Lightspeed reveals finalists for Pilot’s Choice Awards

From the grandstands at SUN ‘n FUN, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the names of 15 charities, selected from hundreds of nominees, that will benefit from grants to be awarded through the Pilot’s Choice Awards Program.

The selected charities are: Academy of Model Aeronautics, Agape Flights, Angel Flight West, the Civil Air Patrol, the Flying Doctors, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Missionary Flights International, New Tribes Mission, The Ninety-Nines, Patient AirLift Services, Pilots N Paws, SUN ‘n FUN, Think Global Flight,Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, and Whirly Girls International.

You can vote for your favorite (or favorites) online at

Finalists will receive awards, depending on their final vote ranking, up to $10,000. Vote ranking will be published regularly on the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Facebook page with the final award announcement in November.

The foundation is launching its fifth year of partnering with the pilot community to support worthy aviation causes.

“The Pilot’s Choice Awards promotes engagement and awareness for our finalists to pilots and their constituents affected by general aviation,” says Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation president. “By encouraging outreach by our finalists, we have witnessed hundreds of thousands of lives touched through aviation. We’re excited about the impact each of these organizations are having in their areas of service.”

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