American Aero FTW Hits $100,000 Mark with Annual
Donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation
FBO annual giving supports tuition for pilot training; Three SEALs awarded scholarships in first year of new program
FORT WORTH, Texas (September 27, 2018) – American Aero FTW, a fixed base operator (FBO) at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, marked its sixth annual charitable contribution to the Navy SEAL Foundation with a $25,653 donation—and two major milestones. This year, the FBO’s total donations since 2013 topped the $100,000 mark, and three SEALs have received pilot training scholarships under the American Aero FTW matching funds program.
American Aero FTW’s donations allowed the Navy SEAL Foundation to launch a new scholarship last fall. This year, two active duty and one retired SEAL have used the scholarships to advance their desire to pursue pilot certification. The tuition reimbursements were applied to FAA Rotary Wing Pilot Commercial Add-on, Rotorcraft-Helicopter Private Pilot, and Commercial Pilot Aviation Instrument Rating certifications. The new scholarship helps fill a gap in funding from the GI Bill.
The donation comes from the American Aero FTW “Red, White and Blue” program, which enables customers and vendors to contribute. The FBO matches those donations dollar for dollar and provides additional funding to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
“At American Aero FTW, we want our customers to experience our service and professionalism at every touch point, and this scholarship is another way to do just that,” said Robert M. Bass, founder of American Aero FTW. “We are honored to support those who envision their careers in aviation and have served this country at the highest level.”’
Foundation CEO Robin King said interest in pilot education among Foundation clientele continues to climb in step with a hot aviation job market. “This scholarship in particular helps prepare former SEALs to move into new careers as civilian pilots,” King said. “American Aero FTW and its customers are making a significant contribution, and we are grateful.”
In 2018, American Aero FTW was ranked the #1 FBO in Dallas/Fort Worth and among the top 5 percent of FBOs in the world in the AIN FBO Survey. The FBO also supports an annual holiday toy drive for Toys for Tots, donating hundreds of bicycles and toys to children in need each year.
American Aero FTW Founder Robert M. Bass and Navy SEAL Foundation Director of Development Chris Irwin celebrate the FBO’s milestone donation to the Navy Seal Foundation. Since 2013, American Aero FTW and its customers have contributed $100,000. Funding is earmarked to support SEALs to interested in earning pilot certification. Also pictured (L-R), American Aero FTW Customer Service Representative Miranda Hodges and Assistant General Manager Angela Thurmond.
ABOUT THE NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION
The Navy SEAL Foundation supports all active-duty Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel, including U.S. Navy SEALs, and their families stationed all over the world. It provides critical programs for NSW Gold Star families and NSW veterans. In 2017, over 14.5 million dollars was invested in program support for these warriors and their families.
Like the community it serves, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a high performing organization committed to excellence. NSF has received seven consecutive 4-Star ratings from Charity Navigator. It is one of only 60 charities from among more than 9,000 to have earned a perfect score of 100 for our financial health, accountability and transparency, placing NSF in the top 1% of the rated charities. Ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs or is retained for future mission use.
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501c3 national non-profit charitable organization. TAX-ID 31-1728910. NSF is a non-federal entity and is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no governmental status.
Visit the Navy SEAL Foundation Online.
About American Aero FTW
Ranked #1 in the world in the 2020 Aviation International News (AIN) FBO 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. In January 2017, American Aero FTW unveiled a new 8,400-square-foot facility as the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s administration building. The FBO offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space. American Aero also leads the industry in ground handling safety as one of the first FBOs to earn International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) accreditation in 2015. In 2017, it was among the first FBOs to earn Stage 2 certification. In 2019, it was the first FBO in the world to receive Stage 3 certification. IS-BAH is a rigorous safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). American Aero FTW is an AvFuel branded and Signature Select™ affiliated FBO and offers AvTrip and Signature TailWins® points, Signature Status® benefits, and the benefits of the Signature Flight Support network.