Texas FBO Helps Give SEALs Wings

Texas FBO American Aero FTW has continued its annual tradition of charitable donations to the Navy SEAL Foundation, presenting a check for $25,653 to the organization, which supports all active-duty Naval Special Warfare personnel, including the elite SEALs, and their families stationed around the world. In the six years the company has supported the charity through its Red, White, and Blue program—which matches donations made by its customers and vendors—it has contributed more than $100,000.

Those donations have allowed the foundation to launch a scholarship program that enables active–duty and retired personnel to pursue pilot certification. This year, the scholarships were used to achieve FAA rotary-wing pilot commercial add-on, rotorcraft-helicopter private pilot, and commercial pilot aviation instrument ratings, helping to fill a gap in funding from the GI Bill.

“We are honored to support those who envision their careers in aviation and have served this country at the highest level,” said American Aero founder Robert Bass.

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Foundation CEO Robin King noted that interest in pilot training among her constituents continues to grow in relation to a hot aviation job market. “This scholarship in particular helps prepare former Navy SEALs to move into new careers as civilian pilots,” she said. “American Aero FTW and its customers are making a significant contribution, and we are grateful.”