Saturday, July 11, 2015

Now Accepting Proposals

Find out how you can receive a grant to strengthen free flight opportunities.  The Foundation for Free Flight is looking to support worthy causes that promote free flight.  The Grants Program assists qualified organizations with funding for projects that preserve or enhance “Free Flight” opportunities. Find out how you can receive a grant.

What kind of projects promote free flight?

Projects that involve preservation, safety, education and competition promote free flight.  The FFF works with local clubs and organizations to protect sites and keep them open for pilots.  Power lines that render a landing zone unusable, federal or state policies that impact campsites near flying sites, roads to launch, roads to landing zones and the implementation of easements or assistance in purchasing land.  Here are a few examples of both past and current success stories.

In 2005 a matching grant of $10,000 was awarded for purchase and an easement of the West Rutland Launch in Vermont, which will allow
Hang gliding to continue there for years into the future.

Safety Campaigns and Education

“Hook in!” the two words commonly seen on hang glider launch ramps across the country, have helped to reduce those types of accidents over the years.  These visual reminders are an example of what can come from problem solving as a community to minimize risk.


In Europe, sports like hang gliding and paragliding are highly valued by the culture and supported by the community at large.  American pilots are grossly underfunded by comparison, putting them at a disadvantage.  Teams like the 2005 years X Alps paraglider pilots are a group of highly accomplished and deserving pilots. 

Dave Turner, Dawn Westrum, Honza Rejmanek, Gavin McClurg

Their accomplishments alone do not help them compete at a world-class level.  They need to have the necessary logistical support while there and to get there and then back home they need financial resources.  While most of the money comes from there own pockets sometimes it is not enough to compete with European teams.

Resources to Keep Free Flight Opportunities Available

In many cases, negotiating with local, state and federal agencies can be overwhelming.  Private land owners also have a relationship with local clubs.  The quality of those relationships and the negotiations can keep free flight alive for years to come.

In many cases a project seems too big.  “Our club doesn’t have the funds to do that.”  Small organizations and groups of pilots may not realize that the Foundation for Free Flight is designed to support their efforts.  Accepting proposals for worthy projects is part of the mission.  Building ramps, burying power lines and assisting with legal fees are the kind of projects the Foundation for Free Flight is looking to support. 

What you can do?

Besides donating to the Foundation, you can help on a local level.  If your club or team has a project that seems overwhelming, consider submitting a proposal.  We want to support free flight in the USA.  You are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for the next deadline.  

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, the application process can be simplified by contacting the Foundation for Free Flight grants committee before completing a grant application. Call  Foundation for Free Flight at 559-338-2370 or email with a brief description of your project. A Foundation for Free Flight Grants Program Advocate will then contact you to discuss your project and provide information that will help you with the application process.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oct 10-18-09: ABC News aired this news piece about Hang Gliding.
Thanks to Riss Estes from the Foundation Board the Foundation for Free Flight was able to help grant money to sponser this education and publicity for Hang Gliding on ABC TV.

FFF helped sponsor this past summer. Pretty Cool.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Presentation for the USHPA Meeting, Nov 14th about the FFF

I have developed the following presentation to be shared with USHPA members about the Foundation at the Fall 2009 Meeting in Austen TX. It overviews some of the highlights of the history and success of the Foundation.

Tenn. Tree Toppers Team Challange for 2010 Awarded

The Tenn. Tree Toppers were awarded an Foundation grant in Sept. for the promotion of their Competition.

The Request from Tenn. Tree Toppers was as follows:
The TTT hope to continue in our quest to promote and develop free flight thru our club's many projects. The Team Challenge has proven to be a very successful venue for this effort. TTT would like bring our program to other clubs and to pilots who may have difficulty financing a trip to Tennessee for this week of learning thru friendly competition. We ask the Foundation for Free Flight to sponsor 5 pilots 2010 for our Team Challenge. We would like to place an emphasis on finding "A" pilots who would like to come, learn from us, then promote similar events in their home flying communities, and "B" and "C" pilots who are motivated pilots who are recommended by their local flying clubs for our teaching meet! The ground amount of $700 would provide entrance fees for five pilots.

For more information Contact the Foundation.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Adding FFF Bogspot to the FFF Web Site

As an experiment I am adding this Blog Website link to the FFF Web Site in hopes that it may begin to be used more. If others see this feel free to add comments or feedback to what you want through this Blog. Hopefully it will gain more use this way.

The FFF is still alive an kicking.

The Foundation for Free Flight is still alive and kicking. This past June we updated our website and completed most of our naming conversions over from the older Foundation name which had been the United States Hang Gliding Foundation.

Again the link to the Web Site is: also the older URL still works to the new site.