CARLSBAD, CA (JAN. 20, 2017) – The SoCal Aviation Association (SCAA) enters 2017 committed to building the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California. In addition to hosting networking functions, safety days, informational luncheons, golf tournaments and more, SCAA remains committed to its ongoing mission:
To mentor, educate, and encourage young people to become involved in and deeply engaged with our industry.
“We are proud to continue to play a small yet valuable role in the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California,” said SCAA President Craig Foster. “By donating our time, talents, and resources to key area organizations, we help ensure the next generation has the tools, experience, passion, and love needed to keep us all moving forward. We’re excited about the many ways we continue to ‘pay it forward’ here at SCAA.”
In 2016, the SCAA demonstrated this commitment by making a series of valuable donations to several key organizations. Towards the end of the year, SCAA donated $1,500 to The Santa Monica Airport Association, with an eye toward assisting them in efforts to keep the airport open. SCAA has also donated to Lyon Air Museum in Orange Count – and joined forces with them to assist in their valuable education program.
In 2012, a partnership in education was established between the Lyon Air Museum and Newport Mesa Unified School District, via a program entitled “The Greatest Generation – A WWII Field Trip Experience.” As part of the District’s curriculum, students are led through several Museum exhibits by knowledgeable docents, with stops at distinct sectors that are staffed by World War II veterans.
At these educational and emotional stops, students are given an opportunity to meet the veterans, hear their stories and ask questions. Firsthand accounts given by the veterans include topics such as the Attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day Invasion, Strategic Bombing Missions over Germany, and Life as a Prisoner-of-War. In addition, many of the veterans distribute personal “collector” cards – much like baseball cards – featuring their biographical information, military service pictures, service awards received, and interesting tidbits about their time in service.
The positive feedback this program has received from teachers and students alike is phenomenal. In 2017, the program enters its seventh successful year, and is anticipated to impact approximately 30 schools and more than 60 sixth-grade classes.
The Lyon Air Museum will be adding a new business aviation exhibit that recognizes Lyon Air Museum, Martin Aviation and SCAA’s contributions to the business aviation community. The exhibit is expected to increase exposure to the business aviation community…
In addition to its donations to the Orange County Lyon Air Museum and the Santa Monica Aviation Association, SCAA has given nearly $400,000 to various organizations over the past seven years. In 2016 alone, SCAA awarded more than $8,000 in donations, $7,000 in scholarships and $75,000 in training awards.
“All of us at SCAA recognize the importance and impact of giving back to our community and industry,” said Foster. “We didn’t get to where we are as an organization today on our own, and the future growth and advancement of our entire industry depends on contributions from all of us here, today. We’re all in this together, and that’s something that we never forget.”
About Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA)
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) focuses on safety, mentoring, career development and networking in the aviation industry. The stated mission of SCAA is to advance and promote aviation-related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to Southern California communities, companies and the general public. SCAA membership is comprised of corporate, service sector and non-profit entities, as well as individuals with a strictly aviation focus. As part of its mission to promote and grow the aviation industry, SCAA also awards multiple scholarships and awards each year. You can learn more online at www.socalaviation.org.