MyGoFlight Challenges Industry to Help Create More Pilots

Sun ‘n Fun president and CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts discusses Pilot One³ at Sun ‘n Fun 2016. Megan Elliott

MyGoFlight, maker of iPad kneeboards, mounts and flight bags, teamed up with Sun ‘n Fun, Women in Aviation and the AOPA Foundation to launch a new pilot-creation initiative that companies of all sizes can participate in — and it’s pushing for the rest of the industry to join in.

The new initiative, coined Pilot One³, is the brainchild of MyGoFlight CEO Charles Schneider’s 16-year-old daughter, Aly. “When Aly asked what we were doing to help more people to become pilots, our initial reaction was puzzlement,” Schneider said. “What could we possibly do that would make a difference?”

But Aly kept pushing until Schneider came to the realization that while his company doesn’t know anything about awarding scholarships or recruiting pilots, he knows plenty of people in the industry who do.

“Everybody has this feeling that they want to give back, but they don’t have the mechanism to do it,” Schneider said. “So the idea is connecting the dots.” Pilot One³ stands for one aviation industry and one percent of revenue to add one pilot at a time. In line with the mission, MyGoFlight is donating one percent of its revenue in the form of gift cards and to existing scholarship programs.

Companies interested in offering their products or services, and scholarship programs interested in becoming recipients, can email or call Schneider at 303-364-7400 x111.

“By motivating the industry to collaborate, come together, and all of us providing one piece at a time, we actually can generate enough opportunity to get the aviation industry and aerospace professionals jumpstarted again, to get this thing rollin’ like it was in the '50s, '60s and '70s,” said John “Lites” Leenhouts, president and CEO of Sun ‘n Fun.

“The old days are behind us,” Leenhouts said, “but now we can create a new way.”


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