LIGHTSPEED AVIATION FOUNDATION, EAA’s RAY AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TEAM TO BENEFIT YOUNG PILOTS
Zulu 3 headsets presented to scholarship recipients during flight training
LAKELAND, Florida — (April 3, 2019) — The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is recognizing the accomplishments of young aviators who are EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship recipients, by awarding a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset to each recipient on the path to successfully completing flight training.
The headset donations, announced at the SUN ’n FUN Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, recognizes the importance of the Ray Aviation Scholarships of up to $10,000 from the Experimental Aircraft Association. Those scholarships allow young people to take flight training in their local regions. The Ray Foundation has provided $1 million to EAA to fund these scholarships for up to 100 young people, as the program seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current 20 percent level to 80 percent for those participating in the scholarship program.
“EAA has successfully shown its commitment to growing aviation through participation by young people in such programs as Young Eagles and now the Ray Aviation Scholarship initiative,” said Allan Schrader, founder and president of Lightspeed Aviation. “The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, through its 2019 Growth Initiative, wants to empower great programs, such as this one from EAA, to make them even more effective in expanding and promoting a vibrant pilot community.”
EAA announced the first two Ray Aviation Scholarships recipients in February. The program is managed by EAA and administered through its chapter network, which identifies candidates and mentors them through flight training. More than 200 EAA chapters from all regions of the country have applied to participate in the scholarship program and mentor aspiring pilots.
“The leadership of the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation in supporting and encouraging efforts to grow the aviation community is an excellent example of understanding the importance of focusing on new pilot growth,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman. “Through programs such as Ray Aviation Scholarships, our goal is twofold: To inspire and welcome more young people who want to pursue their personal dreams of flight, and to boost the success rate of those who begin flight training through consistent mentorship and recognition. An enormous thanks go to Lightspeed for its support.”
A Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset will be awarded to each scholar upon completion of their solo flight and ground school requirements, as a step toward ultimately completing flight training. Using social media tools and benchmarks to maximize reach, their stories will exemplify the possibilities available to young people in aviation and the resources available to them in their local regions.
“Watching young people achieve their dreams of flight is our objective,” Schrader said. “As tools for enhanced flight training, we’re thrilled our headsets will help these scholars earn their wings and facilitate clear growth for aviation.”
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was established in 2010 out of the commitment and passion of the Lightspeed Aviation Corporation to serve the aviation community. Lightspeed Aviation introduced its first product at the 1996 EAA Fly-In Convention and has established a reputation for leading product innovation in aviation headsets with a number of “first to market” advances in comfort, quiet, clarity, and pilot-centric functionality. This has earned Lightspeed a loyal customer following among professional, commercial, and private pilots.
The Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 220,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect withwww.twitter.com/EAA.
Lakeland, FL – Tuesday April 10, 2018 – Today, at 10:00am, from the Nikon Media Center at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and Expo, Lightspeed Aviation is pleased to announce several programs and partnerships to help support growing the pilot community. The first program is targeting past Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recipients to incentivize scholarship participation. Those qualifying organizations that offer a minimum of $5,000 and above scholarships will receive Lightspeed Zulu 3 headsets to serve pilots during training and their launch in to the aviation world.
Early 2018 participants will include the 99’s, Whirly Girls foundation, and Liftoff Learning. Additional prior Lightspeed Aviation Foundation participants will be added throughout 2018. To get qualifying information and to request an application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The goal is to expand this program in 2019 to organizations beyond just the 50 prior Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recipients.
Lightspeed Aviation continues it’s heartfelt commitment to collaborative, working relationships globally that can impact the growth of pilots and general aviation. For 2018-2019, Lightspeed is partnering with AOPA to further accelerate the strong growth initiatives they have in place under the “You Can Fly” program. Fueling the work being done with Rusty Pilots, Flying Clubs, and the Flight Training Experience, Zulu 3 headsets will be donated for use as elements for these ongoing initiatives that cover all ages of the piloting journey. In total, over $50,000 worth of headsets will be used to attract, inspire, and reward continued pilot growth.
Another partnership for growth is being developed with the Recreational Aviation Australia. New pilot scholarship support, along with other programs, are being pursued to reignite GA pilot growth Down Under. According to Allan Schrader, President/Founder of Lightspeed Aviation and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, “As opportunities emerge, we’d love to do our part in accelerating the growth of interest, action, and ultimately pilots enjoying the benefits of aviation worldwide.” For organizations involved at the national level in broad-based growth initiatives, please reach out to Allan by calling Lightspeed Aviation at 800-332-2421.
SPONSORSHIP UPDATE: We’re happy to announce that the winner of the 2018 Scholarship Showdown presented by Liftoff Learning and @ihartflying will receive a FREE @lightspeedaviation Zulu 3 headset courtesy of the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. Please continue to submit applications here https://goo.gl/forms/rfFQdIF1meO9sKOB3 and share this opportunity with aspiring aviators by liking and posting this contest! #aviation #flight #pilot #lightspeed #zulu3 #licensetolearn #closingthegap #liftoff🚀