The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation will announce Nov. 1, the 2014 Pilots Choice Award winning aviation charities as chosen through online voting by the aviation community. Since March, 15 finalists have been reaching out to pilots to garner their votes as the best organizations for 2014. They hope to share in $50,000 of grants with a top award of $10,000.
By TRACY T. THURMAN
An ag pilot’s day starts early, just as the sun lifts itself above the horizon. It’s cool in the morning. The air is clean and crisp. Standing on a dew sparkled grass runway watching the landscape emerge into the light of a new day is part of an ag pilot’s daily commute.
The morning calm however, is soon broken by a demanding shout. “Clear!” The ‘tick tick tick tick… whirrrr…’ of a turboprop engine coming to life shatters the serenity and the work day has begun.
All across the country, on air strips in rural valleys and farmlands, the same procedure is repeated. There are millions of acres that need to be planted, treated, and protected. Before most people have had their first cup of coffee, the men and women of agricultural aviation are in motion doing just that.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is confirmed as the keynote speaker on Nov. 5 at the National Air Transportation Association’s 2014 Aviation Business Roundtable.