People who rely on charity flights can’t afford to get there – they really need the men and women who provide their airplanes, their time, their money, and their passion. These pilots are our heroes and they are making the world a better place!
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) April 07, 2014
"Sean's passion and love for aviation affects everyone who sees him fly or hears him talk about flying, and thus is a great choice to be the Emcee of our event,” Endeavor Awards Chair Mark Wolper said.
"I love sharing the magic of flight," Tucker said. "Once a person leaves the ground, it changes their perspective. It's something they never forget. Whether or not they become a pilot, they have seen the world from angels’ eyes. It changes them profoundly.
“Flying is so important to me because this is how I define myself. I challenge myself every single day," said Tucker. "Every time I get into the cockpit, I’m learning something about myself. Pushing the boundaries. And it is absolutely a wonderful journey.”
Tucker is the Honorary Chairman of Young Eagles, which provides young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying free of charge in general aviation airplanes with volunteer pilots donating their time and expenses. Many young people become interested in pursuing science, math and technology as their interest grows in aviation. Tucker has also flown many youth in the past, including many Young Eagles.
As Emcee of the Inaugural Endeavor Awards, Tucker will participate in honoring volunteer pilots from across the country at the upcoming awards ceremony, May 4, to be held at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion in the California Science Center. Tucker said he is grateful for the opportunity to honor all volunteer pilots, men and women who give generously of their time.
“People who rely on charity flights are the ones who can’t afford to get there – they really need us," Tucker said. "The men and women who provide their resources – their airplanes, their time, their money, their passion – to help other people, are making the world a better place. They’re our heroes!”
Tucker is the U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Champion, winner of numerous showmanship awards, inductee into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the International Aviation Air and Space Hall of Fame, and an honorary Thunderbird, Blue Angel, and Golden Knight –to name a few.
About Public Benefit Aviation:
Public benefit flights are in the air every day across the U.S., flown by over 50 volunteer pilot organizations (VPOs). Individual pilots donate their own time, general aviation aircraft and gas money to provide healthcare, compassion, and community service flights. There were an estimated 25,000 “compassion flights” in 2013 pilots, with private pilots donating over $20 million worth of critical transportation for people in great need. (Flight information courtesy of FlightAware http://www.flightaware.com). Volunteer Pilot Organizations such as Angel Flight West provide flights to those needing travel for medical and other humanitarian services. Major commercial airlines in the U.S. also donate trips to people in need, giving an estimated $110 million in value.
About The Endeavor Awards:
The Endeavor Awards Gala (http://www.endeavorawards.org) is an annual event honoring the pilots, individuals and support organizations, corporations and government agencies most responsible for providing Public Benefit Aviation. Sponsoring organizations (listed below) will hold the inaugural Endeavor Awards event on May 4, 2014 at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion in the California Science Center.
Endeavor Awards Gala Sponsors:
Alaska Airlines, UCLA Health, AOPA, Tom & Mary Gallagher Foundation, Jeff & Linda Hendricks Family Foundation, Kauffman Family Foundation, JetAVIVA, Tempus Aircraft Sales & Service, King Schools, Jim & Glenys Slavik, Angel Flight West, Pacific Post and Stater Bros. Markets.