donated more than $250,000 in the past two years, impacting tens of thousands of lives around the world.

The announcement was made at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, California. Charities currently positioned as the top 10 finalists are: Air Charity Network, Bahamas Habitat, Civil Air Patrol, EAA Chapter 44, Hope Air, JAARS, Mission Aviation Fellowship, The Ninety-Nines, Recreational Aviation Foundation and Wings of Hope.

All aviation enthusiasts are invited to vote in the Pilot’s Choice Awards online through Nov. 2, 2012, at

The top five charities, as chosen by the aviation community, will each receive a check for $10,000. The top five award recipients will be announced via web on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

Lightspeed Aviation customers will also have a special opportunity to participate when they register their Lightspeed headsets and vote in the Customer Choice Awards. The top 20 customer choice vote recipients will each receive cash awards of no less than $1,000, and the top five will receive checks of $5,000 each. Voting for Customer Choice awards will continue through March of next year. Meanwhile, nominations for the 2013 Pilot Choice Awards opened on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

“As we enter the final weeks of voting, a number of finalists have distinguished themselves with significant efforts to stir interest and engagement around their worthy causes,” said Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation Founder and President. “We’re more excited than ever about the impact we can make together to grow the aviation community. Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, for-profit and non-profit organizations are joining in the efforts to grow aviation and make a positive impact on our world.”

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