WINGs winner donates some of his award to youth aviation program

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Lee Helfer, a pilot from The Villages in Florida and a member of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534, recently donated $500 to the chapter’s youth program, called Squadron 534.

Lee’s donation came about from his own good fortune: He recently won $1,500 in the FAA’s WINGS Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is designed to encourage pilots to compete phases of the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. For each phase completed, a pilot gets an entry in the sweepstakes, which awards a total of $10,000 to a number of pilots every year.

According to Lee, the rest of his WINGS award will go towards his in-flight pilot proficiency program and aviation fuel. That means the total amount will be reinvested in general aviation.

It is donations like Lee’s that keep the youth program rolling and enable the chapter to continue to teach young people about the wonders of flight and to train them to build and repair general aviation aircraft, according to John Weber, the chapter’s vice president and director of the Aviation Youth Program, which is run out of the EAA Chapter 534 hangar at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE).

(Center) EAA Chapter 534 member Lee Helfer turns over a check for $500 to Vice President John Weber to support

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