American Aero FTW Donation to Navy SEAL Foundation

Kicks Off New Scholarship Program for Pilot Education  

 ‘Red, White and Blue’ matching funds program allows FBO customers to help provide scholarships to former SEALs interested in pilot certification

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 10, 2017) –  American Aero FTW, a fixed base operator (FBO) at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, helped launch a new scholarship program with the Navy SEAL Foundation today, with a $22,000 donation to support pilot training for former SEALs. The check was presented on the first day of the NBAA 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas. 

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. The new scholarship program will help fill a gap in funding from the GI Bill, by covering pilot training.

This marks the FBO’s fifth annual contribution to the Foundation, for a total donation of more than $83,000. Funding comes from the American Aero FTW “Red, White and Blue” program, which enables customers to contribute 10 cents from every gallon of fuel purchased. The FBO matches those donations dollar for dollar.   

“American Aero FTW leaders and team members share a passion for private aviation that is clearly displayed every day in the service and safety we provide for our customers,” Brown said. “We are honored to extend that effort to support those who have served this country at the highest level and give them a chance to pursue their own dreams in aviation.”

Foundation CEO Robin King said there is considerable interest in pilot education among Foundation clientele. “This scholarship is a great way to support former SEALs as they transition out of the military and into new career opportunities,” King said.  “Navy SEALs are the best that this country has to offer, and we are grateful for companies like American Aero FTW and its customers for aligning themselves with our mission.”

The Navy SEAL Foundation supports elite warriors and their families by empowering and assisting them through challenges and triumphs. The Foundation delivers services through six program areas—Warrior & Family Support, Educational Opportunities, Tragedy Assistance & Survivor Support, Warrior Transition, Veterans Support, and Legacy Preservation.

Riggs Brown (far right), American Aero FTW general manager, presents a $22,000 donation from the FBO to Eddie Everett, representing the Navy SEAL Foundation. Everett is a retired SEAL Master Chief and combat veteran who lives in Las Vegas. The donation launches a new scholarship program with the Navy SEAL Foundation to support pilot training for former SEALs. (Also pictured are Angela Thurmond and Miranda Wade.)

Built on an unparalleled legacy and established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national, non-profit benevolent organization headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. The Foundation is a resolute cornerstone for the Naval Special Warfare community and their families in times of adversity and triumph. A comprehensive set of programs designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss is the Foundation’s focus.

Visit the Navy SEAL Foundation Online.

About American Aero FTW  

Ranked No. 1 in the world in the annual Aviation International News FBO Reader Survey, American Aero FTW is a fixed-base operator (FBO) located at Meacham International Airport (KFTW) in Fort Worth, Texas. The business is focused on refueling, ground handling, servicing and storing of business and private aviation aircraft and provides extensive crew and passenger amenities. Founded in 2012, American Aero is the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s recently rebuilt administration building. It was the first FBO in the world to receive Stage 3 IS-BAH certification, a rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). American Aero is an Avfuel-branded and Signature Select™-affiliated FBO. The FBO also offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space. More information can be found at