American Aero continues support of Navy SEAL Foundation for eigth consecutive year
Fort Worth, Texas based FBO committed to helping SEALs become pilots
Nearly 200 Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators transition off active duty every year, including a growing number of retirees who entered service after the attacks of 9/11.
A scholarship fund established by American Aero FTW - an FBO at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas - continues to provide new opportunities for these warriors as they move from active-duty military service to life in the civilian sector.
As a long-time Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) supporter, American Aero recently surpassed the $133,000 mark for donations made in support of NSF’s robust scholarship program for the NSW community. This year’s gift of $17,497 will be used to help US Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCCs) who are seeking pilot certification.
Through its support of the Foundation, American Aero FTW has facilitated the flight training or licensure of NSW personnel, including veteran and active-duty SEALs. The scholarship has made a tremendous impact in the lives of these warriors, covering related expenses for Commercial Pilot Aviation Instrumental Rating, Rotorcraft-Helicopter Private Pilot, and FAA Rotary Wing Pilot Add-on certifications along with other needed training and flight simulation costs. In 2020, NSF provided $1.8 million in scholarship funds to qualified applicants, including four SEALs who received scholarships generated by American Aero FTW and its clients who helped fund the donation.
“Since American Aero FTW’s founding in 2012, they have remained committed in their support of our nation’s military members, including our SEALs, by not only hiring veterans but by making significant contributions to organizations like NSF in support of meaningful programs,” said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation. “For many of our SEALs, the operational tempo of back-to-back combat deployments paired with extensive training has meant they could not invest the time to pursue a degree, licensure, or certification. Because of the support of American Aero FTW, SEALs seeking assistance for flight training or pilot’s licensure can rest easy knowing NSF is here to help.”
American Aero FTW FBO at Meacham International Airport.
When asked what the scholarship has meant one scholarship recipient shared, "I would like to thank the Navy SEAL Foundation and its donors for being so gracious to me and to many others like me who are trying to achieve so much outside of work. I have been awarded three flight scholarships and have been able to knock out my instrument rating and commercial license. I wouldn't have been able to streamline the process and knock these out so quickly without the NSF and its donors’ help. Again, thank you all for helping me pursue my dream of continuing flying."
The Navy SEAL Foundation is committed to providing transitioning warriors with the tools they need to have a successful move into the civilian sector. Many SEALs who entered service after the attacks of 9/11 have endured two decades of intense training and combat with little time to pursue professional development or educational opportunities . . . just one more reason the support from American Aero FTW is so essential.
“It is a privilege to create new opportunities for those who so honorably and courageously serve our country, particularly those who enlisted after the events of 9/11 and have put their lives on the line for nearly two decades,” said Robert M. Bass, founder of American Aero. “With this scholarship fund, the American Aero team expresses its gratitude to those heroes as they consider what they would like to do next and welcomes them to join us in our love of private aviation.”
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 18th February 2021 | Issue #593